The 1.6 km long Vintgar gorge carves its way through the vertical rocks of the Hom and Bort hills and is graced by the Radovna with its waterfalls, pools and rapids. The educational trail leads you over wooden bridges and Žumr’s galleries, and ends with a bridge overlooking the mighty 13 m high Šum waterfall.
The Vintgar gorge also includes two man-made sights. The single-arch stone bridge of the Bohinj railway, constructed in 1906, which crosses the gorge 33.5 m above the trail, and the dam from which the water is routed to the small Vintgar hydroelectric power plant under the Šum waterfall.
Neither of us knew much about Slovenia before we crossed over, so the country was a complete surprise to us both. Unsure how long we planned to stay we purchased a month vignette at the border for €30, €15 would cover 7 days so it made sense to get the longer vignette. We made the initial mistake of heading coastal to find a place to stay, but it was overcrowded and packed, hardly a surprise as their coastline is only 47km. Driving around getting stressed looking for a place to stay is never fun so we headed in land towards Tolmin Gorge, staying at a services along the way.
The weather was stunning when we awoke, hot and sunny making life easy and packing the bikes away wasn’t a pain at all. Spring was blooming all around us on the drive towards Tolmin, green is the colour that springs to mind when I think of it, everything was just green. Amidst the fields stood numerous hayracks, a structure we’d never seen before and were about to see a lot of in the days to come.
A narrow country lane opened up to a gravel car park and the entrance to Tolmin Gorge. After paying our entrance fee and receiving a free sweet from the young boy assisting the cashier we were on our way, walking along the trail into the stunning place. Two turquoise rivers meet along the gorge; Soča and Tolminka, and have smoothed away the beautiful gorge you see today. We captured our visit to Tolmin Gorge on our video blog here.
That night we drove into the mountains, finding snow (nothing new there!) and staying opposite a closed ski slope - Theo took our little camping table for a sledging session that evening, cracking the table but having a great time.
Bohinj lay at the bottom of the mountain pass so we visited Savica falls nearby, climbing the steps along the trail to take in the impressive waterfall and even more impressive view leading out from there over Bohinj lake.
It was Easter weekend and we’d ran out of water, we’d been on the lookout for days but hadn’t found anywhere to fill up, and purchasing 1.5litre bottles wasn’t exactly cost efficient. Opting to stay at the campsite nearby we were happy to discover heated bathrooms with hot showers, electricity, water, and super fast wifi, and spent the next morning eating our Easter chocolate we’d bought from Aldi a few days before overlooking the river right by our door. An English couple currently living in Hungary were parked nearby and we stopped for a chat, amazed at the warmth their heater spouted out in their motorhome. Dan and Carolyn were really wonderful and had plenty of stories to share about the area.
Lake Bled was a lot closer than we’d realised so we were there that afternoon, parking up overlooking the lake by the train station and jumping on the bikes for a cycle tour of the lake. It was quite crowded seeing as it was Easter weekend, and the temperature had really dropped - it kept snowing as we stood around waiting for Theo’s timelapse to complete. Temperatures were nippy overnight so we layered up under our many duvets and pairs of socks to keep warm in the van, not having a heater ensures you stay creative in your efforts of finding a comfortable nights sleep. Watch our video blog of Lake Bled here.
We’d seen advertisements for the local delicacy - Bled cream cake - so the next morning I walked back along the lake front to buy a slab from the cafe opposite the campsite. And wow, it was delicious, especially as it was 75% custard!
VINTGAR GORGE, Slovenia - Vintgar Gorge, or Bled Gorge as it’s also known as, is undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary places to visit in Slovenia. This stunningly picturesque gorge with turquoise water of the Radovna river and a spectacular waterfall at the far end is part of the Triglav National Park and is located just outside the northern side of Bled. It has been made into a huge attraction by the addition of walkways alongside and across the river.