Picture perfect destinations: Slovenian Alps

A few years ago we started going on the Alpine summer escapes as a way to avoid the heat and enjoy the fresh air and the peace of the mountains. Those escapes are short but sweet, active, relaxing and really rewarding.

 Lake of Krn- a perfect day trip destination!

Lake of Krn- a perfect day trip destination!

Bovec is a little town surrounded by alpine peaks in the Soca river valley, and is a starting point for many extreme and not so extreme sports that this region has to offer.
Our preferences are hiking and cycling, and we did try the sit-on-top kayak once- it was a great fun regardless of the cold water! 

 The Lake of Krn hiking trail

The Lake of Krn hiking trail

This was our second time in Bovec, but this is one of those places that you could visit over and over again and every time explore a new hiking trail or just enjoy the freshest mountain air and the unbeatable views.
The nature here is beautiful in all the weather conditions- this time we had two days of rain and misty fog and two perfectly sunny days. 

 Emerald waters of river Soca

Emerald waters of river Soca

The river Soca which carves the valley is an emerald jewel of Slovenia- and as every natural beauty has to be seen in person, because the photos don't do it justice.
There is a 25 km long walking trail that runs from the stream to the town of Bovec- this time we enjoyed it wrapped in our rain capes and surrounded by the sound of raindrops on the leaves, misty traces of fog right above the water, and the crisp autumn air at the end of August.

More info on Soca River Trail here.

 One of many hanging bridges over the river Soca

One of many hanging bridges over the river Soca

Our two hiking destinations were the Boka waterfall just outside of the town and the lake of Krn above the Lepena valley.
A hike to Boka waterfall isn't that long, but is pretty steep, so we were a bit exhausted and wet by the time we got to the viewpoint. There is a nice view of the valley and the waterfall, which we enjoyed by ourselves, as there were no other hikers yet.

 The Boka stream viewed from above

The Boka stream viewed from above

As for the lake of Krn, it’s a two hour walk uphill (and a bit shorter walk downhill) from the Alpine hut called Dom Klementa Juga in the Lepena valley. The path is wide, well marked, and definitely worth climbing!

 For me, this is as good as it gets in terms of complete relaxation

For me, this is as good as it gets in terms of complete relaxation

There is an Alpine hut on the top, before you reach the lake, where we had a typical Slovenian mountain dish- Jota (beans with sour cabbage), some sausages, apple strudel, beer and schnapps (also traditional). :)

 Relaxing at the Lake of Krn Alpine hut

Relaxing at the Lake of Krn Alpine hut

The lake itself is an impressive scene- surrounded by gigantic rocky mountains reflecting in the dark green waters.

 Picture perfect road that leads to the Lake of Krn

Picture perfect road that leads to the Lake of Krn

 Stunning scenery on the Lake of Krn

Stunning scenery on the Lake of Krn

The place is quiet and peaceful, and we spent quite a time sitting on the shore, dipping our feet in the cold water, and photographing a bunch of colorful butterflies which were landing everywhere- on our heads, shoes, hands, bags... They were lovely!

 A beautiful visitor!

A beautiful visitor!

When we got back to the hut in the valley, we rewarded ourselves with their tasty blueberry cake, made of fresh mountain blueberries! They also have excellent goulash, a nice waiter and affordable prices- so if you're passing through the Lepena valley don't hesitate to stop there!

Even though our stay was short, we had a complete energy refill and a mind&soul vacation. On our way back through Italy, just as we drove out of the Alps it was like as summer was switched on again.

 The pure beauty of nature

The pure beauty of nature