A Road Trip Through Soca Valley

A Road Trip Through Soca Valley

The Soca Valley of #Slovenia has everything an #active traveler could ever ask for. Luckily, the Bovec Sport Center makes it easy to plan a trip by offering a 6 day all-inclusive adventure where you can choose 5 outdoor activities, from #kayaking to #ziplining to #paragliding and more.


The fairytale Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj had shown me a magical side of Slovenia; one with enchanting lakes and glorious sunrises. Now, I was about to explore a new area; an intangible valley with its own legends, walled with majestic mountains and marked by a pristine river in dramatic turquoise colors.

I was going to Soča Valley.

What can I tell you about this wonderful, enthralling area? Well, for starters it’s an adventurer’s wonderland. 

it’s an adventurer’s wonderland

Wonderland, because it has anything an active traveler could possibly want: zip lining, white water rafting, paragliding, kayaking, biking, hiking, bungee jumping, fishing... and the list just keeps going.

Personally, I was most impressed by its mountainous nature and emerald river. Take a look for yourself and tell me if you agree.

Lake Jasna

Lake Jasna

I was spending the day with the lovely Maja from Sports Center Bovec and our first stop was Lake Jasna. This picturesque glacial lake is halfway between Bled and Vrsic Pass.

The lake is guarded by a statue of Zlatorog, the legendary mountain goat of Mt. Triglav. Remember I mentioned him in my last post?

Legend tells that this mythical mountain goat lived on the Triglav Mountain, guarding a secret treasure. It was shot by a hunter who was after the treasure, but the dying Zlatorog ate a flower which revived it. After that, it killed the hunter and destroyed the garden. Since then it left the area, never to return.

Slovenia has several statues of Zlatarog. There’s one at Lake Bohinj, too.

Statue of Zlatorog
Statue of Zlatorog
The gorgeous scenery
The gorgeous scenery

Vršič Pass 

Vršič – can you pronounce that? I spoke to someone in Bovec who said that if you can pronounce Vršič, then you can pronounce anything in Slovene. I guess it’s like the word refrigerator in English or rød grød med fløde in Danish.

For the record, it’s pronounced ver-sheech.

Vršič pass
Scenic Alpine views

So. Vršič. It’s a high mountain pass across the Julian Alps that connects Kranjska Gora with Bovec and it was originally built for military purposes during World War I. 

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Fun Paragliding Over Bled Lake

The road through the pass is currently known as Ruska cesta (“Russian Road”), renamed in July 2006 to honor the Russian prisoners of war that were forced to build it.

The road has 50 serpentines. *Hello, motion sickness*
Elevation of 1,200 m

Just off the main road, on the north side of the pass, there is a Russian Orthodox chapel. It was built by the Russian POWs to commemorate their comrades dead during the road construction.

Intimidating? Nah...
Intimidating? Nah...
Ruska kapelica (Russian chapel)
Front view of the chapel
Front view of the chapel

Another interesting sight at the pass is the Heathen Maiden, also known as Ajdovska decklica. She is part of the legend about the Goldenhorn and the Nymph dwelling in the mountain, which goes like this:

Once upon a time, a nymph prophesied to the son of a hunter that he would kill the Goldenhorn (that’s Zlatorog, the famous mountain goat). When her sisters heard of this inadmissible prophecy, they punished her by turning her into a rock. Her face has stayed there till now.

Can you see her?
Here she is up close
The heathen maiden can be seen in the Mount Prisojnik

Bees in Bovec

After a few hours drive through the narrow mountain pass, we reached the majestic Soca Valley. We headed towards the main town Bovec, which is a charming little place with a growing reputation for adventure sports.

The valleys surrounding Bovec are dotted with beautiful alpine houses and cottages, and it’s also a popular place for bee keepers. It was time for lunch so we visited Maya’s bee farm there.

Traditional Slovenian bee hives
The bees are active
The bees are active
Carnolian bees

After lunch, I tried Bee Aromatheraphy. It was my first time so I was really curious how and if it would have an effect. As I learned, bees create a special microclimate, which relieves mostly lung problems, anxiety and helps the body relax. I got the mask on and inhaled the aerosols for about an hour. It was very relaxing and calming.

Homemade honey brandy
Homegrown honey, cheese and strawberries from Maja’s garden. SUPERDELICIOUS.
Welcome to 'bee aromatherapy'
Welcome to 'bee aromatherapy'
The honeycomb
The honeycomb
Looking for the queen bee

Welcome to Narnia

After lunch, we continued our roadtrip and drove through this stunningly beautiful area. For an outsider, entering this Eden felt like clambering through the back of the European wardrobe. And someone did actually, because The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) was shot right here in Bovec, Soca Valley.

Bovec, Soca ValleyWhere The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian film was shot
Bovec, Soca Valley

Tip: This is only a short drive from Bovec.

Bovec, Soca ValleyWhere The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian film was shot
Where The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian film was shot
Driving through the countryside
Driving through the countryside

A little further up the road, we passed the Boka waterfall, which is undoubtedly the mightiest waterfall in Slovenia.

Why?

Simply because it emerges from a spring in a mountain side. Majestic!

The waterfall can be clearly seen from the road from Žaga to Bovec
Kayaks in the distance
We got quite the view
We got quite the view

The Gorges

Another amazing feature of Soca Valley is the river Soca.

Having picked up its colour in underground limestone caverns, Soca river runs through deep canyons into languorous pools filled with white sand and marble trouts. These gorges follow the river through Soca valley, and it’s definitely worth a stop or two for photos.

The river Soca
The river Soca
The colour comes from underground limestone caverns
The colour comes from underground limestone caverns
If it wasn’t so cold, I’d jump right in

The Charming Kobarid

Final stop of the day was Kobarid. After saying goodbye to my guide, I went exploring this charming alpine town and hiked to a nearby waterfall. Kobarid is a small and amiable little town with a historical trail and a number of colorful houses and buildings. It has some of Slovenia’s finest restaurants and a museum about the role of the area as a major front in World War 1.

Kobarid was a beautiful place and also the perfect ending to an epic road trip through the enthralling Soca valley.

Charming KobaridEach house is cuter than the next
Charming Kobarid
Charming KobaridEach house is cuter than the next
Each house is cuter than the next
Kabarid was the perfect ending to our roadtrip
Kabarid was the perfect ending to our roadtrip
The colourful housesA small and amiable town
The colourful houses
The colourful housesA small and amiable town
A small and amiable town
Kobarid has some of Slovenia’s finest restaurants
Kobarid has some of Slovenia’s finest restaurants
The town center
The town center

Many thanks to Spirit Slovenia for generously hosting me in Slovenia, and thanks Maja from Sport Center Bovec for a super fun and active day. As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own, regardless of who is footing the bill.

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