Activities on the Soča: The Soča River is a veritable paradise for water sports enthusiasts, particularly fans of kayaking and fishing, as well as photographers and people looking to relax in natural surroundings. An extremely popular experience, rafting on Soča is offered by over 20 sports companies in the Soča valley.
Soča is an international natural gem: In the past decades, a number of important international kayaking competitions have taken place on the Soča. In 2007, several scenes for the Disney film The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian were shot on the Soča rapids. Nicknamed the Emerald River, the Soča is famous for its stunning blue-green hue.
Natural sights on the Soča
Velika korita on the Soča
This wild gorge is one of the most beautiful natural sights on the Soča and an important natural treasure in the Triglav National Park. The beautifully carved gorge is 750 long, just a few metres wide and 15 m deep. It boasts mysterious emerald pools. Velika korita on the Soča, an entry point for boating on the river. Boating is prohibited in Velika korita on the Soča. The Velika korita entry point for recreational boating is situated at the end of the gorge. Water flows out of the gorge and into a large pool of vibrant emerald where many people come in the summer to enjoy the cool of the river.
Mala korita on the Soča
Just before the confluence with the Vrsnica, the Soča has carved out Mala korita, a 100 m gorge up to 6 m in depth that is just 1 m wide at the narrowest spot. The Mala korita on the Soča is an important natural treasure of the Triglav National Park. Sporting activities are prohibited on this part of the river. Access to Mala korita on the Soča:On the regional Bovec-Vršič road, park at the turning for Vrsnik. The gorge can be admired from the stone bridge.
The Koritnica river
The Koritnica springs from several streams and torrents under Mangart, Kotovo sedlo and Jalovec. It flows into the Soča near Bovec, at Vodence. The most interesting section of the Koritnica is at the Kluže fort; over a stretch of 200 m, the river has carved out a narrow gorge that reaches depths of 70 m (Korita Kluže, also known as the Koritnica gorge), which is protected as a Slovenian natural treasure. A kayaking entry point is situated at the end of the gorge.
The Učja river
A habitat for countless endangered animal species, the area around the Učja also boasts karst features and other natural sights carved by ice and snow. Once the river crosses the border with Italy, it enters an inaccessible gorge with numerous pools. It flows into the Soča near the village of Žaga.
The Boka waterfall
144 m high and 18 m wide, Slovenia's most majestic waterfall with the highest flow rate is considered one of the most magnificent waterfalls in Europe. Accumulating up in the Kanin mountains, the water springs from a large karst source and falls freely for 106 m, followed immediately by another 30 m drop. Pounding and carving the rocky bed, the waters continue to increase in volume as they fall deeper. The Boka waterfall flow rate is highest in spring and autumn, reaching up to 100 m³/s, while it can drop to as little as 2 m³/s in summer. The rectangular basin with the Boka source is situated at an altitude of 725 m. The average water temperature is 4.5 ºC.Slap Virje
The Virje waterfall
This magical spot at the Virje waterfall is a perfect destination for photographers, couples in love and people looking for relaxation. The Glijun stream boasts a multi-stranded waterfall 12 m in height and 20 m in width. Below, there is a beautiful pool in shades of green.
Potoki s slapovi: The Glijun stream
Waters from the Kanin and Rombon mountains accumulate to form the source of the Glijun (435 m). The stream bustles playfully among the mossy rocks, flowing towards the Virje waterfall and the Plužna artificial lake.
The source of the Glijun - This is one of the largest and most constant karst sources in the Soča valley. Springing from among the rocks in the bed of the Glijun, the water has an average temperature of 5.5 °C. The source is a popular destination for photographers and hikers. A little farther downstream is another popular tourist sight, the Virje waterfall.
The Krnsko jezero lake
The largest mountain lake in Slovenia lies at an altitude of 1391 m. This glacial lake is situated under Krn (2244 m), not far from the mountain lodge at Krnska jezera lakes (1385 m), the Duplje plain and the Dupeljsko jezero lake. The Krnsko jezero lake is close to 400 m long, 150 m wide and up to 17 m deep. It provides a habitat for 40 plant species – mostly algae – and 24 species of lower animals, predominantly small crayfish. Swimming is prohibited in order to protect the lake's ecosystem.
Access to the Krnsko jezero lake: 18 km out of Bovec, there is a clearly marked, well maintained rocky trail. For the most part, it leads through the forest and will bring you to the Dr. Klement Jug House in Lepena. Uphill hiking time: 2.5 hours. Difference in altitude: 690 m. The lake offers beautiful views of Krn and the nearby summits. The lake is surrounded by colourful mountain flowers, including several endangered species such as the yellow Kerner Alpine poppy (P. alpinum subsp. kerneri), a species of aconite (Aconitum angustifolium) and white cottongrass (Eriophorum scheuchzeri).
The Kriška jezera lakes
Situated in the mountainous surroundings of Kriški podi, there are four Alpine lakes, important natural treasures in the Triglav National Park. The upper lake, Zgornje Kriško jezero, is Slovenia's highest lake (2154 m). It measures about 80 x 80 m. The middle lake, Srednje Kriško jezero (1939 m), is round (60 m x 60 m) with a spruce-green colour and is up to 6.5 m deep. The lower lake, Spodnje Kriško jezero (1880 m), is the largest of the three. Oval in shape, it is about 140 m long, 100 m wide and up to 8.5 m deep. The lake has a grassy shore where mountain hikers like to sit and rest. The Pogačnikov dom mountain lodge on Kriški podi (2050 m) is situated in the vicinity of the lakes.
The development of water plant and animal life in the lakes is hindered by the enormous quantities of snow and ice. A few higher water plants can be found along the shores of the lower lake, with algae on the surface and small invertebrates on the lake bed. In the middle and upper lake, water vegetation and animals are considerably sparser. There are no fish.
The Kriška jezera lakes are surrounded by the Julian Alp summits of Razor, Planja, Križ, Stenar, Bovški Gamsovec and Pihavec. They are some 500 m higher than the nearby mountains. Inhabited by marmots, chamois and ibex, in the summer this picturesque area glows with the colours of typical Alpine plants.
Access to the Kriška jezera lakes: On the Bovec-Trenta road, take a right into Zadnjica. Continue until you reach the end of the Zadnjica road, then park your car. From there, a marked mountain trail leads to the Pogačnikov dom mountain lodge on Kriški podi near the lakes. Hiring a mountain guide is recommended.
TRIGLAV (2864 M) - Slovenia's highest mountain is surrounded by the tall peaks of the Julian Alps.
SVINJAK (1653 M) - This famous mountain with a pointed, pyramid-shaped summit, which has earned it the nickname of the Bovec Matterhorn, offers breath-taking views of the Soča and Bovec.
JALOVEC (2645 M) - The 6th highest mountain in Slovenia is situated in the heart of the Triglav National Park over the picturesque Loška Koritnica, the starting point of a very difficult mountain trail to the summit of Jalovec.
VRŠIČ PASS (1611 M) - Slovenia's highest mountain pass with a road that links the Bovec area and Kranjska Gora makes for an excellent starting point for mountain hikes.
KRIŠKI PODI (HIGHER THAN 2000 M) - Kriški podi (2000 m and higher) is a mountain plateau over the Zadnjica valley in Trenta. This highly picturesque part of the Triglav National Park features several small lakes (the Kriška jezera lakes) and is surrounded by the peaks of the Julian Alps.
MANGARTSKO SEDLO (2055 M) - Mangartsko sedlo can be reached via the highest mountain road in Slovenia leading to the beauty spot with views of the Belopeški jezeri lakes at the northern foot of the mountain. The Koča na Mangartskem sedlu mountain cabin is situated under the pass.
MANGART (2679 M) - The fourth highest mountain in Slovenia offers magnificent views of the east and west Julian Alps.
ROMBON (2208 M) - Also known as Veliki vrh, this highest peak in the east Kanin mountains holds many memories of the fierce and bloody fighting on the Isonzo Front (1915-1917).
LOŠKA STENA (HIGHER THAN 2000 M) - The longest mountain face in Slovenia and the Julian Alps is situated in the heart of the Triglav National Park, between Bavšica and Loška Koritnica.
The Srnica Cave
At the foot of the Kanin mountains, there are 750 m of tunnels and caves.
The Mala Boka cave system
This cave system is 1319 m deep and 8168 m long. Possibly one of the deepest cave systems in the world, Mala Boka has been attracting countless experienced cavers for over 30 years now.
The deepest cave in Slovenia and the 10th deepest in the world, Čehi 2 is situated in Rombonski podi over Bovec. A complex cave system that has never been fully explored, Čehi 2 remains a popular destination for Slovenian and international cave expeditions. The total length and depth of the cave have still not been established.
Other caves in the Kanin and Rombon mountains
The Kanin and Rombon mountains boast a veritable maze of pits and caves, widely accepted to contain some of the deepest and most complex caves in Slovenia and on a global scale.
Other caves in the Bovec area
Aside from the mountainous karst features of the Kanin and Rombon mountains with their complex cave system, there are several other caves that demonstrate the geological diversity of the Bovec area.
Fun fact: Intangible heritage - In addition to the Soča Stories project that brought the Soča valley the title of European Destination of Excellence (EDEN), the Bovec destination is also involved in Cultural Capital Counts (CCC), a project within the Central Europe programme.