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The Raduha

The Raduha, at an elevation of 2062 metres, is a very popular mountain among the hikers. Through the process of deepening its river bed, the River Savinja separated it from the rest of the Kamniško-Savinjske Alps massif, which is why the Raduha is famous for a beautiful view from its top.

The Raduha has two faces. The slope stretching towards Luče is moderately steep, overgrown with trees, dwarf pines, and with alpine meadows close to the top. On the side facing Solčava in the northwest, there are high cliffs. The mountain is famous for its rich alpine vegetation, and even more for its Snežna Jama Cave. The Raduha is also very suitable for winter hiking and backcountry skiing.

The Lučka Bela Valley

A solitary and uninhabited glacier valley which stretches into the heart of the Kamniško-Savinjske Alps and hides many fascinating places. The valley is shaped in two elevation levels which are connected by the brook Bela with a short wild gorge named Lonci. Since the valley was the only nesting area of the Peregrine Falcon, it has been declared an ornithological reserve.

 There are also other endangered bird species present here. At the foot of the valley, there are the fascinating springs Dovnikovi studenci which are very strong after a downpour or when the snow melts. The Lučka Bela Valley is also an interesting place because of the remains of the virgin forest with its large trees.

Snežna Jama Cave

A relatively newly discovered (1981) underground cave which has become the most important natural sight in the community of Luče apart from the Igla. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful highland caves in the Alps. The entrance to the cave is through a sinkhole and it was often hidden by large quantities of snow which did not melt even in the summer.

 The cave is over 1300 metres long with 800 metres open for visitors. A mountainous scenery, the entrance through a sinkhole, an ice lake and ice sculptures, a rich decor of stalagmites and stalactites - all these elements make a visit to the cave unforgettable.

Rjavčeva Jama Cave

Located not far from the Igla and around 90 metres above the river bed of Savinja, this cave is interesting because of its rich fauna, numerous shafts, stalagmites, stalactites and a siphon lake. The cave is 418 metres long and 83 metres deep.

It was formed in dark grey triassic limestone, probably by side permeation of the River Savinja. Inside the cave, there are interesting sediments to be found and there is a paleontological site where bones of the cave bear have been discovered. There is a siphon lake at the bottom.

The Gorge of Brložnica

A fascinating gorge of the Brložnica watercourse in Podvolovljek. The small streams and water channels that flow from the areas of Kašni Vrh, Volovljek and partly Velika planina, join in Podvolovljek. These watercourses, however, have not carved their beds into the soft marlstone surface, but have cut nothing short of a canyon into the harder limestone. In its lower part, the gorge becomes wider.

On the right bank, there is the entrance to the Tomaževčeva Zijalka Cave, and the slope is overgrown with yew trees. At the end of the gorge, a dam of a small hydroelectric power plant blocks the stream. Under the dam, there are the Lučnica springs which are the source of most of the underground water from Velika planina.

The Intermittent Spring (Presihajoči studenec)

It is one of the oldest natural monuments in Slovenia. It came under protection together with the Igla in 1948. The Intermittent Spring is a very interesting and rare natural phenomenon. There are very few similar sights in Slovenia.

In 1909, Ferdinand Seidl, a Slovene naturalist, described how the spring works. The water flows from a cliff into a gravel depression then flowing in stops and water in spring slowly permeates through the gravel. This is repeated every 10-20 minutes.

Igla (The Needle)

Igla is a tall rock obelisk which was declared a natural monument already back in 1948. There is a legend about the origin of the Igla. Once upon a time, there lived a maiden, "Ajdovska Deklica«, who was so tall that she had to keep her feet on two mountains - one on the Raduha and the other on the Veža. When she was sewing a shirt one day, the thick fabric broke her needle. She became angry and flung the needle into the valley. The needle then pierced into the slope above the river and has remained there until this day.

There is an approximately 2-metre crevice separating the rock face from the 40-metre isolated rock. Up until 1894, through this crevice led a path from Luče to Solčava. The Igla is located in the narrowest, the rockiest and the most beautiful part of the Savinja Gorge.

Fun fact: Igla (The Needle) - There is a legend about the origin of the Igla. Once upon a time, there lived a maiden, »Ajdovska Deklica«, who was so tall that she had to keep her feet on two mountains - one on the Raduha and the other on the Veža. When she was sewing a shirt one day, the thick fabric broke her needle. She became angry and flung the needle into the valley. The needle then pierced into the slope above the river and has remained there until this day.

Trbiška Zijalka Cave

A karst cave which is protected as a natural monument. Bones of the cave bear have been found in it. The cave is located on the right bank of the River Savinja, not far from the Pečovski bridge. It is 237 metres long and 30 metres deep.

It holds a rich fauna including an endemic bug called Orotrechus Lucensis, which is the reason why a net blocks the cave. Under the Trbiška Zijalka Cave, on the shore of the River Savinja, there are three other smaller caves from which karst springs emerge during periods of heavy rain.

The Dleskovška Plateau

A vast plateau with extraordinary natural features in the eastern part of the Kamniško-Savinjske Alps. The Dleskovška Plateau stretches between the Poljšak forest reserve in the east and Vršiči and Presedljaj in the west. The typical domed peaks of Veliki vrh, Dleskovec, Deska and others can be found here. These mountains encircle a rugged landscape which is in some parts overgrown with dwarf pines, covered with sinkholes and therefore not easily accessible.

In other parts there are smooth valleys and karst depressions used as mountain pastures: Dolga Trata, Korošica, Vodotočne. From the plateau, you can enjoy an amazing view of the peaks of Ojstrica and Planjava and the area's diverse alpine flora and fauna.

The Cuc Waterfall

A three-level waterfall, reaching 60 metres in height. The waterfall is located above Riher Farm in Podvolovljek on the path leading to the Riherska fir tree and Rogatec.

Lake Pri Jezerniku

A small, presumably glacial lake. The glacier from the mountain Raduha sliding down the Slapnikov Jarek blocked the valley of the River Savinja, which was shallower at that time, and on the opposite bank deposited moraine which then created a small lake.

The lake is an interesting biotope including species which are not so typical for Luče (e.g. calamus). Various species of fi sh have been introduced to the lake's ecosystem.

Riherska jelka

Is a magnificent fir tree located near Riher Farm. It is more than 250 years old and over 27 metres high, with a girth of 560 centimetres. To reach the Riherska fir tree, turn left in Luče for the Podvolovljek Valley and after three kilometres turn left again to get to Riher Farm. From there, follow the marked path leading to the Riherska Draga.

This is the location of the Riherska fir tree - near an abandoned pasture, at 1065 metres. The core of its trunk is hollow and open. Its main top has dried up and side branches now function as the tree’s five tops.

The River Savinja

From its source to the community of Ljubno, the River Savinja is under protection as a natural monument. In its upper course, the River Savinja and its tributaries form one of the most beautiful river basins in the Slovene alpine region. On its course through the municipality of Luče, the River Savinja flows past many natural sights. In the municipality of Luče, its course begins in the hills of Kačjek where is the Rjavčeva Jama Cave 90 metres above the river bed. Further down, follows Igla and below it Presihajoči studenec - the Intermittent Spring. At Zavračka Trata, the river suddenly changes its course and continues towards the south-east. On its right bank, the river passes by numerous springs, around 25 altogether, called Pečovski Studenci, and above them there is the Trbiška Zijalka Cave. Then the Savinja leaves the narrow limestone gorge and enters the broad Luče basin. Before this area was inhabited, there was a large limestone gravel area, which could explain the origin of the name »Luče« (= lit. »light«) - the brightness of the gravel was in stark contrast to the dark colors of the andesite tuff surrounding it.

There is a narrow rocky ridge called Breznica, the confluence of the rivers Savinja and Lučnica, and a place where the river makes an interesting 180-degree meander. From the Luče basin, the River Savinja continues its course on an andesite surface. After approximately 2 kilometres, the river makes its way through moraine boulders created by a glacier from Raduha. Here, the flow of the River Savinja is at its wildest.

The Rogatec

At an elevation of 1557 metres, the Rogatec is a high pre-Alpine mountain, famous for its rich geological structure. Due to the isolated position of this mountain, the view from its top is extraordinary - you can observe not only the Kamniško-Savinjske Alps, but also the Ljubljana Basin, the Zasavje Mountain Range and the Smrekovško Mountains.

Together with its ridges, the Rogatec forms a watershed between the Luče and Gornji Grad basins. The hiking track in the direction from Kal in the south is very difficult. It is easier to access the peak from the Špeh farm.

Source: Občina Luče

 

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