The Slovenian word for waterfall is “slap” and your first glimpse of some of these waterfalls mightl feel like a bit of a slap in the face as you are hit with the power and incredible beauty of nature.
Green Slovenia has the largest natural supply of water in Europe per km and there are many waterfalls in different shapes & sizes and with different power levels depending on the season and situation up river or in the Alps. Several can be seen as you tour around in the car, but the best ones in our view, need a little bit of hiking to.
Slap Kozjak, we call it Kojak falls, (70 mins) is just one of these natural delights where you walk along an easy marked trail, then follow a riverbed with little hobbit-like bridges to cross. Your walk is then rewarded as you turn a rock corner standing on a cliff ledge as you see Kojak falls at the end of a crystal clear pool. Get your camera out and bring a lollipop for a "who loves ya baby, Kojak Selfie"!
Some people swim up to the waterfall in the pool or even climb and jump off into the pool depending on the water power, but just the walk here is an absolute delight and there are plenty of other natural features and fun places close by to make this trip a very special day out.
We love stopping off at Slap Pericnik (70 mins) whenever we do one of the circle roundtrip over the Alpine passes up over the Alps and back to the Lodge. The Alpine daytrip tour is full of delights by car, so it’s a great opportunity to stretch the legs and walk up to the falls. You have to go up a stone road several km along a crystal clear river in a place called the Triglav Gate, Triglav is Slovenia’s highest mountain and you get a great view of the 3 heads (Triglav) from here.
There are 2 ways to walk up to the waterfall and they are both steep but safe and bring you right up in front of the tap gushing tonnes of water down in front of your eyes. You could even walk behind this falls, but we have never seen anyone mad enough to try it. This is a really great secret stopping off place to see a beautiful waterfall up close and near the start of the track is a nice little inn.
Slap Savica (75 mins) is often missed by visitors to the lakes as people realise too late there are so many things to do and see at Bled and Bohinj that they have no time to fit in this waterfall.. mistake! There is a separate car park at the end of the beautiful lake Bohinj and then a steep path up to a wooden platform with views across to the waterfall and an extra bonus vista across the Slovenian Julian Alps.
The walk is like going up a big stone staircase, there are picnic tables on the way up and you could easily take a leisurely hour to go up. You can also do a much longer and epic walk around to almost the back of the waterfall if you set off from the little village at the end of the lake and walk up through the mountains. (Not done yet, but on the list)!
The Little Bridge Waterfall (75 mins) Slap Mostnica, is the reward at the end of the Litlle Bridge Gorge walk, where you walk alongside a stunning crystal clear gorge up into the Alps. Be sure to explore a bit extra when you get up to these falls as it is actually a double falls with the second lower falls almost hidden away from view.
The Boka falls (100 mins) are the largest in Slovenia and ones you could see from the car on the way through the Soca valley on a trip up into the Alps. Most people are content with a view from the car, but you can also stop off and walk to them. There are also a set of secret waterfalls just 25 minutes from the Lodge which have been found by some of our more adventurous guests, but these are really dangerous so they will remain a secret.