The Julian Alps

Bled Travel Blog

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Pic of the day! This was a place called Kransca Gora, we passed through on our van trip.

Bled. Wow. Thats what the travel books say and its just as picturesque as they make out. The best thing though is that it also has a massive amount of outdoor things to do there.

We arrived in Bled feeling pretty average after a night out in Ljubljana. However the picturesque Bled quickly turned us around and got us out walking around the Lake. The town of Bled in situated on a lake that is just magnificent, the water is a rich blue colour, a nice castle proped on top of a hill, a church on the island in the middle of the lake and a backdrop of snow covered mountains, what more can you ask for?

We were anticipating that bled may just be a gateway to all the activities around the area known as the Julian Alps, however we quickly found out that we could do it all from Bled on day trips, which always makes it much easier not having to haul the bags around to new accom.

You can head out to the church by gondola. A bit cold to swim there at this time of year.

Our first adventure started with a day of canyoning with our guide canyoning bob. We'd never been canyoning before, but hopefully will do a bit more now, it was a ripper. Sliding along channels on your bum or stomach, jumping off ledges into pools and abseiling down little waterfalls. It was great fun.

Adventure number two was a full day tour of the area surrounding Bled. We had intended to take the bus to all these destinations, however as this tour did it all in one day and didn't require us to do anything we were more than happy. The scenery along the whole tour was magnificent, over high mountain passes and though deep valleys. The highlights of the day were rafting in the Emerald River, the water really was emerald colour, it was amazing, and driving the van onto the train for a 50min train ride with beers in the car.

Bled lake very picturesque. Also can take a row boat to the church in the middle.
At one point the train went through a 6.5km long tunnel beneath a mountain, was good viewing from the front seat of the car.

Our last day in Bled led us to the Triglav National Park, so called after Mt Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia. We didn't take on Triglav, but went for nice 10 hour walk into the park. Starting at 6:30 we were off to the bus and started walking in the park about 8:30. The first two hours was a bastard as this was the section we climbed approx 1000m to get up to the main paths, there was some serious sweating going on, but we made it up and walked another 2 hours to lunch at one of the mountain huts (which was closed, how we continue to miss the seasons i do not know). The walk back down took a little longer than expected and with the blisters and chaffage making themselves known, we were two happy little vegemites when we finally made it to the bus stop at 7:20.

bled lake
Back to Bled for a good nights sleep.

The next morning we hired a rental car, it all went very smoothly indeed, we were very sceptical of what was to come. The right hand side, what are these idiots doing, on the left you numskulls! Onto the right hand side for the first time we ventured in our little Renault Clio (so little infact the boot hardly held the backpacks). We hired the car to get down to the Skojcan Caves, the lonely planet claims these caves have no equal worldwide, how could we miss them? As the LP says the caves are unbelievable, Andrew has made the call of slotting them into his top 5! In places they are about 170m high, we crossed a bridge 45m above th river bed below, it was just amazing. Unfortunalty the Slovenians have banned cameras from the caves so we only have postcards from the side of the caves, sorry. Anway we got the car back in one piece and after a bit of squabbling over the phone with Avis, we were away and happy as pigs in you know what.

Off to Piran on the Slovenian coast, all 45kms of it!

mellemel8 says:
the more i see these pics the more i want to travel here. maybe south america can wait :)
Posted on: Jul 03, 2007
Eric says:
Gorgeous! Went here last year, thanks for the photos and for helping me to recall the memories!
Posted on: Jun 06, 2007
Kramerdude says:
Those pictures bring back some memories from a year ago for me...
Posted on: May 18, 2007
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You can head out to the church by …
You can head out to the church by…
Bled lake very picturesque. Also c…
Bled lake very picturesque. Also …
bled lake
bled lake
The Julian Alps behind bled. with …
The Julian Alps behind bled. with…
The river leading to lake bohinj a…
The river leading to lake bohinj …
Climbing the alps at bohinj. It wa…
Climbing the alps at bohinj. It w…
the next part looked a bit tough f…
the next part looked a bit tough …
a long way down.
a long way down.
mountain lake up on the alpine pla…
mountain lake up on the alpine pl…
the plateau was beautiful complete…
the plateau was beautiful complet…
From here you can climb the talles…
From here you can climb the talle…
the path was lost and we didnt hav…
the path was lost and we didnt ha…
Lake bohinj from the alps around..…
Lake bohinj from the alps around.…
Ahoy
Ahoy
the first part of our van tour aro…
the first part of our van tour ar…
The emerald coloured Soca River at…
The emerald coloured Soca River a…
the water made all the rivers look…
the water made all the rivers loo…
rafting on the blue blue soca river
rafting on the blue blue soca river
climbing to the source of the rive…
climbing to the source of the riv…
the water from the Soca source was…
the water from the Soca source wa…
kayaking in the soca (not us unfor…
kayaking in the soca (not us unfo…
the blue almost seems unreal
the blue almost seems unreal
the train back through the mountai…
the train back through the mounta…
the rivers are a beautiful turquoi…
the rivers are a beautiful turquo…
skocjan cave.. the entrance - no p…
skocjan cave.. the entrance - no …
Just outside the Skocjan cave.
Just outside the Skocjan cave.
you can see the cave entrance belo…
you can see the cave entrance bel…
a viaduct we saw on our travels.. …
a viaduct we saw on our travels..…
AC waiting for me to hurry up taki…
AC waiting for me to hurry up tak…
Bled
photo by: wilber85