Zelenci are known as the spring of river Sava Dolinka. Most of the water runs from walley Tamar. The little lake has a significent green colour- from here the name Zelenci (in slovene Zeleno means Green).
It lies in the swamp which is a leftover from a bigger lake from the Ice Epoch.
The speciality of this lake is that in winter it does not froze- the temperature of water is from 5 to 8 degrees.
In 1992 Zelenci were pronounced for the Nacional Reservation.
Who is Kekec?
Kranjska Gora is the birthplace of Josip Vandot, who is the author of stories about the young shepherd boy Kekec, whose inquisitiveness often gets him into trouble, but who always manages to get out of it with his courage and cunningness. The stories of Josip Vandot give us a unique insight into the life several years ago and a series of excellent children’s movies was based on his work. Kekec and his companions the wicked Bedanc, his mysterious aunt Pehta, the wise Vitranc, friendly and gentle Mojca and fearful Rozle.
There are more than 600 steps to the top of the biggest ski jump in the world. When I reached the top I finally realized how brave are the guys who dare to jump on this apparatus.I think one have to be slightly mad to jump into that deepness. I admire those guys and I appreciate their courage. I even hardly look down, but they jump several times a day. Clap,clap for them.
I intended to take my friend to see the Russian chapel at bend no 7 but after we started he insisted we go to the top.
Who am I to argue.
The cobbled section of the road was built by Russian prisoners of war, they must have done a good job because it is still in fair condition.
Just follow the road past Jasna lake into Triglav national park over the new bridge and on to the pass.
The Erjavčeva koča (hut) at 1525m near the face of the buckwheat girl "ajdovska deklica"
is open all year round (if the pass is open that is)so you can get a well deserved beer ready for the final push to the top.
In the martuljek mountain range there are waterfalls to see. The walk to the 30m high lower falls is quite easy but a little slippery in places.
The view from the field before you enter the National park boundry is worth a visit in itself, It is hard to imagine a way thorough to the falls from here. One warning, if it should start to rain anything but lightly, I advise you not to go because the gorge can turn into a raging torrent as the new bridges clearly show. The old route has been washed away, it used to be a path on the left bank of the river.
After the first waterfall there is a mountain hut Brunarica Pri ingotu serving local food and drinks, this is worth a visit while you are there and the scenery in Jasenje meadow is awesome.
From here you can go to the higher fall signposted Zgornji slap II but don't believe the times on some of the signs they seem very optomistic.
If you do not want to come down the same way you can follow the road that leads to the hut in the opposite direction..
Note: on my recent visit on 7th of June 2004 most of the bridges were out (again) this is why you do not go if it rains and we had to walk across on thin planks, scary but fun.
August 2006 and we have all new bridges.
Planica is an alpine valley in northwestern Slovenia,on the south from the border town Ratece, not far from another well known ski resort, Kranjska Gora. Planica is famous for ski jumping. The first ski jumping hill was constructed before 1930 at the slope of the Ponca mountain. In 1934 Stanko Bloudek constructed a larger hill, sometimes also called a mammoth hill. In 1969 a new K-185 hill was constructed by Lado and Janez Gorišek.
The first human ski jump over 100 metres was achieved here in 1936 by an Austrian Sepp Bradl. In 1969 a new K-185 hill was constructed by Lado and Janez Gorišek. Since 1986, when Matti Nykänen flew 191 metres, the world record hasn't moved from Planica to any other of ski flying hills (e.g. Kulm (Tauplitz or Bad Mitterndorf) in Austria, Harrachov in Czech Republic, Oberstdorf in Germany or Vikersund in Norway).
In 1994 a Finn Toni Nieminen was the first human flying over 200 metres. As of 2005, the world record is 239 metres by Bjørn Einar Romøren of Norway from 2005.
The lakes are fed by underground snow and rain water that come from the Mangart chain in the rear. Even the link between the Upper and Lower lake is subterranean.
The chain around the lake , from Ponza Grande (2274 m.) to Mangart (2677 m.), is formed by carbonated rock (dolomite rock and limestone).
Mangart lakes - Laghi di Fusine are located on the cca 900 m altitude.
There are 2 lakes - upper (Lago Superiore) and lower(Lago Inferiore ). Both are very beatiful.
You can find cattle from Ratece at the Upper lake in the summer .
Kekec and his companions the wicked Bedanc, his mysterious aunt Pehta, the wise Vitranc, friendly and gentle Mojca and fearful Rozle, can be found in the mountains, where only children between the ages of 3 and 10 are allowed to go. Kekec will offer children sour milk and corn mush and allow them a peep inside his hut and listen to the stories from long, long ago.
Duration is 2 hours, you can check in at Julijana Agency in the centre of Kranjska gora.
I promised my daughter that I will take her to the top of the biggest ski jump in Planica valley. We began to climb and there was no end to those steps. Fortunately the path lead also thru the forest and we saw many interesting pieces created by mother nature - like the one ont the picture. Is it an animal head or something else ?
You can find or see many different animals around the lakes - roebucks,deers and chamois, you can even meet a bear.
From the small mammals group you can find
marmots,rabbits,hedgehogs and badgers.
From the bird of prey you can find eagles,buzzards,sparrowhawks and horned owls.
In the water you can find many fish and crayfish.
When I visited the lakes there were thousands of frogs,many of them were sunbathing on the rocks.
Planica valley is proceeding into picturesque alpine valley Tamar which is the starting-point for many hitchikers. Glacier valley is more and more narrower and it is surrounded on the left by Mojstrovka and on the right by Ponca.At the end of the valley there is Jalovec.
Mangart lakes - Belopeška jezera are located 10 km from Ratece in Italy.
After crossing Slovenia-Italian border you can reach the lakes by car or by bike.
In the year 1971 a regional park with exceptional natural and cultural beauties was established there.
All around the lakes are many walk trail,
trained hikers can climb Ponce and Mangart from the Italian side.
When i went to Planica, it was two weeks after the world ski flying championships had been held there. Where 50,000 ski-flying fanatics had congregated now stood desolute, but the feeling just looking up at the hill and letting your imagination go wild for a minute is worth the short trip alone.
Plus you can nip over the Italian border if you have your passport with you and buy some cheap fags and booze