Bohinj Lake has numerous inflows, the most important one is the Savica. Its water bursts from the underground of the Seven Triglav Lakes Valley.
The Savica runs over 38 m long level and falls almost 51 m deep. Total difference in height is 78 m. Another smaller waterfall also falls 25 m deep. Both waterfalls together form the two-part waterfall in the shape of the letter A. Right after the pool, which is artificially supported, is a small dam.
From Ukanc there are two possibilities to reach this waterfall:
1. By car, using the 5km long route that follows the way from Ribcev Laz;
2. On foot, through the 3km long trail you will find after crossing Ukanc. Just follow the signs.
I went to the waterfall using the trail.
Entrance fee: €2.40
Finally in 2011 I visited this lake!
There are two possibilities to reach the Black Lake if you are also visiting the waterfall:
1. Climbing to the lake using the shortest trail is hard and impossible if there is still snow. This option is only available on Summer;
2. Climbing the mountain as far as Dom na Komni and then take the way to the lake. This is a long trip, but can be made on late Spring.
In April 2009 I was informed by these particularities and advised to take route 2. When I was reaching the top of the mountain, where we have to follow the electric line, there were a lot of snow that I couldn't go longer. Unfortunatelly I had to come back.
In the last day of Octobre 2011 I visited the Seven Lakes Valley, using option 1. I really didn't find the trail very hard.
The Upper Bohinj valley is great for a gentle walk in the countryside and some pretty little villages with some traditional local architecture. If you follow the road (very quiet) then you'll have a well surfaced, easy going path or you can take any number of tracks and trails off the road up into the hills.
Look out for the double hayracks which are apparently something uniquely Slovenian. The villages you will pass through are Stara Fuzina (closest to the lake) with it's pretty church, Studor which has some attractive houses in traditional local styles and Strednja Vas which has some lovely little cafe/bars which it's great to sit outside and enjoy a lunchtime drink before starting the walk back.
The Church of St. Nicolaus Church in Bohinjska Bistrica is worth looking in to if you are in this the largest settlement in the Bohinj area and the place where the train station is. The church lacks the charm of the churches alongside the lake but it does have a pretty interior with some nice wall paintings.
This little church with it's wooden porch and frescoes, standing beside the stone bridge at Ribcev Laz is one of the iconic images of Lake Bohinj. If you are staying in Ribcev Laz as we did then it also offers a good reference point that you can use to head home! It's often only open short hours at many times of the year and it seems that these do vary so it's best to check the sign on the door to see when you can go inside. It's only a very small church and so looking inside only takes a few minutes, but I think it's worth sparing those few minutes. The exterior frescoes have been worn away in many places but a few can still be seen for what they were meant to be. Interestingly there is a figure with six toes on one foot on the south wall.
This is a pretty little church which you will reach about halfway along the southern lake shore walk. It's only a very small building in itself but it is worth having a quick look at the frescoes on the outside walls. It was closed when we got there and so we didn't get to look inside. We were later told that you can get the key from no 62 just along the track when it is closed. Too late for us but maybe this info will help someone else?
This is a very peaceful and well maintained little war cemetary near Ukanc at the Western end of Lake Bohinj. It is quite small and could easily be missed but it is worth a quick visit if you are nearby (perhaps at the Vogel cable car station?).
Now we visited in Summer so there wasn't much skiing going on at the ski centre, but it is well worth a trip to the top for the views and so quiet walking.
We walked from Ribcev laz along the lakeside to the cable car station at Ukanc first and then took the trip up to Vogel before walking at the top and having lunch up here. The views really are fanastic when it is clear. You get a great panorama of the lake below (best seen from the cafe inside the cable car station!) and can see over the top of the mountains on the north of the lake and all the way to Mount Triglav. Stunning. Only drawback is the cost. We had a discount as we had purchased the Bohinj guest card (10% ish discount here) and it still cost us 11EUR each for the return trip (which takes about 5 minutes).
It was quite eerie in some ways at the top in summer as all the restaurants and other businesses which clearly cater for the ski season are closed down so it's a bit like a ghost town.
The savica waterfall is beautiful. There is no arguement possible on that point, it is amazing and stunning. Getting to it is however more a matter of debate.
There are a lot of steps (uneven) which you need to climb from the ticket office and car park to get to the waterfall viewing platform at the top. If you are driving to the car park and climbing the steps all that way JUST to see the waterfall then you'll probably find all the effort to not be worth it. If however you are making the trip to the waterfall as just the highlight of a day walking in the mountains around Bohinj then you will feel rewarded and extremely pleased with yourself for having taken the trouble.
We took the whole day to walk from Ribcev Laz along the northern shore of the lake and then walked up to the waterfall and climbed the steps before heading back down to Ukanc and taking the boat back to Ribcev Laz. We had a picnic half way between the lake and the waterfall and enjoyed ourselves immensely as we took it slowly and absorbed the scenery.
There are several benches to stop on the way up the steps to the viewing platform and we stopped for a few minutes at pretty much all of them (all have lovely views themselves) and had a quick sip of water (you can buy drinks at the ticket office). There is a strange sense of peace at the top despite the roar of the waterfall. Trust me, it is worth the climb.
This is a charming little museum which we came across in one of the villages along the upper valley and is worth stopping at if you are in the area. It's quite interesting as it does convey the real life experiences of the traditional alpine dairy farming families well and this is a way of life which has all but disappeared now. It is a small museum and so doesn't take long to look around but does have much of the captions in English.
Later in the day after visiting this museum we followed a route up through the hills and across to the Lower Valley. On the way we passed many of the old buildings left behind by the traditional alpine dairy farming industry. It was interesting to have gained a little more perspective of what we were seeing.
Like fishing, then this may be the place for you!
You may need some wet gear, like the person in my photo though!
Lake Bohinj is home to lake Trout and Char, and is one of the most famous regions for fishing in Slovenia. The best period for fishing is late August and September, but if conditions are good, try April, May and June.
There are some rules that were different to our home country, so I will tell you..............
Fish hooks with barbs are prohibited
Fishing is allowed by using one fly rod and one fly only.
Catch & Release section: Captured fishes must be immediatly unharmed released.
Fishing from bridges is not allowed
Permit's are needed and can be.... One-day, three-day or a week for lake or for the Sava Bohinjka River.
The River fishing grounds, stretch from the lake to the bridge in Soteska.
The season is from 1 May to 31 October for the Sava Bohinjka and from 1 March to 30 September for the lake
You can buy day fishing licenses from the Bohinj tourist information centre.
The biggest Trout ever caught in the Lake, was 1.2 metres!
First, we checked at the Tourist Information office on the times the Boat ran, lucky we did, as it was lunch time, so we had to wait. That didn't matter, as we explored the town instead.
It wasn't the best of days as the Lake didn't have any reflections, some of the Mountain tops were in fog, and we had intended to get off the boat, and do the Gondola ride to Mt. Vogel. We decided not to, but if the day is lovely, I think you should!
So we depart the dock on a motorized electric boat and are given a commentary in English along the way. We saw Boat sheds, secluded Beaches, the famous Savica waterfall in the distance which you can walk to, a school group were out on the lake in their Canoe's, all happy, smiling faces and waving to us, so we waved back! I saw a Camping ground on the edge of the Lake, and thought I would love to stay there several night's, and wake up to the beauty of this area. It was so peaceful, beautiful and the water was incredibly clear, and once again, that pretty blue/green.
The boat stops at Ukanc, people get on and off here, but we stayed on and enjoyed the return journey.
It was a lovely way to spend some time and to relax, before we were back in the Car, and on the road again.
DEPARTURES...Are about every 30mins
COST IN 2011....
Return tickets: - Adults: 10 euro - Children (4 - 14 years) 7 euro - family ticket 23 euro
One-way ......Adults: 8.5 euro Children 6 euro - family ticket 18 euro
To reach St. John the Baptist Church, I had to cross over the old, stone bridge. This arched bridge, crosses over the crystal clear water of the River Sava. Nice photo's can be had from a distance.
Just beside the Bridge, and by the Lakes edge, is a small Beach area for swimming. There were steps down to the Beach. Nobody swimming, even though they said the water was warm, but there were heaps of Fish that could be seen in the clear water.
What a shame this Church was not open, as I have just found the website, and seen what has been missed!
It was a lovely old Church, surrounded by cemetery and walls. On the outside walls of the Church, were some frescoes, a lot more are inside! I liked the decorated tower, and the onion top dome which was made out of wooden shingles, just like the rest of the roof.
It is named St. John the Baptist, who is a patron saint to whom old churches beside lakes or on the banks of rivers were often dedicated. It is located next to the river bridge.
I saw this sculpture when I was walking to the Lake. Stopping, and making a short detour to the Monument, I read that it is a memorial to the first ascent to the summit of Mount Triglav.
In August, 1778, a group of four local men, including a Doctor, Hunter and two Miner's conquered Mt. Triglav.
The Sculpture was erected in 1978, which was the 200th anniversary of this ascent.