Waterfall Virje height is 15 - 16 meters and it runs in two divided streams. Water falls into a big pool. Spring of Glijun stream is a carst spring
In the center of Bovec turn to Kaninska vas and further to hamlet Plužna. In Plužna there is a sign board which directs you to the waterfall (Slap). After few minutes there is a fence with gate. Pass the gate and after approx. 1 minute turn downwards by path directly to the waterfall. Spring of Glijun stream: go back and further through forest road, pass the bridge and then turn right (sign board Glijun) and after few minutes there is a carst spring (if you turn left you'll come to the small artificial lake
The most beautiful gorge is carved by Soèa river near the Soèa village, big trough is 750 meters long, 15 meters deep and in sometimes with river banks only 2 meters apart. Gorge ends at the beginning of Lepena valley. Big trough could be seen from a footbridge.
The Mlinarica, a torrential stream, carved a one-kilometer long and 100 metre deep gorge, which narrows down into breathtaking troughs just before its confluence with the Soèa. One of the most amazing parts of the gorge is the 8 metre high fall to the mouth of the troughs.
This botanical garden hosts almost all existing Alpine botanical species, including Scabiosa Trenta, the flower to which famous mountaineer from Trieste, Mr. Julius Kugy, dedicated great part of his life.
This monument located under magnificent Jalovec cliffs is dedicated to this admirer and great explorer of Julian Alps.
On our way from Kranjska Gora, just below Vrsic pass, we stopped at one small parking near natural terrace with wonderful view over the valley. These two guys were having a break, using a round plate that shows directions to surrounding landmarks as a table.
Great location for a short break, bring some snacks and drinks, but make sure you take everything with you - please keep this beautiful area clean.
Hiking is the best way to explore the area, but if you don't have much time, drive along and choose lovely spots to stop and do some short hiking expeditions.
This one was not really my kind of thing, walking acros the ice covered suspended bridge that swings and shakes under every step.
There are quite a few such bridges across Soca, this one seemed to be the longest and the highest. Have fun but be careful!
This beautiful wooden chapel with two typical Russian bell towers is Ruska Kapelica - The Russian Chapel, is located by the Vrsic mountain pass road, and surrounded by graves of Russian soldiers
It was built by Russians during 1916 and 1917 to honor the memory of more than 300 Russian prisoners of war who were killed by an avalanche while clearing the snow from the road across Vrsic mountain pass, which was strategically important for Austrian army during battles on Soca front.
A silent reminder of turbulent and tragic past.
On my way up to Soca spring, I ventured closer to the stream, away from the trail, and found some lovely waterfalls and small lakes. The water was low during my visit in early winter, so the flow was gentle and almost silent.
If you decide to do the same, be careful while hopping from one rock to another, it can be slippery and dangerous!
But still well worth the effort.
From Vrsic mountain pass road turn to "Koca na izviru Soce", after about 1 km you will reach Koca and parking area.
From there, it takes about 10 - 15 minutes hike to reach the spring. The trail is marked and in some steeper areas there are wooden steps and steel ropes. On my way up I was thinking how those ropes aren’t really necessary, but I sure did appreciate them on my way down!
River Soca emerges here, high in the mountain, and descends through lovely rapids and canyons on her 136 km long journey towards Adriatic sea, 96 km through Slovenia, and the rest through Italy.
This river is famous for it's emerald color, which doesn't fade even on a cloudy rainy day.
It's spring is embedded inside this crevasse, which is usually filled with 15 m high waterfall, especially in spring, when the snow from surrounding mountains is melting away.
Famous unique Soca trout (Salmo Trutta Marmoratus) lives only in Soca's upper stream. Because of artificial introduction of of non-autochthonous Rainbow trout, which happened in the first half of the 20th century, the endemic Soca trout almost disappeared, so it had to be artificially re-introduced to it’s natural environment.
This picture was taken near Trenta village, basins like this one are best place to observe trouts.
I almost fell into the water, didn't notice the thin ice on rocks, so while jumping across one deep crevasse (at least 3 m) my foot slipped while taking off and I somehow managed to defy gravity for a while, because I sure should have fallen down!!!
Russan war prisoners, who died building a road across Vršiè, were buried on Trenta military cemetery alongside fallen Austrian soldiers
At the Lepena valley in the middle of intact nature, by the water stream is the hidden "Hurst of Sunik"
The Soca Trail is a nature trail taking visitors to the Triglav National Park along the Soèa river from its source to Bovec.
A bit before Big troughs, at the branch towards Vrsnik and Vas na skali, Soèa formed 100 meters long and 6 meters deep Small troughs.