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Touch the Nature at Lake Bohinj

Welcome explorers and  nature lovers!

Welcome explorers and nature lovers!

“Still and quiet”

Lake Bohinj might not be the most known lake in Slovenia since it quietly hides in the shadow of the world-renowned Lake Bled. But if you are not an ordinary tourist looking for a famous background for a selfie, you will take a 30-minute ride further up into the heart of Slovenian Alps to find a perfect piece of nature’s artistry.

Untouched and serene, Lake Bohinj lies in a scenic glacial valley, embraced by steep mountains of Triglav National Park (named after Mount Triglav, 2864 m, the highest mountain in Slovenia) and quiet villages is a superb place to unwind and relax. A 4-km long lake with small “private” beaches and a trekking path all along its 10-km shore is a perfect place for outdoor activities from walking, mountain biking, swimming and, of course, standup paddling.

A round trip on a 4 km-long lake makes for a nice exercise.

A round trip on a 4 km-long lake makes for a nice exercise.

A cool place in summer

The Alpine climate makes the lake and the surroundings a perfect place to cool down in hot summer days. Tempting water temperatures of around 23ºC (73ºF) make it hard to resist jumping in for a swim, especially after a paddling session, or returning down the mountain after a whole-day hiking trip.

Splendid views of the mountains of The Triglav National Park

Splendid views of the mountains of The Triglav National Park

Exploring The Savica River

And if the lake temperature gets too high for your taste, there is always a cooler place just around the corner. At the western tip of the lake you can challenge yourself in the freezing-cold water of The Savica River (about 7ºC (45ºF). The river is the source of the water to the Lake Bohinj, coming straight down through the mountains as The Savica Waterfall that can be seen from the lake when there is enough water. In such conditions the crystal-clear Savica River can be paddled upstream, offering a spectacular glide on the green-to-gold-coloured water.

The fog raises from the freezing-cold river running through the warm surroundings.

The fog rises from the freezing-cold river running through the warm surroundings.

Crystal-clear water of The Savica River

Crystal-clear water of The Savica River

In high waters The Savica River can be paddled high upstream.

In high waters The Savica River can be paddled high upstream.

Taste the Bohinj Trout

If you are looking for a place to relax and regain strength for paddling back there is a great Restaurant at The Guesthouse Erlah just a few hundred meters upstream from the mouth of The Savica River. They offer a veriety of dishes, from local to international, but it would be a pity not to try their speciality – a fresh, grilled Bohinj trout. A must try! Especially if you believe that it gives you the instinct to navigate safely through the shallows of The Savica River back downstream to Lake Bohinj 😉

A hike to The Savica Waterfall

Lake Bohinj is a popular starting point of many hiking trails wandering up the mountains of Triglav National Park, including the hike to The Savica Waterfall (approx. 4 km from the lake). Lake Bohinj has numerous inflows, the most important one is the Savica. Its water bursts from the underground of the Dolina sedmerih jezer (The Seven Triglav Lakes Valley) in the walls of Komarča as Savica Waterfall.

The Savica Waterfall runs over 38 m long level and falls almost 51 m deep. Total difference in height is 78 m.

The Savica Waterfall runs over 38 m long level and falls almost 51 m deep. Total difference in height is 78 m.

A winter fairy tale

In winter, Lake Bohinj shows its other side of beauty. In freezing-cold Alpine winters it transforms into an idyllic fairy-tale scene. Gliding on the mirror-like surface, watching the sky below you and the snowy mountains all around is a one-of-a-kind experience that drives me to Lake Bohinj numerous times every winter. There are good chances you will be alone on the lake.

New Year SUP Tour on Lake Bohinj with a Maltese family

"This is not for the fainthearted but it is an experience of a life time! Thank you both Marko and Samo for an excellent time, showing us Slovenia like never before." Melvin, Donna & Hayley, Malta

“This is not for the fainthearted but it is an experience of a life time! Thank you both Marko and Samo for an excellent time, showing us Slovenia like never before.”
Melvin, Donna & Hayley, Malta

Alpine Dairy Farming Museum

There are many interesting things to do and see around Lake Bohinj. One of them is surely a visit to the Alpine Dairy Farming Museum just a few min ride from the lake. There you can take a look back in the past through the history of herding and alpine dairy farming in Bohinj as a way of life and coexistence with nature in an alpine environment.

Alpine Dairy Farming Museum: One of its rooms features a wooden herdsman's cottage with interior equipment from the Zajamniki mountain pasture (from 1849).

Alpine Dairy Farming Museum: One of its rooms features a wooden herdsman’s cottage with interior equipment from the Zajamniki mountain pasture (from 1849).

Alpine Dairy Farming Museum: Original objects used in cheese dairies (cheese-making utensils, milk bowls, butter churns) and photographs of cheese dairies and cheesemaking work in the mountain pastures & cheese transport into the valley.

Alpine Dairy Farming Museum: Original objects used in cheese dairies (cheese-making utensils, milk bowls, butter churns) and photographs of cheese dairies and cheesemaking work in the mountain pastures & cheese transport into the valley.

The hayracks of Studor village

And there is another sight in the neighbourhood worth seeing – the hayracks of the Studor village. Here you can see a traditional wooden double hayracks, called toplars. Besides for drying hay they were (and some still are) used for storing hay on the upper storey and farming tools underneath. The Studor hayracks are not baroquely luxurious like the toplars from the Dolenjska region, but they are masterfully crafted.

The traditional toplar is made completely out of wood, including a wooden-shingle roof, and put together without a single steel nail. 99% of the existing toplars can be found in Slovenia.

The traditional toplar is made completely out of wood, including a wooden-shingle roof, and put together without a single steel nail. 99% of the existing toplars can be found in Slovenia.

Join us for the Lake Bohinj discovery

A visit to Lake Bohinj is included in our Alps to Coast SUP Tour, Slovenia Grand Circle SUP Tour and SUPer Weekend Tour. It can also be chosen as a destination for a One Day SUP Tour, also in a combination with Lake Bled or The Soča River.

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