Today we go for a new sunrise location, above lake Bled. We go to a place the lady we met before told us about. We also want to checkout the other gorge we did find on our MTB ride. Later that day we discovered also another beautiful waterfall. You’ve already seen it because I participated with a picture of it at the competition organized by @derangedvisions. We ended the day with a nice SUP-session.
Hotunjski Vrh For The Sunrise
The lady we met two days ago told us about this spot, so we where curious to find out how a sunrise would be there. After the alarm ringing at 5.15 we got out of our tent and jumped in the car. We found the spot to park our car. Now we needed to find the pathway up the hill to the top. This was actually quit easy. We noticed it at our way back but the path was actually a abandoned ski-slope With the pillars from the chairlifts still there.
The view was great but the Instagram viewpoint from earlier this week might be a bit better… so it depends what you want, a lot of people surrounding you or you and the sunrise together and a slightly different look at lake Bled.
Let the pictures speak for their self.
Pokljuka Gorge, The Lost World
We noticed the signs for this gorge during our biketrip to the other gorge, the Vintgar. So we decided we needed to see this one. This was a pleasant surprise. The gorge was desolated the time we arrived. No entrance fee here but we discovered soon why. The whole area looks like a lost world, something once known but now long forgotten. The sense of feeling you have here is comparable with entering an Urbex location.
The walk starts in a dry riverbed wandering through the forest. Soon we where surrounded by steep walls, lush forest, natural bridges and some caves.
Once we stepped out of the riverbed we did see a cave on our right and a narrow passage in front. We decided to take the passage first. From here we follow the path in between the steep walls till we reached the wooden gallery. Stairs where damaged by weather, I assume? So we climbed our way up till we reached the gallery. From here no real spectacular views anymore but we crossed a few natural bridges to hop from one side to the other.
On our way back we visited the cave we noticed at the beginning. This is actually a natural crossing from different routes. People used this long time ago for an easy passage.
Talking about these routes the gorge was once discovered because the king of Yugoslavia wanted to know why the wild game so often escaped them here. After exploration they found out the gorge was passable though hardly.
Spoiler alert! This is the best waterfall from Slovenia, I think! No tourists at all and it is beautiful when dipped into the autumn color pallet. Best part is that you get 2 waterfalls for the visit of 1.
Peričnik is a waterfall with a halfway basin and you can climb to the upper part of the fall. This part is a 20m drop approx, I think ?, the second part is around 50m. The upper and lower part you can walk behind the waterfall if you want.
The minute we parked our car and noticed we had a good viewing point from the carpark even my girlfriend got enthusiastic about this fall. We climbed our way to the first part. This part was incredible to see but there was lot of spray, so we decided to look for another point of view, so I could take some pictures without smearing my lens.
There we found a crumbling pathway with some signs to enter at your own risk. We took this path to climb our way up and there we found another waterfall!? this one was sparkling in the sun and with all the autumn colors surrounding it, this fall was an instant favorite.
There is a small cave behind the upper fall so you can even stand behind it without getting wet. The lower one the spray will soak you but you can walk behind it too.
We heard from locals that we didn’t even see the best this waterfall has to offer. During winter Peričnik both falls freeze and there are ice stalactites created. After hearing this I’m sure I need to get back and make another visit to this beautiful spot.
Sup session at Lake Bled
After enjoying the sun, autumn colors and looking from different viewpoints at Peričnik we decided to return to the campsite.
The moment we got there the sun was still shining so we grabbed our sups (standup paddle boards) and walked with them to the lake for a nice session at the calm waters of lake Bled.
It’s always fun to look at things with a new perspective. We already admired the views at the church from different viewpoints in the mountains, surrounding lake Bled but now from up-close standing on our boards. We paddled our way around the lake and watched the rowers speeding across the lake.
Walking around the lake you’ll never have a moment without others being nearby. Paddling the lake is way better. So if you ever decide to visit the lake, bring your own sup or rent one. The views are way better with your feet on the board??
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