Slovenia in spring: from flowers to snow in six mountaineering journeys

There’s that particular second within the yr after we get to see two seasons overlap. Energetic birds singing, timber blossoming and the primary flowers asserting the arrival of hotter spring days down within the valleys. Nevertheless, increased up within the mountains the sturdy north winds and freezing temperatures nonetheless maintain a agency maintain over the white mountaintops. The most effective of spring and winter within the nice outside is correct right here, it’s only a matter of us greedy it or not. 

To that extent I’ve been lucky to stroll limitless greening meadows speckled with wild marsh tulips, hike alongside rolling hills carpeted with purple crocuses, and see the timber coming into leaf alongside a vibrant small gorge. Over a thousand meters increased, then again, I loved snowshoeing in half a meter of recent snow as much as unimaginable mountain peaks, whereas additionally climbing safely to a white peak with views of each Slovenia and Austria. 

Listed below are 5 memorable spring hikes within the Slovenian Alps and the hillside near Ljubljana that I’ve accomplished; some you are able to do simply with your loved ones and associates, and a few are ideally reserved for the extra skilled hikers or in firm of a licensed information. Both method, benefit from the footage and the beautiful first days of spring and the final of winter!

Crocuses bloom each spring on Martinj Vrh

Exploring Slovenia’s greatest spring hikes:
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Velika Planina and crocuses
Goli Vrh above Jezersko

Zajamniki

Surrounded by forests, about sixty huts lie stretched throughout this high-altitude pasture with a backdrop of mountain peaks of the Julian Alps to the west and the gorgeous Bohinj mountains to the south. The Zajamniki Pasture is a part of southwestern Pokljuka, a excessive karst plateau within the Julian Alps with 6,300 ha of largely fir forests, inhabited by quite a lot of wild animals like deer, rabbits and foxes, in addition to wolves, bears and lynxes. 

Quite a few Alpine pastures in Pokljuka like Zajamniki with outdated picket huts appear misplaced in time. They’re a part of the Triglav Nationwide Park, which requires the pastures to proceed the Slovenian Alpine structure traditions. You gained’t see any new buildings and, above all, no indicators of modernity; solely maybe a small photo voltaic panel right here and there.

Spring has crept into Zajamniki as effectively…

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Ljubljansko barje (Eng. Ljubljana Marsh)

Tucked away at the southern end of Ljubljana and expanding to the first foothills of the mountains in the south, the Ljubljana Marsh covers 163 square kilometers or about one percent of the country and as such qualifies as Slovenia’s largest wetland. Its marshy flats are interwoven with an endless labyrinth of meadows, fields, ditches, and paths, while being also well-known for their booming wildlife and diverse plants. Among others, they house 89 species of butterflies, 48 species of dragonflies, and over 100 species of birds, some of them considered endangered worldwide, while as much as half of Slovenian bird population picks this place to hatch.

Sometime between the end of winter and beginning of spring the ancient hay meadows of the wetlands are also the spot to see blooming leper lilies, beautiful bell-shaped flowers of a somewhat reddish-purple color. In fact, leper lilies are the first to adorn the still colorless meadows.

As I explored the wonderful Ljubljana Marsh I found meadows filled with leper lilies, the deer peacefully grazing and the trails perfectly empty. What an incredible place just outside Ljubljana!

Exploring Slovenia’s best multi-day treks:
The Karawanks Traverse
From Bohinj to Soča Valley Trek
7 Triglav Lakes Trek
Triglav Lakes and Soča Valley

Iški Vintgar (Eng. Iška Gorge)

Where the Ljubljana Marsh ends, the Iška Gorge begins. It cuts around seven kilometers into the Krim Hills, of which 1,5 km are an easy walk along the Iška Stream with a few open spots for a picnic by the water. Dramatic appearance of the gorge is only deepened by the trees with roots clinging to the gorge’s steep walls which continue into tall and steep forested hills and rock formations above. 

When I visited it just a few days ago, the leaves on the trees just started to bud out and the contrast between the delicate awakening forests in the valley and the rough walls above was just stunning. 

Martinj Vrh

“Vrh” meaning “a peak” in Slovenian, one would naturally assume a hilltop to say the least when talking about Martinj Vrh. Even though you are greeted by a hilly landscape driving to it, the name actually stands for a village stretched along the hillside that goes as high as 1,000 meters. Due to its remote location, this village would otherwise never catch anyone’s attention if it wasn’t for the purple carpets of crocuses that cover its open meadows early in spring.

Interwoven with many trails and quiet roads, one can do anything from easy loops around the village and in the nearby forest, a beautiful 3-hour and 9-km loop hike around Koprivnik, a 1,393-meter hill above Martinj Vrh, or a 4-hour and 11-km hike to Blegoš, a scenic 1,562-meter hill with many remains of the period before WWII.

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Mrežce, 1,965 m

Almost 2,000 meters high, just on the opposite side of Mt. Triglav, Slovenia’s highest mountain, across the narrow and more than a 1000-meter deep glacial Krma Valley, stands an impressive mountain with awe-inspiring vistas. Utterly relaxing and, more often than not, completely forgotten by the masses on a normal weekday, Mrežce is the kind of peak that will come as a surprise. After a good uphill on a forested slope, you enter a gorgeous open top with views to die for.

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Disclaimer for the wise: conditions in the mountains can change very quickly, therefore plan your hike accordingly; read about the planned route, check the avalanche reports, the quantity of snow in the mountains, and studies concerning the temperature and wind changes, seek the advice of with mountain guides and native hikers,… We strongly advise you to go to excessive mountains with a licensed information!

Mountain climbing up twice proper after an excellent snowfall, when the entire Alpine world become a beautiful winter wonderland, we completely had to make use of snowshoes to succeed in the highest

Exploring Slovenia’s greatest guided treks:
Triglav Lakes Trek
Triglav Lakes and Soča Valley

Golica and limitless fields of daffodils
Attractive Mrežce above Bled

Begunjščica, 2,060 m

Saving the most effective for final, Begunjščica is the form of mountain that provides a bit for anybody who is aware of tips on how to use crampons, an ice axe and avalanche security gear. Accessible from many sides and routes, you select the route relying on the kind of journey you might be on the lookout for; up numerous couloirs for climbs of various levels of problem, or up from both the Roblek or Prevala Huts for simpler however nonetheless uncovered hikes. 

The nice and cozy sunshine and good snow circumstances simply referred to as to strive it from the Prevala Hut and the day turned out fairly rattling superior! Simply the best way we prefer it. 

Contact us for a Guided tour to Begunjščica

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