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Kayak Slovenia: A quick guide to kayaking in Slovenia

 
 
INTRODUCTION

Besides rafting and canyoning, kayaking is one of the most popular water activities in Slovenia. In fact, it has been ranked #1 amongst attractions on offer in several regions of Slovenia. From beginner to advanced, Slovenia's network of rivers are set to challenge and evoke memorable experiences from all that traverse them. For the interested expert kayaker, there is an olympic style slalom course in the upper reaches of the Sava River near Ljubljana. Though most kayaking adventures take up only a few hours there are others that span several days. So whether you take to the faster flowing Soča or the gentler paced Kolpa, stunning scenery provides the backdrop along Slovenia's watercourses.

 

 

 

Map showing the Kayaking Rivers in Slovenia

For more detailed interactive maps click on indivual river tabs below

SOČA RIVER

 

Slovenia's best kayaking and most breathtaking river scenery is arguably on the Soča River and there are a variety of launch sites stretching from the Trenta Valley in the North right down to Dolje just north of Tolmin. Not all of the river is navigable and there are different stretches suitable for different abilities (levels I- IV).

 

Kayaking on the Soča River - Slovenia

Kayaking on the Soča River - Slovenia


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Kayak's on the Soča River

Kayak's on the Soča River

 

Bovec & Soča Valley Links:

Activities and things to do > Top 10 must sees > Local weather forecast >
Self-catering Accommodation > Hotel accommodation > Real estate >
Bovec Kanin - Sella Nevea ski area > Slovenia Tours & Day Trips > Soča River >
Tolmin Gorge > The Soča Valley - WW1 > Nadiža River >
Kobarid > Bovec > Most na Soči >
The Trenta Valley > Kozjak Waterfall > Mangart Mountain >

 

 

LAKE BOHINJ & SAVA BOHINJKA RIVER

 

Lake Bohinj itself offers easy beginner kayaking, whilst there is excellent beginner - intermediate level on the Sava Bohinjka river which runs from Bohinj to Bled or the Sava River running south of Bled.

 

Lake Bohinj

Lake Bohinj


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Taking a break from Kayaking - Slovenia

Taking a break from Kayaking - Slovenia

 

Bled & Bohinj links:

Activities and things to do > Top 10 must sees > Local weather forecast >
Self-catering accommodation > Hotel accommodation > Real estate >
Vogel & Kobla ski resorts > Slovenia Tours & Day Trips > 7 Lakes Valley >
Bled Castle > Lake Bled > Lake Bohinj >
Pokljuka > Radovljica > Sava Bohinjka River >
Slap Savica > Vintgar Gorge >  

 

 

UPPER SAVA RIVER

 

On the Sava River near Radovljica there is a relatively gentle place, ideal for beginners to kayak.

 

Checking the river ahead

Checking the river ahead


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Action in the water - Slovenia Kayaking

Action in the water - Slovenia Kayaking

 

Škofja Loka & Lower Gorenjska Links:

Activities and things to do > Top 10 must sees > Local weather forecast >
Self-catering Accommodation > Hotel accommodation > Real Estate >
Stari Vrh ski resort > Krvavec ski resort > Cerkno ski resort >
Škofja Loka > Zbiljsko Jezero > Franja Partisan Hospital >
Idrija >    

 

 

UPPER SAVINJA RIVER

 

There is good beginner - intermediate level kakying on the Upper Savinja River with some of the major centres around Luče and Ljubno.

 

Guided tour - Slovenia Kayaking

Guided tour - Slovenia Kayaking


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Paddle at the ready

Paddle at the ready

 

Kamniško Savinjske Alps & Pohorje Massif Links:

Activities and things to do > Top 10 must sees > Local weather forecast >
Self-catering Accommodation > Hotel accommodation > Real Estate >
Rogla ski resort > Mariborsko Pohorje ski resort > Slovenia Tours & Day Trips >
Kamnik > Logar Valley > Velika Planina >
Rinka Waterfall > Maribor > Grintovec >
Mali Grad > Zaprice Castle > Arboretum Botanical Gardens >
     

 

 

SAVA RIVER

 

Surprisingly some of Slovenia's most challenging kayaking is found just outside the capital rather than in the high mountain areas of the Julian Alps. The Tacen area on the Sava River just north of Ljubljana has been developed to create an olympic style kayak slalom course for expert paddlers. Dont worry there are courses for beginners held too!

 

Tacen - Olympic style Slalom course

Tacen - Olympic style Slalom course


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Moving into position for the turn

Moving into position for the turn

 

Ljubljana Links :

Activities and things to do > Top 10 must sees > Local weather forecast >
Self-catering Accommodation > Hotel accommodation > Real Estate >
Closest ski area > Slovenia Tours & Day Trips > Metelkova >
Ljubljana Castle > National Opera and Ballet Theatre > Ljubljana Markets >
Dragon Bridge > Three Bridges > Tivoli Park >
Old Town Centre >    

 

 

KOLPA RIVER

 

Some of Slovenia's best kayaking is to be found on the Kolpa River. Whilst it is not as extreme as other rivers in terms of rapids, the scenery is idyllic and wild feeling and there is scope for multi day river safaris with wild camping by the river or stays in the many attractive guesthouses along its course.

 

Gentle paddling along the Kolpa River

Gentle paddling along the Kolpa River


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Small weir along the Kolpa River

Small weir along the Kolpa River

 

Lake Cerknica & Kolpa Valley Links:

Activities and things to do > Top 10 must sees > Local weather forecast >
Self-catering Accommodation > Hotel accommodation > Real Estate >
Lake Cerknica > Snežnik Castle > Križna Jama >
Rakov Škocjan > Iška Gorge > Kočevski Rog >
The Park of Military History >    

 

 

MURA RIVER

 

The Mura River is popular for kayaking of the gentler variety. With very few rapids to speak of this is more about gentle paddling in beautiful nature than high adrenalin kayak adventures.

 

Taking a break from paddling

Taking a break from paddling


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Moving kayaks across a bridge

Moving kayaks across a bridge

 

Ptuj & North East Region Links:

Activities and things to do > Top 10 must sees > Local weather forecast >
Self-catering Accommodation > Hotel accommodation > Real Estate >
Pohorje ski resort > Slovenia Tours & Day Trips > Babičev Floating Mill >
Ptuj > Goričko Regional Park > Romanesque Rotunda Church >
Bogojina Church of the Ascension >    

 

 

KRKA RIVER

 

There is excellent beginner - intermediate kayaking on the Krka River. One of the highlights of the upper Krka is a series of weirs which can be navigated (jumped off or slid down!) by kayak even by beginners (NB a guide is necessary!) Lower down the river is more technical kayaking for more experienced paddlers.

 

Riding white water - Kayaking Slovenia

Riding white water - Kayaking Slovenia


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Kayak on its side in white water

Kayak on its side in white water

 

Celje & The Krka Valley Links:

Activities and things to do > Top 10 must sees > Local weather forecast >
Self-catering Accommodation > Hotel accommodation > Real estate >
Otočec Castle > Podsreda Castle > Brežice Castle >
Pleterje Monastery > Kostanjevica na Krki Monastery >  

 

 

Soča River

Sava Bohinjka

Sava River

Lepa Soča Apartment

2 br apt - Bovec

Villa Belica

3 br chalet - Lake Bohinj

Alpine Retreat

2 br chalet - Lake Bled

Kot House

3 br chalet - Bovec

Chalet Planina

3 br chalet - Lake Bohinj

Panorama Apartments

4 apts - Lake Bled

Mala Vas Chalet

2 apts - Bovec

Villa Stare

3 br chalet - Ukanc

Emona Bled Apartments

2 apts - Lake Bled

Rose Cottage Bovec

Rose Cottage

4 br house - Bovec

Apartment Alpik Ukanc

Apartment Alpik

4 apts + 1 chalet - Ukanc

Sava View Apartments

3 apts - Lake Bled

Soča Penthouse

2 br apt - Most na Soči

Apartment Bohinjko

1 br apartment - Ribčev Laz

ffie Perine Apartments & Studio - Bled

Effie Perine Apartments & Studio

3 apts - Lake Bled

Maharač Apartments Kamno Bovec

Maharač Apartments

3 apts - Kamno

Villa Melody - Lake Bohinj

Villa Melody

3 br villa - Ribčev Laz

ffie Perine Apartments & Studio - Bled

Villa Rečica

3 br apt - Lake Bled

Soča Villa

5 br villa - Drobočnik

Pokrovec Cottage

3 br chalet - Pokljuka

Castle View House - Lake Bled

Castle View House

3 br house - Spodnje Gorje

Polovnik House

3 br chalet - Srpenica

 

The Red House Bled

The Red House

3 br chalet - Spodnje Gorje

Koritnica Apartments

2 apts - Kal Koritnica

 

Villa Koritno, Bled

Villa Koritno

5 br chalet - Koritno

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