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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.