The coldest river on earth (dixit Febe…)

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Watersports on Soca river.

One of the first things I saw when researching Slovenia was a river, with a colour blue so deep that in my mind it had to be photoshopped. It soon became thé bucket list item for Slovenia for me. I wanted to discover if it was really that blue.

Originally we planned to stay near the river Soča for 3 days. We would go rafting and paragliding in the area. Bad weather made us change our plans: the mountains of Slovenia were covered in thick clouds, pouring rain and low temperatures for about a week. Not the ideal weather to go exploring with a 5 year old. And certainly not if you’re camping.  Mind you- it was a good test for our new Fjällraven tent: she passed it without hesitation 😉 Not a drop of rain inside!
The weather stayed gloomy and we changed direction and headed to Croatia.

Once returned to Slovenia, we made a daytrip out of discovering the Soča valley. And yes, it really is as blue as they show it!

At that time we were camping in Vhrpolje, which is a little bit out of the way of the Soča Valley. But, and this is one of the things we loved about Slovenia, even out of the way means it’s reachable for a daytrip.

We set off after breakfast and made our first stop in Most na Soči, a small city along the riverbanks. The Soča is wide and calm here and for the first time we could admire her colour.

Look at that colour! And the Triglav mountains behind her!
Look at that colour! And the Triglav mountains behind her!

After a quick break there, dipping our feet into the cool water for the first time that day, we headed further upstream. The road often runs parallel with the river, making it a very scenic drive.

Soca river more upstream.
Soca river more upstream.

We stopped in Kobarid, but couldn’t find the Soča there. Kobarid looked like a cosy town, but the heath was heavy (it was noon) and we had a quick lunch in the shade and hurried back to the airco of our car.

A while north of Kobarid, following the riverbanks again, the road makes a steep turn to the right, over a bridge (just after you pass the village Žaga). There’s a small parking lot on your right. You have to stop there to make a walk to Slovenia’s highest waterfall: Slap Boka. It’s an easy walk and the view is amazing. The path starts to the left of the bridge. I’ve also heared there’s another path to the right of the bridge, that leads up to the source of the waterfall, but it’s not suitable for small children and often closed.
We also took the time out to dip our feet into the Boka, that joins the Soča on the other side of the bridge – but we couldn’t hold it for longer than 30 seconds. It was freezing cold!

Maarten & Febe hiking up.
Maarten & Febe hiking up.
Slap Boka.
Slap Boka.

Check out our Instagram video :

Slap Boka, the highest waterfall in Slovenia: 136m.

A video by Annick (@our_w_heritage) op

Throwing rocks - Febes favourite thing to do in Slovenian rivers ;-)
Throwing rocks – Febe’s favourite thing to do in Slovenian rivers ;-)
Counting down the seconds. Boka river is FREEZING!
Counting down the seconds. Boka river is FREEZING!
Cool water...
Cool water…

Check out our Instagram video :

Boka river bathing spot.

A video by Annick (@our_w_heritage) op


After you draw yourself away from the icy waters of the Boka river, get back to the parking lot, walk a bit further and find a small path that leads up to the Soča. There’s a small beach there – or at least: it was there when we visited. It might get flooded if there’s more water in the Soča.

We enjoyed bathing there a lot. The Soča river is cold as well (not that freezing as the Boka, but still)… as our video footage shows you 😉

Soca water swimming 😉

A picture by Annick (@our_w_heritage) op

Playing in the sand.
Playing in the sand.
Stunning location for an afternoon swim!
Stunning location for an afternoon swim!

We also headed upstream a bit more, up untill we reached Bovec. You can continue up the Triglav mountain pass from there, which is supposed to be a stunning route. Due to lack of time we didn’t take it; evening was drawing near and that’s not the kind of road you want to take in darkness 😉

Soca river near Bovec.
Soca river near Bovec.

And one last video footage… 🙂

River Soca.

A video by Annick (@our_w_heritage) op

 

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2 thoughts on “The coldest river on earth (dixit Febe…)

  1. The capital city of the province of Manitoba, Winnipeg is home to more than 715,000 people and is one of the coldest major cities in North America.

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