Bucket List item #683 – Triglav National Park, Slovenia
Triglav National Park is endless adventure. Honestly, I wish we could have given ourselves more time in the park. I wish we had got a hotel there and stayed a while instead of a jam-packed day of exploring. Of course, there are so many places to see and things to do when you’re traveling, but I think the area deserved more of our time than we gave it and we missed a lot.
Triglav reminded me a lot of driving through Rocky Mountain National Park. I think a loop all the way through would be fairly similar time-wise and the sort of layout of the park itself even feels similar in a lot of ways. The Julian Alps feels a lot like the Rocky Mountains in a lot of ways as well, but with added color! The turquoise waters everywhere you turn are just mind blowing. It doesn’t feel like that color should exist in the mountains like that. It’s like another planet.
When we drove through the national park, we had zero plans for what we would do aside from physically going through the park. So, we just stopped when shit was pretty or when there was a sign for a hiking trail. We mostly drove, but we did randomly choose two trails to follow, both of which ended in waterfalls, which were both great surprises! We came across lots of sheep roaming through the park, we had the most darling lunch experience and we even stopped for some fly fishing.
I’m struggling to give real guidance here because I didn’t keep track of what trails we chose or the things we did. The thing is that you just can’t go wrong no matter what you decide to do. It’s beautiful no matter which direction you look, and it makes sense for all types of people. You could just drive through the park and enjoy the beauty roadside, you could stop along the way for mini adventures, or you could do an adventure trip like kayaking or camping. I would recommend it no matter your style of vacation. After having spent a day in the park, I do have four pieces of advice.
- Give yourself more than a day. Like I said, there’s so much to see and do. Even if you’re not staying in the park itself, I just think an extra day would really help in seeing the whole park. I would have loved to explore more trails and really take our time, but we were on a time crunch.
- Wear tall shoes or make sure your skin is covered on your legs and ankles. I technically came back to the park a different day, but it was for work as I was shooting a fashion editorial. Dave discovered this abandoned cabin and I just had to do some photos there. I went running after him, ten shades of excited about this cabin, and went traipsing through stinging nettle. I didn’t even know that was a thing before that day. Well, let’s just say it’s not fun. We also ran into it continually throughout the park. I was wearing sandals and a dress that day, so it was a lovely experience. It’s fairly painful and I dealt with the rash for the rest of our trip. If you’re like me and want to run around the Julian Alps in less clothing, then just Google pictures of the plant beforehand so you know what to avoid.
- Pack a picnic and curl up on a hill for a meal. The surroundings are just serene and so quiet. It’s so relaxing. Take a moment to sit down and just enjoy it.
- If you would like to eat at a restaurant while you’re there, I highly recommend Dom Krnica. They don’t have a website, but the address is 82, Vršiška cesta 82, 4280 Kranjska Gora. The little restaurant is nestled into the most breathtaking view of the mountains. If the weather is nice, you can sit outside and enjoy the mountain view while you eat. The staff was insanely friendly, and the food was traditional Slovenian cuisine. I imagine it was like if a Slovenian grandma cooked for you. It was very authentic and such a charming experience.
Typing all of this, I just wish I could go again. We were all smiles this day, surrounded by the Julian Alps and fat on Slovenian cooking. I’d walk through a field of stinging nettle a thousand times over if it meant repeating this day.
Honestly, we just had a glorious time on our trip to Slovenia. We checked so many things off out bucket list. There is a still a lot yet to come from Slovenia on my blog, but I already have Vintgar Gorge, Novo Mesto and Hisa Franko on the blog. What an adventure!