A hike in the Škocjan Caves in Slovenia

Two weeks ago, I had a girls’ trip to Slovenia. Apparently Slovenia is still a bit off the radar for many tourists and it’s probably a good thing!

More pictures to come of this trip but I wanted first to share some pictures of the wonderful Škocjan Caves. Slovenia has several caves which all look pretty amazing, but the Škocjan caves are the biggest and the only ones on the UNESCO’s list of world heritage.

I was very exited to get to see them as these would be number 60 of the UNESCO sites I visited. And there was no disappointment here!

There are 2 different trails you can walk when reaching the caves, we chose number 2, the walk along side the Reka river, although the walk through the underground canyon is apparently the most popular. The second trail is not guided, and we were alone most of the time, which always adds so much to the experience.

The size of the caves when you arrive at the entrance is mesmerizing. It’s rough, there are no stalactites or stalagmites to soften the sight. The river is rushing in, in a powerful roar which is amplified by the echo of the caves. But once you are at the entrance, you can only want to go inside and explore the darkness which come so soon and make the whole experience a bit more mysterious.

Come along with us and I hope you will enjoy the pictures!

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The path to the entrance

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Arriving at the entrance of the caves

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The Rika river down below

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Above the entrance of the caves

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The river

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Inside view with the lighted path

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Following the path

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On the other side, there is another path which is closed. I would had: Thank God for that!!

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The path that people now follow is very secure compare to the other one. There are stairs, lights and rails. It can just get a little bit slippery at times but that’s to be expected of course

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Looking back at the entrance

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Coming out of the darkness of the cave on the other side

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The end of the caves

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When coming out of the caves, you have to cross this second bridge… metal and see-through! (everything i like!)

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The canyon

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The path along the side of the canyon

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The entrance tot he second part of the caves

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Coming back out and climbing up

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Another bridge with a great view!

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Somehow we’re gonna have to go back up there…

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Somewhere along the way there is a triple waterfall

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Coming back up

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To come out of the canyon the easy way

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On our way to the museum

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The tiny museum

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One of the original ‘boats’ they used to explore the caves! Very impressive!

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The view on our way back

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Back to the visitor center…

The technical bits:

The park is well indicated once you are on the highway from Ljubljana to the coast. it’s a bit less of an hour drive. The information center is quite nice and you will be able to have a lunch there and buy postcards or souvenirs.

Official info site: http://www.park-skocjanske-jame.si

A great place to spend the day. Trail 1 in the morning, trail 2 in the afternoon… that would be my advise!

Nb: Visiting the caves is not the faint of heart, the path (at least on trail 2) is easy but there are several bridges to cross and they are quite high, although not as high as in the other trail apparently.

Skocjan Caves map - Slovenia

 


 

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