On a hot Saturday morning I picked up Živa in Ljubljana to spend a day together, exploring a valley in the north-east part of Slovenia, called Logarska Dolina. We took a local road trough the hills on the way there instead of the motorway. It’s much more relaxing to drive on those roads. And on the way there we passed one place called “Hudo”. We have this slang expression in our, Slovenian language “Čist Hudo” and we use it as “Top Shit” expression is used in English. That was kind of an morning introduction in to a really” Top Shit” day.
We drove on this scenic road trough Kamnik and Gornji Grad to reach Solčava. There is the entry to this Valley of Logarska Dolina. There is lots of natural and cultural landmarks to be found in this flat fields of green grass and trees, embraced by the mighty steep rock walls. Quite an enchanting place with a lot to offer to satisfy your soul.
Things to see in Logarska Dolina
- The Igla Needle
- Robanov kot
- The Železna Voda (Iron Water) Stream and Falls
- The second source of the Savinja river
- Logar’s Linden
- The Intermittent Spring at Igla
- The potočka zijalka cave
- The inka Waterfall
- Fairytale forest
You can find complete information about this destination on this link about Logarska Dolina.
Obviously there is too much to see in one day. So we just decided to head up into Logarska Dolina, with our destination to see Slap Rinka and use our senses and feelings to guide us to the other great things on the way trough the valley. There is an entrance fee to pay to enter the valley and it includes all parking fees and attraction visits. Seven Euros per car is quite a fair price for such beauty.
We were both hungry after the drive, so the first thing on our find list was some nice, local place to eat. We found it on the “Cross Roads” (si: Razpotje). We had nice fresh Postrv fish. The full launch meal was 9 Eur / person. A really fair price, for such a tasty treat.
After that great meal, we were both ready to take a midday nap. We drove up, to the end of the valley, where is the start of the walking path to reach the Rinka Waterfal. We found a perfect place to rest, relax, digest and reconnect by taking a nap in the shadow of a huge stone block of a dry river channel. The ground was quite flat from the floating water and the stones gave a coasy rock pillow. And while napping that song:
“Talking Blues” was playing on the iPhone.
Cold ground was my bed last night,
and the rock, was my pillow too.
The lyrics go quite good with the situation we’ve gotten our selves into. And we also remembered about the funny “Jamaican Tour Guide” video on YouTube about this Bob Marley‘s Pillow, where he wrote the song “Talking Blues”.
The Rinka Waterfall
We were soon ready to explore the area deeper, to the end, to reach the Rinka waterfall. The completely dry river channel was a much more tempting way to go to reach the waterfall. We hadn’t had any shoes on our feet the whole way and it was so much fun to jump from one rock boulder to another.
Soon this amazing cottage, Eagle’s nest appeared around the corner. It’s placed high in the rock above the ground, overlooking the magnificent Rinka waterfall. Was just a coupple of rock jumps and we could see this amazing beauty of nature.
The way to there was just hot enough to take a refreshing summer shower under the waterfall. Although the water falls to the small lake blow from 90 meters, it is possible to stand under it as the water is slowed down on it’s way to the ground by a huge block of lime stone under it.
The funny thing about this waterfall is, that there is not a lot of water flowing over it and it is so high, that the water drops become so small and light that the wind is actually moving the whole waterfall by 10 meters on each side.
We had coffee at the Eagles nest with an middle aged Dutch couple, who were camper traveling Slovenia. They were the most cool people we’ve met the whole trip. We’ve had fun exchanging some experience with camping traveling around. Really nice people.
On our pleasurable shoeless way down the “main path” we had a feeling we are from another planet as almost every by-passer looked at us that way. Nevertheless, walking barefoot is the most freeing experience for me. And the different terrain gives different kind of sensations which spread from the feet throughout the whole body. Love this feeling.
The Fairytale Forest
The whole way down, we were both truly excited about visiting this place, The Fairytale Forest. Just the name is so exciting that evokes the child in every soul. Although in my soul, that child never seems to sleep anyway. 😉
It’s quite a nice place with the wooden sculptural representations of the local and international fairy tales scenes. A really nice forest to be in. We were actually lucky, that we could get in as the forest was already closed. But we managed to get the manager to let us in to check it out. And it was actually a much better experience to be there just the two of us, without anybody to disturb the pure enchanting feeling of the fairytale forest.
The valley was getting darker and darker and after eating pancakes at the Fairytale Forest,
we drove to the entrance of the valley to catch the final bits of light and have a final relax under Logar’s Linden, before the ride home.
It was a truly nice day, one that definitely decided whats meant, or not to be. Živa was driving home, as I was completely exhausted from a busy working week. Although she is a “beginner driver” I can trust her ability to make the right decision for the road in front of us. So I was able to relax completely and enjoy the ride the whole way, for the ending of just another amazing day.