The deep and dense spruce forests of the Pokljuka Plateau, where nature shows off in all its beauty, offer a truly unique cycling experience. Cycling takes us between picturesque old villages, located in two small valleys, both leading to Lake Bohinj, the breathtaking alpine lake, nestled deep between the steep slopes of the Julian Alps.
Forests of the Pokljuka Plateau and the Goreljek peat bogs
Pokljuka is a high Karst Plateau at the eastern end of the Triglav National Park, covered in endless forests. Numerous karst forms can be found on Pokljuka, such as sinkholes, abysses and caves and hummocky meadows. The deep forests of Pokljuka hide peat bogs — a precious natural area of constant standing water with a few centimetres or metres thick layer of peat overgrown with peat mosses.
Gorjuše is an old alpine village, located at an altitude of 1000 metres above sea level. For the past few centuries, the village has been known for its traditional craft of making wooden smoking pipes. The Gorjuše pipes (locals named them “čedra”) which are made of pear, maple or boxwood, are made in various shapes and decorated with pieces made out of mother-of-pearl, silver metal and brass.
Bohinj “Toplar” hayracks
The double hayracks of Bohinj are the most typical architectural structures in Bohinj; they are unique to Slovenia and play a special part in the local architecture. The famous group of “toplar” hayracks stands by the village of Studor. Due to its location, interesting design and high density, they are considered an extraordinary example of vernacular architecture on a worldwide basis.
Glacial Lake Bohinj is Slovenia’s biggest permanent natural lake. It is located in the very heart of Triglav National Park, nestled between the steep forested slopes of high mountains. At its eastern end is the iconic church of St John the Baptist.