Magical Springs of Lake Cerknica

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4 hours
Availability : May to October
Min Age : 3+
Max People : 8

Lake Cerknica is a seasonal lake, daily changing its shape and colours. During the rainy season (autumn and spring), this becomes the largest lake in Slovenia with a surface of over 26 square kilometres. During summer, the water retreats into an underground system of caves and the floodplain changes into colourful meadows flourishing in life. On this special nature walk, our naturalist guide will take you to a quiet part of the valley. Here, water emerges from the slopes, charging the main stream in the valley. On the way, we will see characteristic wet meadow plants, birds, butterflies and dragonflies. At the springs, we may find tracks of wild animals which come to drink to this silent corner.

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Tour Highlights
  • We reach the largest karst springs of the Lake Cerknica, where sometimes unbelievable amounts of water spew from the slopes.
  • In the quiet forest edge, large mammals often come to drink at the spring. While it is unlikely that we see them, we may find tracks of roe deer, red deer, bear, wolf, badger, and fox.
  • March-April is a good time for early spring flowers including Snowdrop, White crocus, Two-leaf squill and Christmas rose.
  • In May, vast swarms of mayflies and Stoneflies appear for their courtship flight above the stream and springs. Later in the year, we can find their larvae, which live underwater.
  • May-June is excellent for birdwatching with a chance to see and/or hear great egret, lesser egret, black stork, white-tailed eagle, yellow wagtail, whinchat, reed bunting, corncrake, raven, wryneck, yellowhammer, fieldfare, and hoopoe.
  • May-June is good for early summer flowers including Summer snowflake, Wild gladiolus and Orchids
  • In June-August, we may encounter special forest-edge butterflies like white admiral and purple emperor.
  • Late September/early October can be a magical time with beautiful fall colours in the forest

Availability

From March until September. The exact route we take is depending on the water level. 

Price

The price of this 4-hour tour is 90 € for a group of 2-8 participants. For single travellers, we offer a discount of 20 % (72 €). 

Difficulty

Easy to moderate. In the 4 hours, we will walk about 4 kilometres at an easy pace. We will follow unpaved roads and smaller paths. The whole route has almost no difference in height. This tour is suitable for children if they have the ability to walk the distance.

Meeting point

When you arrive by car, we can meet at Lake Cerknica. If you come by public transport, we can pick you up at the Rakek train station or Cerknica bus stop.

The starting point for this excursion is only a 1 ½ hour drive from Bled, a one-hour drive from Ljubljana and a 45 minutes drive from Postojna Cave.

Price includes

  • guiding in English, Dutch or German
  • accident insurance during the trip
  • local taxes

Price excludes

  • transportation costs to the meeting point

Optional supplements

  • picnic lunch/dinner (7 €/adult, 3 €/children)
  • pick up at a local accommodation (20 €/group)
  • pick up at a local bus/train stations (20 €/group)
  • pick up in the city of Ljubljana or Ljubljana Airport (70 €/group)

Things to take with you

  • Photocamera
  • Binoculars
  • Good walking shoes
  • We recommend long trousers
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hat
  • Tick- and mosquito repellent

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