Spruce forest, Pokljuka Slovenia
Spruce forest, Pokljuka Slovenia

35 Minutes in Slovenia’s Pokljuka Plateau Forest

My parents are visiting Slovenia at the moment, and it’s been a blast taking short road trips around the country together discovering and exploring areas of the country none of us have seen. Excursions both nostalgic and new.

On Tuesday we made our way from the Lake Bohinj valley towards Pokljuka, a high altitude forested plateau located in the Julian Alps of northwestern Slovenia.

It’s a beautiful drive, about 20 kilometers one way, along steep narrow ascending roads through villages with names like Jereka, Podjelje and Goreljek. There are nameless settlements too, where small handfuls of houses seemingly cling to impossibly well-manicured mountainsides.

Village of Jereka from Podjelje, Slovenia
Village of Jereka from Podjelje, Slovenia

Barn, village of Podjelje, Slovenia
Barn, village of Podjelje, Slovenia

Above those hillsides and slopes lies the Pokljuka Plateau, whose mere existence, hiding atop these long ascents, belies logic.

Pokljuka is mostly known for its sport facilities and as a central starting point for single and/or multi-day mountain hikes. There’s also a biathlon center that’s been a major stop on the International Biathlon Union’s World Cup for two decades.

It also contains the largest continuously forested area in Triglav National Park –some 6300 hectares (15,500 ares) in an area some 20 kilometres long and nearly as wide– the majority of it spruce.

The next stroll through the trees will be longer.

Spruce forest, Pokljuka Slovenia
Spruce forest, Pokljuka Slovenia

 

Spruce forest, Pokljuka Slovenia
Spruce forest, Pokljuka Slovenia

Getting there:

Bohinjska Bistrica to Pokljuka (via Goreljek)

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For the record, the lead photo serves as today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 1,001st straight. If you missed #1000, it’s here.

Pokljuka Forest, Triglav National Park, Slovenia, 27 September 2016.

 

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  1. Killer photos, and nice time you must be having with your family. I like the map plug-in you used there, I wanted to use something like that when we lived and traveled in Europe last year, but learned it wasn’t supported through the WP dot com platform, so I abandoned the idea. But it must be useful for you in your travels, in helping readers visualize the location. Looking forward to more Bob! — Bill

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