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.
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.
Bohinjska Bistrica to Pokljuka (via Goreljek)
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.