Escape to Bohinj

A Winter Escape to Lake Bohinj

Who is dreaming of a winter escape to Lake Bohinj? The promise of this new year is being affected by coronavirus, forcing many of us to spend more time at home. This makes now a good time to let the mind wander to the trips that you will be able to make once this is over. Here is a taster of what to expect if you visit Lake Bohinj in winter.

Winter Wonderland

This year we have had an abundance of snow, making the area around Lake Bohinj a Winter Wonderland. Just take a look at this video to see how beautiful Lake Bohinj is under a blanket of snow.

Snow brings stillness and peace to the mountains – even the air smells different! Do you want to build a snowman, ice-skate, have fun sledging, get energetic on the slopes at Vogel Ski Centre or try some cross-country skiing. There are even opportunities for night time sledging and skiing!

Build a snowman at Lake Bohinj Slovenia

Invigorating Walks

One of my favourite activities is to wrap up warmly and head out around Lake Bohinj for a refreshing walk. Bright blue skies, with the snow-capped Julian Alps reflected in the water, make this walk particularly stunning during the winter time. You will hardly see a soul – just you, the lake and the mountains all around. Bliss.  

Winter walk around Lake Bohinj Slovenia

Even on misty, foggy days, Lake Bohinj has an ethereal quality which makes it incredibly atmospheric and beautiful.

Mist at Lake Bohinj Slovenia

Another option is to try snow shoeing – imagine giant trays on your feet spreading out your weight as you traverse the snow. Experienced guide, Grega, at Hike & Bike, offers snowshoeing hikes around Lake Bohinj and has an abundance of local knowledge he is keen to share. Or maybe you’d like to try the Full Moon Walk at Vogel Ski Centre for an unforgettable evening.  

Winter Hiking

Mountain hiking in winter offers fabulous vistas if you are experienced and well prepared.

Winter hiking in the Julian Alps, Slovenia

Lake Bohinj is in the Triglav National Park and so offers a good base for exploring the Julian Alps in Slovenia. For some inspiration, read about our winter ascent of Pršivec on our Blog.

Hiking up Pršivec, Julian Alps, Slovenia

Moreover, with the sun rising later, winter is the perfect time of the year to get up for that spectacular sunrise over the mountains. Read how we got on climbing Viševnik for a sunrise last winter here.

Sunrise over Triglav from Viševnik, Julian Alps, Slovenia

After a day out walking there is nothing nicer than returning to an open fire and some local food. Fewer restaurants are open at this time of year. However, those that are open will welcome you with a warm fire, local schnapps, and hearty food. For some treats head to the chocolate shop at Hotel Krystal in Ribčev Laz and buy some of the amazing artisan truffles to take home.

Rest & Relaxation

A winter holiday isn’t complete without an opportunity to rest those tired muscles after a day out exploring. The Aquapark in Bohinjska Bistrica (8km from Lake Bohinj) offers a wealth of therapies to help you relax. For adults, pamper yourself with a massage (including chocolate and fruit!) or a facial, zone out in the saunas or try the salt room. Children love the swimming pool, with whirlpools, water jets, the wild river, a rock-climbing wall over the water and slides. Buy a day ticket and hang out here for some rest and relaxation…remember to take a good book too!

The weather in winter can be unpredictable, so the Aquapark is a great wet weather option too. Alternatively, take a day trip to Bled (stunning with a dusting of snow), Ljubljana or explore one of the amazing caves at Postojna or Škocjan.   

Lake Bled, Slovenia in winter

Plan a Magical Winter Escape to Lake Bohinj

It is easy to see why Lake Bohinj offers a magical winter escape.

Winter at Lake Bohinj

Although we cannot travel here at the moment, the dramatic scenery and unspoilt landscape Of of Lake Bohinj will be waiting for us next winter. Being outside and spending time in nature is perhaps something we will all value that little bit more in 2021.  

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