Slovenia, a land enshrouded in mist and legends of dragons, imps and witches. Bears, wolves and wild boar roam the forests that cover nearly two-thirds of this enchanting, relatively little known country. Alpine mountains climb high above the clouds enveloping glacial valleys, serene lakes, fairytale castles and the clearest of rivers. Rivers that hurl themselves over rocks and boulders before slowing to a steady, gentle flow only to bubble up again and thunder down cliff faces in a beautiful and powerful rage.
In the Green Karst vast lakes appear in a matter of days only to disappear once again as the seasons change. The receding waters are said to have dragged thwarted lovers deep into the dark, dank bowels of the earth while high in the surrounding mountains witches cook bad weather.
The Ljubljanica River that flows through the capital city of the same name, once transported the mythological Argonauts carrying the Golden Fleece. But it is the tales of the golden horned steinbock, a white Alpine Ibex, that roamed the heights of the Triglav mountains, that are perhaps most well-known and it’s also the symbol of the locally brewed beer, Laško.
Having just returned from a fabulous week discovering Slovenia, I couldn’t wait to show you a few of my favourite images from this thrilling and magical trip. I’ve been white water rafting, cycling and hiking, camping and glamping, visiting spas and staying in castles not to mention beer tasting and adventuring up into the tree tops then zip lining down again (Who’d have thought!). I’ve so many wonderful and exciting memories but rather than the mountain hikes or the paddle boarding, it was the beauty of the Slovenian landscape that really took my breath away.
Photography by Kathryn Burrington, from the top:
- The view from Celjska Koca Hotel and my first glimpse of Slovenia
- Snežnik Castle
- Mostnica Gorge
- Cerknica Lake, The Green Karst (once the summer lake has emptied)
- Lake Bohinj
- Logar Valley
- View from the Solcava panoramic road
- Lake Bled
- Lake Bled from Bled Castle
- Mostnica Gorge
Thanks to Best Press Story for organising this fabulous press trip to Slovenia. While my travel, accommodation, meals and activities were all complimentary, as always I will only ever share with you my own thoughts and honest opinions. All photographs are my own unless otherwise stated.
The Green Karst
The Green Karst
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