Rafting in Slovenia

Gushing, glacier-fed river rapids give way to quiet oases in lush landscapes.

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Raft the 30,000 km of watercourses that curve through Slovenia’s dynamic landscape.

As melt-water swells, the rivers of the famed Soca Valley near Bovec, the region becomes a white-water playground from the months of March through to October. The Sava River in the Julian Alps offers scenic, gentle paddling through the forested banks of Kranjska Gora but makes for a bumpier ride as it snakes through the limestone canyons of Vintgar in Bled. In short, the variety of Slovenia’s rivers, canyons and gorges will keep all adrenaline appetites satisfied.

Have a look at our top picks for rafting in Slovenia.

Soca River

Soca River is Slovenia’s prize destination for whitewater rafting in spring and summer. This famous river has sections for all ages and levels. You’ll raft past forest-lined shores and mountain scenes, down stepped cascades, through canyons and moving with the curves of the ‘Emerald River’.

The valley is home to the famous Boka waterfall (the tallest in the country), Great Soca Gorge and the UNESCO biosphere reserve What’s more, Soča River is Slovenia’s first EDEN (European Destination of Excellence), and its shores are home to wildlife like golden eagles, deer and brown bears.

The Sava River

Sava River is the longest river in Slovenia passing through Ljubljana and the wine-making region, Posavje, all the way from the Italian border to the Danube. Its emerald water mixed with bubbling white water twists mean rafting is ideal for all levels and ages during spring and summer.

It splits into two parts, Sava Bohinjka and Sava Dolinka, and steers a speedy course between limestone canyons, and eases its way through Triglav National Park. As you’re rafting, keep an eye on the shores to spot the likes of red foxes, owls, marmots and alpine ibex.

Krka River

Thundering cascades characterise River Krka in Doljenska. It starts by the village of Krka, near Ljubljana, flowing towards the Sava River by the Croatian border. The waterfalls of the Krka river were formed by thousands of plants growing on top of each in limestone conditions over millennia.

Wooden bridges also cross over the top, and being the second longest river in Slovenia there’s plenty of choice for whitewater rafting in spring and summer. Its gentler waters mean rafters who are giving it a go for the first time can ease into white water rafting before tackling tougher rapids.

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