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Swim Slovenia's Most Iconic Lakes

Challenge yourself to swim two magical alpine lakes in just two days

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Adventures / Adventure Tapas

Swim Slovenia's Most Iconic Lakes

Challenge yourself to swim two magical alpine lakes in just two days

DURATION
1 night
LOCATION
Slovenia
ANNUAL LEAVE
½ day off work
GROUP SIZE
Up to 11 people
MEETING POINT
Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport
ACCOMMODATION
Hotel
DIFFICULTY
Moderate

You should be a capable swimmer and able to handle at least 1 mile (the equivalent of 60 lengths of a 25m pool.)

Swim in the emerald-green waters of Lake Bohinj and Lake Bled - two of the most breathtaking lakes in Europe

Work alongside former professional athletes and coaches to perfect your technique

Take a moonlit hike to the Pokljuka Plateau deep in Triglav National Park

Included

Guides

Local, certified guide and swimming coach

Accommodation

1 night in a hotel

Meals

1 dinner and 1 breakfast

Transfers

All local transportation

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Some meals as described

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

The Area

Logistics

Starts

Bohinj Town Centre

10:00 on Day 1

Ends

Ljubljana Airport on Day 2

17:00 on Day 2

Transfers

You will be collected from your hotel in Bohinj on Day 1. On Day 2 you will be dropped at the airport. If you wish to arrange a different drop off please request with your host.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Ljubljana from major airports across the UK and Europe.

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Expect traditional regional dishes like Ričet (a minestrone-like dish of beans, vegetables and potato), Carnolian sausage, Ajdovi žganci (Buckwheat), Štruklji (this dish comes in the form of rolls, which can either be cooked or baked with a wide range of fillings.) If you have any dietary requests, let your host know in advance and they will do their best to accommodate them.

What is the accommodation like?

Pokljuka Plateau

You'll stay in a twin-room at the half-board Jelka Hotel with views over the forest or valley. The rooms have been designed using beautiful natural materials to give you a sense of being part of nature, even when you’re indoors. Each room has its own bathroom, TV, and free WiFi. The hotel meanwhile has both Finnish and infrared saunas, a jacuzzi and an onsite restaurant.

Day 1

The challenge begins

Swimming

1-2hrs · 2km

Hiking

2hrs

Meet your guide and drive to the start point on Lake Bohinj. Literally dive straight in and swim the 2km width of these crisp and pristine waters surrounded by a serene forest. If you fancy putting yourself to the test, swim the 4km length instead - with surroundings like these you’ll be tempted. Recover with lunch on the shoreline, check into your hotel and then head to the Pokljuka Plateau – a truly magical spot for some star gazing - and follow an intriguing mountain path for an enchanting night hike.

Day 2

Lake Bled aka Round 2

After breakfast, take a short drive to Lake Bled, known for its magical beauty and refreshing waters. Swim the 2km width of the lake (and back again if you’re feeling keen) and then find a spot on the grass for lunch. The afternoon is yours to do with as you wish - take a stroll through the charming town of Bled, wander the shoreline, or visit the fairy-tale church that sits on an island in the centre of the lake. Another option is to hike up to Mala Ojstrica – a steep but short trek up a series of iron steps carved into the rock with an incredible view over the lake and a backdrop of the highest peaks in the Julian Alps (a camera and selfie stick is a must.) As the day comes to an end, head back to Ljubljana Airport in time for your evening flight home itching for someone to ask, ‘how was your weekend?’

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

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What do I need to bring?

  • Swimsuit
  • Trainers or comfortable walking shoes
  • Towels
  • Windstopper or a jacket
  • Camera
  • Mobile phone
  • Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

You must be a capable swimmer and able to handle at least 1 mile (the equivalent of 60 lengths of a 25m pool.)

The average lake temperatures in Bohinj and Bled throughout the summer swimming season are;

  • June: 66°F / 19°C
  • July: 70°F / 21°C
  • Aug: 70°F / 21°C
  • Sept: 63°F / 17°C

The majority of people do not use a wetsuit apart from at the very start or very end of the season, however, your host can advise you if this is necessary as lake temperatures can vary.

You will have experienced, former professional athletes and certified swimming coaches and guides by your side, all with specific lifeguard training for water just like this. Usually, there are 2-3 guides for a group of 6-8 people to account for varying degrees of speed in the water. Large, stand up paddleboards to rest on also follow the group, and sometimes a boat depending on the group skill level.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

You can expect warm and sunny weather with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C. Lake temperatures depend on the weather conditions, but this year Lake Bohinj had around 22˙C in June and the same temperature in September.

You can leave any excess luggage in your host's van which will be parked in a secure space.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

For current advice about travelling in Slovenia, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specifically designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want them to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly likeminded.

“I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I’ve ever been on!” Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

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