Nika and Blaž, the designers of Hike! are both climbers and outdoor people who enjoy discovering hidden places in nature. When we started designing Hike! we thought it would be a cool idea to use the landscape cards to showcase some of the real landscapes of Slovenia, our home country. So we connected with different places and organisations, and asked them to show us a photo for inspiration, and tell us a little about its background. And it has been a pleasure to meet everybody, and hear their stories.
We are kindly inviting you on a little journey through the Hike! Landscapes.
Kredarica hut is the highest mountain hut in the Slovenian Alps, located below Mount Triglav and in the immediate vicinity of the largest glacier in Slovenia. Its convenient location makes it a popular and excellent choice for hikers planning multi-day hikes in the Julian Alps.
The Sava river was an important transportation route in Celtic and Roman times. Near Hrastnik, the hometown of SnowBoardGames, the waters were especially treacherous, and 20 – 30 pairs of oxen were used to pull the rafts upstream over the river rapids. The path they used was carved into the rock, and can still be seen today. Tourist Information Centre in Hrastnik is a great place to learn more about the area and grab a copy of Hike! In person.
Cerknica lake is Europe’s largest intermittent lake. It is located on a karst plain, and it usually has water 8 months a year and for the rest 4 months, it is dry. The area is home to 276 bird species, 45 mammal species, 125 butterfly species and 15 amphibian species, which makes it truly exceptional from the biodiversity perspective.
Golte is a high karst plateau in the heart of Savinja valley and a popular destination for outdoor activities. From skiing and snowboarding in winter, to hiking, (e)-biking, climbing, zip-lining and supping in the summer. They also organise Bushcraft – a unique course about surviving in wilderness. You can get more information about it in Tourist Information Center in Mozirje, where you can also grab a copy of Hike! as a souvenir.
This is the view of the mountains above Okrešelj, the most beautiful Slovene glacial cirque. It’s location above the Logar valley and the relative short approach make it a popular hiking spot. In 2019, the mountain hut on Okrešelj burned to the ground in a wildfire, and Planinsko društvo Celje Matica is currently undertaking a huge project of building a new, modern and eco-efficient hut in the harsh alpine environment.
The Soča valley is paradise for hiking and exploring, from the river’s banks up into the green forests, and beyond up to the mountains’ peaks, from its lowest point in the Tolmin Gorges to the highest-lying beach atop Mt. Kanin. Go with the flow, let the river Soča accompany you.
Aerial view of Zelenica, a popular ski-touring area. It’s short approach from Ljubelj pass and plenty of winter climbing routes make it a very popular destination for alpinists. But beware, the area is known for avalanches! In summer, the place shows a friendlier face with its green mountain pastures and picturesque views of the mountains.
The high karst plateau Pokljuka is of glacial origin and is the largest forest area in the Triglav National Park. It is covered mostly by spruce forest, which stretches from 1,000 to 1,500 m above sea level. Today it is known for world biathlon competitions. Be sure to stop at Info Center Bohinj where you can find Hike! On their shelves.
Mojstrana is a village at the foot of the Julian Alps and a gateway to Triglav, Slovenia’s highest mountain, with the Vrata valley offering spectacular views on the Triglav north face. In winter, it is a great place to try ice climbing.
Uršlja gora, also known as Plešivec is a 1699 m high mountain in Carinthia region and the eastern-most peak in Karavanke mountain range. It is named by the church of st. Uršula, the highest lying church in Slovenia, located just below the mountain top. It is the most popular mountain in Carinthia, and it offers spectacular views of the surrounding area. Along with the highest lying church, Uršlja gora is also the home of Slovenia’s highest lying apiary. The ZKŠTM Ravne na Koroškem are the place to visit to get more info about this area, and to grab a copy of Hike! in-person.
We hope you enjoyed this virtual tour. If you wish to see the landscapes on the cards, you can get your copy of Hike! below.