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Along the Shady Hunter's Trail and the Sunny Northern Shore Around Lake Bohinj

· 3 reviews · Hiking route · Julian Alps · Open
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  • Ice on the lake
    Ice on the lake
    Photo: Paul Kornacker, CC BY, Turizem Bohinj
m 700 650 600 550 500 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Cerkev sv. Janeza Krstnika Pokopališče iz … Ukancu Turistična ladja … Ukanc Turistična ladja … Laz Slap in jama Govic Bohinjsko jezero
A walk around Lake Bohinj is almost obligatory for every visitor who comes to Bohinj. You can shorten it and walk only along the north or south shore, where you can enjoy in beautiful views.
Distance 12.7 km
3:30 h
320 m
320 m
656 m
526 m

Lake Bohinj is a tectonic and the largest natural lake in the Triglav National Park and in Slovenia. The basin of the lake was transformed by the Bohinj glacier. The main tributary to the lake is Savica which springs in the Triglav Lakes Valley. The water in the lake changes three times in a year. Jezernica is the small river flowing from the lake and is one of the shortest rivers in Slovenia. Below the confluence with the Mostnica River, the Mostnica and the Jezernica merge into the Sava Bohinjka River.

The Church of St John the Baptist is the most recognisable symbol of Bohinj. It was built before the year 1300 and is, from a stylistic point of view, the richest building in Bohinj.

During heavy rainfall, the Govic Waterfall occasionally bursts out from the rock above the northern shore of Lake Bohinj. The water rises vertically in the cave and falls with a roar into the channel below the wall. The path is impassable at that time. The entrance to the cave is only a few metres wide and runs down to the underground lake with a very oscillating surface. Usually, the waterfall can be seen for only a few hours.


Author’s recommendation

Prior to every hike, check the weather forecast and trail conditions.

Don't forget to take a camera with you.

If you are on a hike with your children, don't miss visiting the Zlatorog Fairy Trail.

Highest point
656 m
Lowest point
526 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 5.73%Dirt road 0.11%Forested/wild trail 22.49%Path 0.03%Road 1.43%Unknown 70.18%
0.7 km
Dirt road
0 km
Forested/wild trail
2.8 km
0 km
0.2 km
8.9 km
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Rest stops

Panoramic boat on Lake Bohinj - entry station Ribčev Laz

Safety information

There can be fallen trees in some parts of the trail due to tree cutting and damage caused by strong winds.

The trail can be flooded by torrents at heavy rainfall.

A part of the trail runs on the local motor road.

Tips and hints


Turizem Bohinj, Stara Fužina, tel.: +386 4 57 47 590

TIC Bohinj, Ribčev Laz, tel.: +386 4 574 60 10

TIC Bohinj, Bohinjska Bistrica, tel.: +386 4 574 76 00

TIC Bohinj, Stara Fužina, tel.: +386 4 572 33 26

TNP Bohinj Centre, Stara Fužina, tel.: +386 1 200 97 60

Julian Alps Card: Bohinj offers free transport and other benefits.

Stop and relax at various restaurants in Ukanc and Ribčev Laz. Picerija Ukanc in Ukanc, Lovec and Zlatovčica Restaurants and Foksner Snack Bar in Ribčev Laz offer dishes with the Bohinjsko/From Bohinj certificate.

During the International Wild Flower Festival (end of May, start of June) you can join a guided hike (with a botanist) along lake shore, where you can get detailed information about the flora of this area.

In the past, Ukanc was a grazing pasture. As the legend says, the name "Ukanc" was formed from the phrase "u konc" meaning "at the end of the world", because in the past people believed that the world ended below the walls of Komarča.

A military cemetery is located near the car park in Ukanc. You can visit graves and a chapel that reminds us about the atrocities of World War I.

Zlatorog Fairy Trail is located along the trail around Lake Bohinj. You can walk an hour or the whole day along the approximately 2 kilometres long circular trail. The circular trail can be visited individually or in an organised group. The perfect guide is the booklet containing fairy tales from Bohinj, a map and slots for stamps that you can collect along the trail.


TIC Bohinj, Ribčev Laz (536 m)
46.276733, 13.887909
46°16'36.2"N 13°53'16.5"E
33T 414318 5125396


TIC Bohinj, Ribčev Laz

Turn-by-turn directions

Start at TIC Bohinj in Ribčev Laz and walk left towards the bus stop, continue past the Pod skalco park to the Pod skalco event place. At the end of the car park, turn left onto a small forest path and slowly ascend through the forest. Follow the yellow and white signs. The view of Lake Bohinj and the mountains opens up along the trail. Walk to the car park at the cable car station below Vogel mountain, turn right and continue along the asphalt road to the crossroads in Ukanc. Walk past the car park to Bohinj Ukanc bus stop. Continue straight to the bridge over the emerald green Savica and only a couple metres later turn right onto a stone road. You can see a part of the Zlatorog Fairy Trail along the trail. At the crossroads at the last houses, turn left and continue along the narrow path along the western lake shore. The trail then continues along the northern shore and takes you to Fužinarski zaliv bay on the east side of the lake. When you reach the car park, continue straight ahead along the asphalt road to the Church of St John the Baptist and the bridge over the Jezernica. Turn left and reach the starting point.


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Public transport


You can travel by train or bus to Bohinj. From the Primorska side, you can also come by car train.

Regular buses operate from Ribčev Laz to Ukanc, Bohinjska Bistrica, Bled and Ljubljana.

More information is available on the website


Getting there

Drive by car to Ribčev Laz from Bled, through Soteska or over Pokljuka. You can also access the village across Jelovica and Soriška planina.


Ribčev Laz 2 car park (behind the Jezero Hotel) (coordinates: 46.276426, 13.886311)


46.276733, 13.887909
46°16'36.2"N 13°53'16.5"E
33T 414318 5125396
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Map of the hiking trails in Bohinj, 1:25.000

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Tina M
October 30, 2022 · Community
This was my favorite place we visited in Slovenia! We walked along the north trail to Ukanc - lots of beautiful views. The water is so still and clear. Then took the cable car to Vogel Ski Center where we got more beautiful views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Then we took the boat back to Ribcev Laz to finish the day.
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When did you do this route? October 04, 2022
F. Müller
September 14, 2022 · Community
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When did you do this route? September 10, 2022
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Margret E-K 
September 02, 2021 · Community
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12.7 km
3:30 h
320 m
320 m
Highest point
656 m
Lowest point
526 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available 'Healthy climate'


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