The formation of the approximately 2 kilometre long gorge is partly connected to the tectonic sinking of the main Bohinj valley and partly to glacial deepening caused by erosion or the deepening of the Bohinj glacier. The side valley of the Mostnica remained at a higher altitude, or we can say that it is a "hanging valley". The Mostnica river had to overcome the height difference by carving a narrow gorge in the base rock. In some places the gorge is quite wide. In some places it is up to 20 metres deep and the sides are only shoulder-width apart. The deepening of the Mostnica was fastest during the glacial melting (15,000 to 10,000 years ago), when there were enormous quantities of water and its power was immense. The water, together with the material which it carried, carved the rocks.
The grassland of Voje pasture is the open middle part of the Mostnica valley, at an altitude of just slightly over 700 metres. The surface is covered with ground glacial moraine, and towards the south the pasture is closed by the terminal moraine dam. It is rich in water, since the Mostnica has several tributaries and at individual sites, water springs out of the ground. Planina Voje is in a typical glacial valley in the shape of the letter U.
Four bridges and a footbridge cross the Mostnica on the way from Stara Fužina to Mostnica Waterfall, so our ancestors named the river after the bridges: Mostnica ("Bridge Water"). The most famous site is the Devil's Bridge (Hudičev most) which was, according to the legend, built by the devil himself.
Prior to every hike, check the weather forecast and trail conditions.
Don't forget to take a camera with you.
Along the way, you can admire diverse flora and fauna and the remnants of the glacier.
The trail through the gorge can be slippery and difficult to walk in rainy weather.
In snowy conditions, individual visits are not recommended due to the icy trail and the possibility of falling.
For a complete experience we advise you to hire a guide (Stara Fužina TIC or TNP Bohinj Centre).
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.
A road maintenance fee must be paid at the entry point from April to October.
Bohinj Mobility Card offers free transport and other benefits.
During the International Wild Flower Festival (end of May, start of June) you can join a guided hike (with a botanist) along the Mostnica Gorge to Voje Valley, where you can get detailed information about the flora of this area. You can admire various flowers like the carnivorous alpine butterwort, orchids, globeflowers, lilies ...
Four bridges and a footbridge cross the Mostnica on the way from Stara Fužina to Mostnica Waterfall, so our ancestors named the river after the bridges: Mostnica ("Bridge Water"). The most famous site is the Devil's Bridge (Hudičev most) which was, according to the legend, built by the devil itself.
Getting thereDrive by car to Stara Fužina from Bled, through Soteska or over Pokljuka. You can also access the village across Jelovica and Soriška planina.
A larger car park is located above Stara Fužina – Stara Fužina 8 (coordinates: 46.290434, 13.886832).
In summer, you can park your car at the car park between Ribčev Laz and Stara Fužina – Stara Fužina 7 (coordinates: 46.281193, 13.887203).
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Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.