A walk in the embrace of the Pokljuka forests is really relaxing for your mind and body. The vast pine forests provide shelter to many flora and fauna species, as well as clean air and peace for hikers. The study trail at the Goreljek Peat Bog is interesting for learning about the facts and importance of peat bogs that belong among the most precious natural areas in Europe. The trail is intended for random visitors, regular visitors, students and tourists.
Peat bogs are areas where water accumulates and they contain a layer of peat a few decimetres or metres thick that is overgrown by peat moss. Peat bogs started emerging after the last ice age. When the glacier disappeared, it left behind small lakes. Over thousands of years, they became filled up with various organic remains of water plants that inhabited the lake. Acidic water enabled only some flowers to grow and develop. Peat mosses were most frequent and they still prevail on the peat bog surface. Peat mosses are constantly growing on top and carbonising in the lower part. The surface therefore rises, so the peat bogs can also be called high peat bogs.
Prior to every hike, check the weather forecast and trail conditions.
Don't forget to take a camera with you.
You can admire diverse flora and fauna along the way.
Safety informationA 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
Freshen up at Sport Hotel and Jelka Hotel that also offer dishes that have 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 the Goreljek Peat Bog.
Julian Alps Card: Bohinj enables you to explore and travel for free.
Peat bogs are very rare in Slovenia. In their original form, they can only be found on Jelovica, Pohorje and Pokljuka. In lowland areas, they were mostly destroyed due to drainage to acquire agricultural land or peat for heating. Due to extraordinary sensitivity, peat bogs are protected according to the European legislation, and are included in the NATURA 2000 area.