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Slap Virje (Virje Waterfall)

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  • A unique little church on the path to Virje.
    / A unique little church on the path to Virje.
    Photo: Trever Swelland, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Virje waterfall
    Photo: Trever Swelland, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Virje waterfall
    Photo: Trever Swelland, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Virje Love
    Photo: Trever Swelland, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Glijun source
    Photo: Trever Swelland, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / A reflection of electric plant buildings with Kanin range in the background
    Photo: Trever Swelland, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Julian alps - Javoršček & Krn
    Photo: Trever Swelland, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Kanin ski resort
    Photo: Trever Swelland, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / The almighty Svinjak
    Photo: Trever Swelland, Turizem Dolina Soce
m 500 450 400 350 8 6 4 2 km Adventure Park Srnica Sončni Kanin Izvir Gljun Izvir Gljun Žičnica Kanin Virje
An easy two hour, 10km loop from the center of Bovec to the stunning Virje waterfall. 
open
easy
Distance 9.5 km
2:00 h
326 m
324 m
This is a perfect trail if you are looking for an easy hike with the entire family, yet you still want to experience the stunning views that the Soča valley has to offer. A 10 km loop, starting from the center of Bovec, passing through the quiet mountain village of Plužna to the magnificent Virje waterfall. However the stunning scenery doesn’t stop there. To complete the loop you pass by a small hydro electric plant where you can snap the perfect reflective picture of Svinjak or Kanin. Additionally, from the parking lot you can visit Gljun springs, originating from the karst underground caverns of Kanin. Although this spring source is flowing virtually year round, it is bursting out the seams after a large rainfall.  After the pond, the trail gradually descends to the rolling hills of Bovec golf course and back to the center. Allow 2 hours to complete the entire loop. 

Author’s recommendation

Don't forget to see the small pond (200 meters from the parking lot) for beautiful reflective views of Svinjak as well as the source of Gljun stream.
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Author
Trever Swelland
Update: November 04, 2019
Difficulty
easy
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Highest point
481 m
Lowest point
368 m
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Safety information

After rainfall this trail can become quite muddy and slippery, choose your footwear accordingly. 

Tips and hints

  • There is a water fountain in the center of Plužna; A good place to rest and fill up. 
  • Virje is partially snowmelt fed, so like other waterfalls in the area, it is most impressive during spring runoff.
  • 5 minutes walk from the parking lot you will find the source of the river Glijun (Izvir Glijuna) as well as a small hydro electric plant. 
  • While Slap Virje can easily be accessed by driving, walk the 2 hour loop from the center of Bovec is a better choice. 

Start

Bovec center (462 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.338085, 13.552744
DMS
46°20'17.1"N 13°33'09.9"E
UTM
33T 388620 5132629
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Destination

Slap Virje

Turn-by-turn directions

To find the start of the trail start walking on the main road from the center in the direction of Kobarid. Take the second road on the right (where the flower shop is located Cvetličarna Amak); After approximately 250 meters you will reach the driveway of a small apartment. It can be a bit confusing here because you have to walk between two buildings, where you will find the first sign indicating slap Virje. This is also the same path as the Alpe Adria trail for about 2/3 of the loop.

From this point you follow a well marked trail through sheep farms, offering beautiful views of Kanin ski resort. Soon you reach the paved road leading into the small alpine town of Plužna.  Follow the road from the center of Plužna leading up the hill for about 15 minutes to reach the parking lot for slap Virje. As you approach the parking lot keep an eye out down the hill to your left, where you can get a view of slap Virje down below. It only takes 5 minutes to reach the waterfall from the parking lot.

To complete the loop, continue downhill after returning to the parking lot. Within 5 min you will reach a small hydro electric plant, offering stunning reflective views of the beautiful peak of Svinjak as well as Izvir Gljun, the natural karst springs originating straight from the caverns under Kanin. Even if you access slap Virje by car, do not miss these easy detours. The obvious path circumnavigates the lake leading down the hill towards Bovec Golf course. This is the point where you no longer follow the Alpe Adria trail, rather follow the signs for Bovec center. Crossing the entire length of the Bovec golf course, you end up in the Parking lot for Kanin ski resort. At the end of the parking lot turn left to meet back up with the trail that you started on, leading you back to the center of Bovec. This is an easy trail, suitable for the whole family. Allow approximately two hours to complete the entire loop.

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Public transport

To reach Bovec please refer to our transportation page: 

Public Transportation

 

Getting there

This is a round trip track starting and ending at the information building in the center of Bovec.

 

To get to Bovec you can come from the North or the South.

  • From the North: Via Kranjska Gora through Vršič pass or through the Italian town of Tarvisio through Predil pass.
  • From the South: Follow road number 102 from Tolmin to Kobarid, turning on 203 from Kobarid to Bovec. 

Parking

During the summer months, parking can be difficult in Bovec. There are a few larger parking lots that generally have space available. Option number 1: directly across from the Mercator supermarket there is a large parking lot. Option number 2: there is a large parking lot near the school and the church.

Coordinates

DD
46.338085, 13.552744
DMS
46°20'17.1"N 13°33'09.9"E
UTM
33T 388620 5132629
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

For more information about the Soča valley follow this link: 

Soča valley

Author’s map recommendations

Turistična karta občine Bovec, 1:40 000, Dolina Soče. Geodetski inštitut Slovenije, Jamova 2, Ljubljana.

Book recommendations for this region:

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Equipment

This is a standard trail, requiring no special equipment. Bring gear according to the weather and the season. 

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Rating

4.0
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Roos Rodrig
Yesterday · Community
After the rain it is slippery can be difficult at some places. Wear good shoes!
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Prisca Preyer 
August 13, 2021 · Community
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When did you do this route? August 13, 2021
Andrea Hütter
July 19, 2021 · Community
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When did you do this route? July 19, 2021

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326 m
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324 m
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