Monday, 20 March 2017

Prepared for sunny outdoor experience?

Hostel pod Voglom is!

The winter is slowly being washed away with the early spring rain; however you can still ski on Mount Vogel, which is just 7 minutes drive away. For hikers we are renting snowshoes for some amazing views on Soriška planina. We are used to late winter fresh snow, so this could well be also our main offer again together with snow rafting or sledding in Soriška planina. After many years, lake Bohinj below the hostel was frozen for a few days for safe skating, the lake sleeps now as there are no activities on it due to the water being too cold. 

However let's look further – spring and summer! We will uncover our many canoes to take them out on the lake and bikes for exploring the beautiful country side of Bohinj area

Many schools decide and return to spend their camps here as we have many possibilities for outdoor experience: sledding, skiing, snowshoeing, snow rafting in the winter and slack line park, biking, hiking, canoeing, climbing, rafting, stand up paddling, kayaking, paragliding, canyoning, cave exploring… throughout the year, plus we offer meals in spacious dining room. The only downside of having our own big kitchen with a beautiful dining room is that there is no kitchen for our guests – yet! We can't wait for our new kitchen which in still in process of arranging and there you can prepare you own meals and socialize with other guests. We do offer breakfast for all our guest and it is included in the price, dinner is available on demand.

With snow melting away we will soon host many hike lovers who come and return to the heart of Slovenian National Park within the Julian Alps. Triglav is the highest mountain (2864m) in Slovenia and one of the most beautiful hikes over the Seven lakes valley starts here! 

As Triglav hike is really popular in the summer, we do suggest other amazing hikes you can go to on your own or with a guide. We offer maps and information at the reception of the hostel.

If you are thinking of organizing a group excursion we rent also a house just for you. Cottage Suha is in the quiet neighbourhood of village Ribčev laz and 7 minutes walk on forest path to the lake. For all our guests we do offer discounts on sport equipment rental (SUP, kayak, canoe, rowing boat, bicycle, neoprene suit…) and on sport activities (canyoning, rafting or kayaking on Sava Bohinjka river, high ropes course).

Hostel pod Voglom with its sport agency PAC SPORTS offers also transportation with our many vehicles with its famous PAC BUS.

Book a place in the heart of National park in Slovenia now!

Youth Hostel Pod Voglom
Ribčev Laz 60
4265 Bohinjsko jezero
+386 (0)40 86 42 02

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Visit the most sustainable country in the world – for less than €50

You may have heard that 2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism, where the aim of UNWTO – World Tourism Organization is to support changes in everything tourism-related towards better sustainability. Including the mind-set of us travellers. So if you are already planning your big adventures in a sustainable, earth and future friendly way you are on a right path. But even more things can be done.

@Author - Arhiv ZTKMŠ Brda;
And where better to seek inspiration than in a country that was crowned the world's most sustainable – in Slovenia. With some twists and turns you can do it on a €50 budget.

Interested? Than check out Ryanair's offer where in April you can fly from Hamburg to Treviso for only €9.90. From there, Slovenia is only a stone’s throw away.

You can make your way up this chicken-like shaped country and stop in significant, unique and special places that represent the diversity of the country as you go. From west towards the east you can firstly visit the coastal region. Piran, Koper, Portorož and many more in between lying little places will show you a wide range that Slovenian coast has to offer, even though it spreads on only 43 km

@Author - Julia Wesely;
After that you can head to the mountains. You just have to pick which ones. From valleys to plains, from hills to mountains, Slovenia has it all. And don't you worry about the water sources. Already mentioned sea has a few famous and not so famous lake cousins, such as Bled and Bohinj lake. 

@Author - Nea Culpa;
Another great feature of this lovely country is that it will take you also on a underground adventure in Postojna cave where the real dragons await. Or maybe you would prefer to follow the UNESCO trail from Škocjan caves to the mercury mines of Idrija and  Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps, near the capital Ljubljana, that was also the Europe's Greenest Capital in 2016. Or maybe you are a wine expert or just an enthusiast. Than you certainly cannot leave out a visit to the oldest vine tree in the world that is waiting for you on the bank of river Drava in Maribor. Slovenia truly does have it all.

@Author - Jurij Pivka;
Intrigued? Well, wait no more and book your ticket to sustainability. And do not forget to be a part of it also as an active participant not only a well-read traveller. Good luck and be sustainable and may the Slovenian diversity inspire you!

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Enjoy the peace and greatness of the moment in Kranjska Gora

The Upper Sava Valley offers numerous historical events and get-togethers. All these hikes, entertainment programmes, ethnological evenings and festivities are organised and attended by people who love their hometown. And they want to show it to the visitors in the most heartful way.

@Author -  Jošt Gantar; Archive Turizem Kranjska Gora
Winter has always been the time when farmers took a break from the daily work and started preparing themselves for the holidays. Although now ski events are the most-visited, crowded and fun events, the tradition of old village events, when myths and tales revive, is still alive...

Every year in March the Vitranc Cup (from 4.3.2017 to 5.3.2017) takes place with international ski contestants. Usually the atmosphere is incredible, fans are very loud, and the slope is excellent. Hundreds of workers make sure that the slope in Podkoren is perfect.

@Author - Matjaž Vidmar; Archive LTO Kranjska Gora
After the end of the sports part of the Vitranc Cup, the fun is far from being over: it is followed by musical performances, concerts and entertainment on “Q Max Party” (4.3.2017). 

A jewel of the Slovenian airplane designer, athlete and the designer of sports facilities, the engineer Stanko Bloudek – the ski jump in Planica has been a venue for international ski jumping tournaments since 1934. Until 2011, Planica was the holder of the world record ski jump by Bjørn Einar Romøren from 2005 when he jumped 239 metres.  Don't forget to support the project of sustainable development and come to Planica by train or by carpooling. 

@Author - Aleš Fevžer; Archive Pokal Vitranc
Taste a charged atmosphere for supporters as well as culinary delights in the Valley under the Ponce Mountains – Planica (23.3.2017 – 26.3.2017). After the tournament is finished, join us at the Open Air Planica (25.3.2017) event in Kranjska Gora. The biggest open-air event filled with sports spirit, presentation of contestants, awarding of competition numbers, concerts and other entertainment.

@Archive Turizem Kranjska Gora
On the Outskirts of the Triglav National Park, above the Jasna lakes and right at the foothills of the Julian Alps is a paradise for hikers, skiers, snowboarders, cyclists, climbers, nature lovers, adrenaline enthusiasts. We are talking about Hostel Barovc. Hostel Barovc Team will do their best to make your stay enjoyable and experience unforgettable!

More about events in tourist destination Kranjska Gora you can find on

TIC – Tourist Information Centre Kranjska Gora
Kolodvorska 1c, SI – 4280 Kranjska Gora
+386 (0)4 580 94 40

Beautiful spring in Slovenia

A holiday in Slovenia is always a good idea. Especially when it gets a little warmer, the flowers are starting to bloom, the birds are chirping. Could we paint a prettier picture in your mind? I think not. If you’re from Portugal and want to visit Slovenia, you’ve come to the right place. No, there are still no direct flights from Portugal to Slovenia with a low-cost airline, but there is one to Milano, which is very close to Slovenia. You can get from Porto to Milan Bergamo for as little as 44 euros. This sounds like a great deal, right? You can search for dates that suit you on Ryanair website.

@Author - Janez Tolar;
From Milan to Slovenia, you can rent a car (which is great for discovering the whole country) or go by GoOpti, which can be very cheap if it is booked in advance. Now your Slovenian adventure can begin. Are you ready? If you find an accommodation in Ljubljana, it will be a good starting point for discovering other Slovenian places, as it lies almost in the middle of the country. Hostel Tresor in Ljubljana lies right in the heart of the city and has a really special vibe. And if you’re renting a car, I suggest you book the hostel Tabor Ljubljana, which offers free parking and even breakfast. It is also suitable for bigger groups. If you don’t know what to do in our capital city, read this wonderful article, which will give you an insight on what to visit. Since I was talking about spring before, I simply have to take you to the nature. Bled is Slovenian most visited city by tourists and with a reason. This is the home of the best Slovenian dessert, Bled cream cake or in Slovenian, “kremšnita”, which you have to try. You can just enjoy the sunny day, beautiful greenery around you and mountains nearby. I suggest spending at least a few days in this area, so book hostel Bledec and enjoy in the nature. Visit Vintgar gorge, listen to the sound of the river and put your toes in the water and see how cold it is. You can go rafting, canyoning, hiking and so much more. If you want options for activities, definitely check out Igor Fabjan’s article.

@Author - Ana Pogacar;
Another amazing destination for a Slovenian trip is Logarska Valley, which will amaze you with its untouched nature. You can find an accommodation in hostel Ljubno ob Savinji. Ljubno ob Savinji was described as paradise on Earth. A town by Savinnja river is very proud of their ski jump, try the Slovenian salami, Savinjski Želodc or potica cake (but definitely not together). Ljubno is a great starting point for visiting Snow Cave or Snežna jama, go to the rafting museum, to the ski resort Golte or to Potočka Zijalka Museum. The choice is yours!

Welcome spring in Slovenia.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Slovenian Fairy-tale

There is something about a small country that has so many things to offer. It just crawls under your skin and stays there for all eternity. Do you know any country that has affected you in that way? If not, a visit to Slovenia is inevitable, because no life purpose will be fulfilled before you discover this little Alpe –Adria charm. And if you are a member of Hostelling Internationall there is another good news. There are quite a lot of sleeping options in HI hostels while visiting Slovenia and they all offer a 10% membership discount. Purely fantastic!

@Author - Aleš Fevžer;
So where to go and what so see? If you visit the Carinthia region, specifically the culturally rich Slovenj Gradec, the doors of the Youth Hostel Slovenj Gradec are wide open. There you can choose between accommodation in rooms or apartments, all of which are equipped with a private bathroom. In the modern world intertwined with the traditional you may try to rest in-between a number of activities in the area. From horseback riding, cycling, gliding to hiking and mountaineering in nearby mounatins Uršlja Gora and Peca. Who knows, maybe you will even come face to face with the mythical King Matjaž! 

@Author - Tomo Jeseničnik;
After that you can visit the south-eastern part of the country and find your resting stop in completely renovated Youth Hostel Krško. Municipality of Krško offers a lot with its rich history and your curious soul will definitely be happy there. Or how about a visit to Kranjska Gora? There you can sleep in the heart of Slovenian Alps, surrounded with endless hiking and skiing opportunities. The amazing nature invites you to stay at the Youth Hostel Barovc, where you can choose between 31 beds to sleep in. 

@Author - Aleš Fevžer;
Or how about a trip to the most beautiful Slovenian river? The Soča river awaits near Youth Hostel Bovec, where there is no lack of adrenaline in Summer or in the Winter time. Or do you want to see the famous baby dragons of Postojna cave? Little Proteus youngsters are waiting for you in the town of Postojna, where you can spend some nights in the Youth Hostel Proteus which is located in the centre of the town and has its very own park surrounding it.

@Author - Matej Vranič;
You can also visit the oldest Slovenian town that goes by the name of Ptuj. There you can be among the 60 travellers enjoying the hospitality of the Youth Hostel Poetovio while attending the biggest event in February – the carnival or as the Slovenians call it – pust. So be sure to pack at least a wig if you don't won't to stand out in the crowd. 

Now pack your suitcase, get your HI membership card and you are ready for your Slovenian adventure! 

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Slovenian carnival spirit on budget

Amazing and also intriguing is the heritage that a little country such as Slovenia has to offer. Have you ever wondered about it? If not, February is a good start for the beginning of your journey into the mystical depths of Slovenian culture. And there is a silver lining even if there is no need for one. On certain days you can simply hop on a Ryanair plane in Copenhagen and travel to Budapest for only 20,04 Euros. After that, getting from the Hungarian capitol to Slovenia is manageable with all kinds of public transportation.

@Author - Jošt Gantar;
So why February? Because it is the carnival month in Slovenia, a very busy, loud and playful time of the year. It is the month when Slovenians decide they had enough of the cold, snowy winter and therefore put on costumes to scare it away. Pust, as the carnival is called in Slovenia, is the time when a lot of versions of winter-scaring events take place throughout the whole country. The most famous one is Kurentovanje in the town of Ptuj with its central traditional figure Kurent. This event is one of the most important traditional events in Slovenia and has a more than a hundred-years-old tradition. Among the large groups depicting Kurent carnival also hosts many other rather joyous figures and since Slovenia is one of the richest European countries when it comes to the carnival costumes, good time and enjoyment are inevitable.
Even though it is a small country, there is a variety of carnivals in different parts of Slovenia, all with the same purpose to scare away the winter. For example in Prekmurje region they shame single villagers with a so called pine-wedding – Borovo gostüvaje – if none of them has been wed in the pre carnival time. In Cerkno they scare away the winter so, that on the Sunday after the New Year a mystic creature called Laufar runs around the streets and is every following Sunday joined by more enthusiast wearing a similar wooden costume. A group of 25 of them is called Laufarija and is also a famous carnival event in Slovenia. And in the south-western part of the country there is Čičarija, also an event, dedicated to the winter and her farewell.
So what is there to think about? With such on budget options it is almost a sin not to visit and to witness the heritage coming to life. After all, it is not every day you can see scary looking creature with and long red tongue, wearing a sheepskin and jumping around so that the bells on its belts ring trough the cold February days. But beware of its thin wooden bat with real hedgehog spikes at the top end – ježevka. And if you are a girl, make sure to carry a white handkerchief with which the Kurent can decorate his weapon. And if you are even a little bit interested, be sure to book the next available flight.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Eurotrip with a ski jumping stop in Slovenia

Eurotrips differ from person to person, from traveller to traveller. The best ones are of course spontaneous ones. But a little planning never hurt no one. So how about a little bit of both? The spontaneous part is that your trip is set for let’s say 7th of February, and the planning part is the ticket booking, where the combination of plane and bus ticket gets you to Slovenia's capital city for only 28.00 €.

@Author - B. Kladnik;
Imagine starting your adventure in Berlin. A Ryanair ticket from Berlin Schönefeld to Venice Treviso on February the 7th will cost you only 9.99 €. And from Venice to Ljubljana a bus drive with Flixbus will cost you only 17.90 €. What a bargain! The magic lies also within countless stop options in-between. But what is most impressive is once you reach Slovenia, the sky is the limit. An opportunity to seize an entire country in a week is just not to be missed. With travel prices nowadays you can even return again and again and discover every inch of this beautiful Alpe Adria country. 

@Author - Nea Culpa;
The capital Ljubljana itself offers countless things to see and to do. But also other parts of this chicken-shaped land are welcoming you with extraordinary sight. Want to go to the seaside? Coastal region welcomes you! Or do you want an underground adventure? No problem, Postojna and its baby dragons are waiting for you and Škocjan with its UNESCO protected sight also quietly awaits new visitors. How about a cooking lesson on a traditional 19 layer cake, typical for the north-eastern part of Slovenia? Or a visit to the oldest vine tree in the world

@Author - Matej Vranič;
Slovenia is a land of countless options so whatever you do, do not limit yourself while visiting. It is a rich, cultural and most of all a diverse trip that will leave you breathless from all the new things you will learn and see. And the best part of travelling in February is that you can treat yourself with a very popular Slovenian habit. A little lovely town called Ljubno ob Savinji every year hosts the Women's Ski Jumping World Cup on 11th and 12th of February and there is no better way to experience the Slovenian spirit than to visit a sporting event hosted in the country. You will not regret even a second spent in that wild, proud crowd cheering for their ''national heroes''. 

So welcome to the Slovenian jungle and may your visit be a magical one!