Don’t miss out on as we explore the best locations in both Slovenia and Croatia during this 6 day photography tour. Tourguides are Arild Heitmann, Stian Klo and we are joined by fellow photographer and local Croatian, Roberto Pavic. All images courtesy of him.
We meet at Ljubljana Airport no later than 11am local time. Then we are headed straight to the hotel where we staying in in the Bled area. Thet hotel will be our base for all activities and shootings in Slovenia. Sunset at Vintgar Gorge – The 1.6 km long Vintgar gorge carves its way through the vertical rocks of the Hom and Boršt hills and is graced by the Radovna river with its waterfalls, pools and rapids. The educational trail leads you over wooden bridges and Žumr’s galleries, and ends with a bridge overlooking the mighty 13 m high Šum waterfall. After that first shooting we’ll introduce you to the hotel with all the information about the locations planned for the week.
Ojstrica and Mala Osojnica are two hills which rise above the west shore of Lake Bled. Both viewpoints overlooking these hills require about a 15-30 minute easy hike. When we get to the top of those hills we will be rewarded with arguably the best views of the famous Lake Bled, the island, castle and the Karavanke mountain chain in the background. Sunrise on day 2 is reserved for shooting from those hills and we will be shooting directly in to sun. During the day we will visit Lago del Predil and explore the surrounding area. At the end of the day we’ll continue towards Laghi di Fusine. Laghi is plural of Lago/Lake in Italian, so that means we’ll have two beautiful lakes to concentrate on – lower (close to the parking lot) and upper (10 minutes walk) – for shooting. These two locations will give us heaps of opportunities to capture stunning images of the lake and the massive Mangart mountain in the background.
One of the best locations in Slovenia to shoot sunrise is the Sveti Tomaž (Saint Thomas) church
with layers of hills and mountains in the background and the beautiful valley in the foreground. We have to get up quite early to get those special conditions, but trust us – it’s well worth it. Mangart is Slovenia’s 4th highest mountain and it’s very popular due to it’s easy access. Namely, the Mangart road (Slovenia’s highest road) takes you above 2000 altitude meters just below Mangart’s rocky summit pyramid. The summit is located exactly on the border between Slovenia and Italy so when we get there we will have beautiful views on both sides – lakes, mountains and valleys.
Bohinj is a Valley amidst the Triglav National Park and Julian Alps. It’s actually the largest permanent lake in all of Slovenia. Most of the time in the early morning hours lake is covered with fog so most likely we can get very misty photos. If there’s no fog, we’ll be rewarded with visible peaks of the mountains which surrounds the lake. Around the lake there are more locations to capture gorgeous imagery – especially in the forest or on the small creeks which are descending into the lake. We will also make a visit to the Peričnik waterfall, with its 52m drop being one of the highest among Slovenian waterfalls. This waterfall gives us a lot of opportunities for compositions – you can photograph it directly from the road with a telephoto lens or you can shoot it from the same position with drone. If you get to to top of the waterfall, a 10 minutes hike, you’ll have a chance too shoot it from behind (like some waterfalls on the Iceland) or you can angle it
from the side. The Peričnik waterfall is mostly in the shadows during daytime. Foggy autumn days are the best for shooting this place. Additionally, the Vršič Mountain Pass with it’s 1611m is the highest road pass in the Eastern Julian Alps. The High-mountain road from Kranjska Gora to Vršič has 24 serpentines. Those of you bringing drones will know what this means. On the way from the bottom to the top of the pass there are couple of nice places for shooting – Kekčeva Dežela, Russian chapel, more serpentines or even the top of the pass has lovely view on mountains around the pass. So depending on the weather conditions we’ll choose the best location for shooting. There’s without a doubt plenty of stuff to see.
At the end of our Slovenian part of the tour we’ll have a sunrise shoot from the Lake Bled shore. After that we are packing up our things and moving to Croatia. After an easy 4 hour drive we’ll arrive at our sunset locations, entrance no.1 at the Plitvice lake, or the viewpoint on the opposite depending on the light and weather conditions. Both sides gives us a cracking view on the Veliki Slap (Big Waterfall) – the highest waterfall in the Plitvice National Park. For many people this is the most beautiful part of the park.
Veliki Prstavac is the 2nd highest waterfall in the Plitvice National Park and it’s situated close to entrance no.2. To get to the best viewpoint we have to get up early and go for a little hike. The reward is another classical viewpoint of the waterfall for shooting. During the day we’ll walk around the entire national park and at the end of the day we will shoot again at the entrance no.1/opposite viewpoint.
Departure day and we are headed back to the Ljubljana airport, an easy 3,5 hr drive, so expect to be there around noon.