Camping is one of my favourite summertime activities. I love getting the chance to be outdoors all day long. Even if you do nothing but sit in a lawn chair and read a book all day, it does something good for the soul to be outside. When we were looking at Air BnB’s for Europe, we noticed some campervans listed. Umm…camping? We had never considered it. And yet it seemed like the perfect option for us, particularly in Slovenia where we planned to explore the outdoors anyway.
We found a small company called Van Voyage that has three converted campervans available. We would have loved to camp for longer but with our last minute booking we only managed to snag 5 days.
Our 5 Day Slovenia Itinerary:
Day 1: Ljubljana to Bled
After arriving by bus, it was a short local bus trip to the meeting point. We picked up our campervan and after some instructions on how to use everything, we were off.
We had no real plan on our first day, we just knew we wanted to spend our first full day checking out Lake Bled. So we headed in that direction. In Slovienia, “wild camping” isn’t allowed we learned, so we knew we had to find a campsite. We drove through the town and settled on a campsite that was about 20 minutes from Bled called Camp Perun Lipce. It was right on a lake and had really nice facilities. There is a campsite right at Lake Bled but we assumed it would be more expensive and possibly full, though we didn’t bother to check.
Day 2: Lake Bled & Lake Bohinj
With a 3:30 a.m. alarm set, we started our morning with a hike up the Ojstrica path to view the sun rise over Lake Bled.
The hike up takes about 15 minutes. It’s a pretty steady and steep climb but nothing too strenuous. It was absolutely worth the effort and the early morning because the sunrise was breathtaking. The sky lit up in golden hues and we saw Lake Bled for the first time.
After sunrise, we headed to the Bled Castle. It wasn’t open yet, but if you follow the path to the right of the entrance gates you can climb up and get another viewpoint of Lake Bled which is pretty spectacular.
The other great thing about being up so early is that the entire city is quiet. We walked around the town and lake as if we had it entirely to ourselves.
We stopped at Park restaurant and cafe for their famous cream cake. Cream cake is a Bled specialty and the Park restaurant is where it was invented, so we had to stop there. Plus their lakeside views are pretty spectacular too.
With a renewed sugar rush, we set off to tackle the other two viewpoints of the lake – Mala Osojnica and Velika Osojnica. All the hikes begin from the same trailhead but go to different points. Mala Osojnica had the most amazing view but unfortunately had a metal fence barrier in the way making pictures with yourself in them not so great. But hiking up and enjoying a picnic lunch with a view is something I would highly recommend.
You could easily spend a couple of days in Bled. There is a beach where you can swim in the beautiful lake and lots of restaurants and shops around. But as it became later in the day it became more and more crowded so we decided to head on out to Lake Bohinj within the gorgeous Triglav National Park.
We heard Lake Bohinj was less touristy than Bled but it was still very busy. Finding parking was a challenge and because it’s in the national park we saw lots of people who didn’t park in the specific parking lots with tickets. We wanted to camp at Zlatorog Bohinj which is right at Lake Bohinj but it was completely full. However, we were able to park in their parking lot and use the campsites beach, bathroom and shower facilities. We tried and failed to camp for free near a stream outside the national park after a park ranger came by and told us to move on. So instead, we ended up spending the night at the Bohinjska rail station where you can park campervans for only 10 Euros. It’s not fancy, just a parking lot but there is a bathroom and it was a cheaper place to spend the night than other campsites.
Day 3: Triglav National Park
Hiking was a big priority on our Slovenia itinerary. We headed into Triglav National Park to the Julian alps. We stopped in at the Kranjska Gora information centre and asked for a moderate 3-4 hour hike. She recommended one that was fairly easy but with great views. The hike was beautiful but the beginning was not easy, we are pretty sure we accidentally veered off the trail and did a rather challenging scramble “shortcut” by accident.
The drive in this region is reason enough to visit. The road is a steep climb up over the mountain pass and has about 50 hair pin turns. There are tons of cyclists tackling the route so if you’re up for an uphill battle, this might be your place.
Exhausted, we stopped at the Soca river to cool our tired muscles in the freezing cold but beautifully blue water. We camped at the beautiful Camp Kovac right along the Soca River outside of Bovec. This is an ideal place for those who plan to kayak the river or who like us, want to watch others doing it.
Day 4: Soca Valley to Most na Soci
We started early at Great Soca Gorge to beat the crowds. Then we took a trail run up the road and found a spectacular waterfall. Then again, time for a dip and chilling by the Soca River.
We stopped at the Boka waterfall, touted as the highest waterfall in Slovenia. It was an easy 15-minute walk up to the viewpoint but not really worth it since the viewpoint is not very close. I would skip this sight as there are way more beautiful things in Slovenia than a far away waterfall.
We spent the night just outside Most na Soci, it’s a cute little town worth a stop to walk around their beautiful emerald green lake. It’s off the main tourist path so we had the whole place to ourselves.
Day 5: Back to Ljubljana
PIN IMAGE – 5 Day roadtrip through Slovenia
What to know about camping in Slovenia
- Wild camping is illegal. We heard that within the national park they are very strict and will definitely fine you but might be able to get away with it outside of the park. However, unless you know where to go, it’s very difficult to find a spot for wild camping anyways.
- The campsites don’t have specific sites. They are generally more of an open area with vans, tents and motorhomes haphazardly parked everywhere. Don’t expect a lot of shady trees around you or privacy from your neighbours.
- The campsites charge per person, not per unit. But they are very well equipped with showers, bathroom facilities, free wifi, restaurants and bars.
- To save money you can keep your eye open for camper stops or farm stays instead of campsites. They are cheaper but offer fewer amenities.
- We weren’t able to find very much information about booking campsites online. There are a few that take online reservations but for the most part you can just show up. We were turned away at one campsite because it was full but generally since they don’t have stalls, they make space for people.
- There are no campfires. Fires are a big part of the camping experience in Canada but it’s not something that you see in Slovenia.
Check out our video that highlights all of our Slovenian camping adventures