Nature

Rinka Falls

The Savinja stream springs forth from several sources under the Okrešelj Basin, after which it flows over a series of small step-like falls and rapids to the cliff-like edge of the glaciated Logarska Dolina Valley. From here it pours over the Orlovo Gnezdo rock-face into the natural amphitheatre that forms the valley's upper end. This magnificent 90-metre high arc of water is Rinka, the highest single and unbroken waterfall in Slovenia which, because of enormous size and beauty, was proclaimed a natural monument in 1987.

The waterfall is the most beautiful and most visited part of the Trail through the Logar Valley. The mountain trail runs past the waterfall to the Frischauf Hut on Okrešelj and into the high mountain range.

Source: Krajinski park Logarska dolina

Palenk Waterfall

Protected as a natural monument, this waterfall lies above the eastern side of the Logarska Dolina Valley, not far from the Hotel Plesnik and Villa Palenk. It plunges 78 metres over a craggy rock-face and, particularly after periods of heavy rain, leaves a mighty impression. Above the Palenk Waterfall there is a narrow gorge containing several exceptionally picturesque smaller falls. In wintertime Palenk becomes an alluring climbing ground for all those keen on scaling frozen waterfalls.

The Palenk Waterfall is a popular place to get married. The waterfall, as well as the Palenk Ravine, are natural monuments.

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Trail through the Logar Valley

The Trail through the Logar Valley is a natural history and ethnographic trail leading through the marvellous corners of the unspoilt nature of the landscape park. The numerous natural and ethnographic sights seen along the trail are sure to catch the eye of every visitor. The trail also brings people closer to nature. You can choose to explore the trail and the tranquil imagery of the park by yourself or you can opt for the services of local guides that will guide you through the wonderful world of nature and point out the numerous interesting features. The second source of the Savinja River, mighty boulders, a woodcutter’s and a charcoal-burner’s hut, a hunting blind and a giant juniper are some of them. The trail ends at Rinka Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Slovenia, where you will be rewarded with the refreshing embrace of a fine mist.

The total length of the trail is 7km, and it takes about 2–3 hours to walk its entire length. You can also join the trail anywhere along the valley. The middle section of the trail also runs by the Fairytale Forest. A short section of the trail by the Mountaineers’ Hut is also wheelchair-friendly.

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Brložnica Fall

Below Zabrložnica (1635m), on the left slope of the Logar Valley, the Brložnica stream emerges from underground. At first, it runs down a relatively gentle slope, but at an altitude of 1122m, the stream turns into a 9-metre waterfall and ends at an altitude of 997m with a magnificent almost 40 metre high waterfall. The Brložnica Falls thus span a total height of 125m, consisting of four waterfalls. The surroundings of the top waterfall are also very interesting. Only a couple of tens of meters above it, there is a natural window, under which runs a footpath.

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The Brložnica cave

The glacier that covered the summit of Zabrložnica during the Ice Age chiseled out a basin which is today enclosed by rock walls that extend up to 70 metres in height. Due to a combination of mechanical and chemical weathering, a 40-metre high cave was formed which contains the source of a stream that later goes on to form the picturesque Brložnica Falls.

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Spring of Črna – the second source of Savinja river

Not far from the actual fall, the stream created by the Rinka Waterfall vanishes deep into the rocky ground. These waters gush to the surface again on reaching the impermeable Werfen strata further down the valley, from where the stream emerges as the Črna ("Black") and flows over dark sedimentary clays that impart it with its black tincture. This stream then flows along a regulated riverbed to the lower end of the Logarska Dolina Valley where it has its confluence with the Jezera stream (which flows out from the neighbouring Matkov Kot Valley) from which point it becomes the Savinja. This source has been proclaimed as natural heritage.

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Golica v Krejdi

Golica v Krejdi, which bears testimony to a number of past geological occurrences, is located opposite the Alpine Dairy Cottage at Kot. Here the strata has been exposed by the torrential Kotovec stream (this is the local name for the upper stream of the Savinja before it confluences with Jezera) - hydraulic action by the stream has cut a swathe through the valley floor, revealing it in full cross section. From this it can be seen that the underlying bedrock at Kot is covered by a small-grained red-brown sand and calcareous sinter conglomerate. This material is obviously preglacial, due to the fact there is a layer of glacial moraine on top of it. After the glacier receded, a lake covered the valley, illustrated by the thick uppermost layer of sedimentary clay.

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Logar's linden

Protected as natural heritage since 1987, Logar's Linden is an exceptional arboreal curiosity of great interest as well as an integral ingredient of the view across the lower part of the Logarska Dolina Valley. This tree stands about 300 metres from the Logar farmstead on the left side of the road and is some 24 metres in height, whilst its trunk has a girth of 4.85 metres.

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The larch at the Klemenča jama

Among all the larches in the Solčava District this one, which is protected as natural heritage, is the most prominent. It grows a couple of minutes' walk above the mountain lodge at the Klemenča jama next to the path that leads to the summit of Krofička. This two to three hundred-year-old tree has a trunk circumference of about 4.5 metres and grows to some 28 metres in in height. Due to its outstanding dimensions it has been declared a natural heritage.

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The Okrešelj basin

This amphitheatre-like glaciated cirque is set out below the steep rocky faces of Turska Gora, Rinke, Križ and Mrzla Gora. It contains some classical superficial highland karst phenomena, including limestone pavements (clints and grykes), as well as a variety of interesting Alpine vegetation. In 1931 the Savinja section of the Slovene Mountaineering Association established the Okrešelj National Park here. Set in the midst of this cirque is the Frischauf Lodge - a good starting point for excursions into the high Alps.

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Plesnik's elm

In addition to Logar's linden, Plesnik's elm, which grows on the Plesnik farm (at Plest), is yet another fine feature of Logarska Dolina's panoramic perspective. The elm has a trunk circumference of 3.7 metres and reaches a height of 25 metres and is of great aesthetic value.

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The Rastovški skok Falls

This series of falls is located above Log on the eastern side of the Logarska Dolina Valley. The stream, which emanates from the western slopes of Strelovec and Krofička, almost reaches the valley floor before meeting a series of precipitous rock faces between 10 and 20 metres in height. The sedimentary rock hereabouts is rich in fossilized remains which bear testimony to life in this region in the dim distant past.

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Fun fact: Flora & Fauna - The Logar Valley and the mountainsides boast a variety of mountain flowers, some of which are very rare or even endangered. On Okrešelj, in the botanic oasis and elsewhere in the park, you can admire slipper orchids, Carniolan lilies, Auriculas, Zois’ Bellflowers, gentians, edelweisses and Kamnik orchids. The wider region of the Logar Valley is home to the golden eagle and the peregrine falcon. At higher altitudes, you can see chamoises and ibexes, and on the mountains you can also see Jezersko-Solčava sheep.

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