Tourist Information Center:TIC Idrija
Mestni trg 2, 5280 Idrija
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Height above sea level
beside a river; in the countryside; in the mountains
The Vojskarska planota is a broad and fragmented plain located at an altitude of around 1000 m above sea level and stretches across some 3600 hectares of land, its circumference measuring over 10 km. As the karst part of the Idrijan hills, it extends high above the Idrijca, Kanomljica and Trebuša Valleys. During summer months the pristinely natural, serene, and idyllic landscape fanned by fresh air dresses itself in a vivid and variegated carpet of grasses and exceptionally rich flora. Side by side, meadows, pastures, and mixed forests extend in perfect harmony. The core oh the settlement has developed at Planina (1077m), around the church below the hill Školj (1129m).
The main festivals and tourist attractions: the excellent belvedere Hudournik (1148m), ravine Gačnik with its numerous waterfalls, hollows, rapids, canyons; Snežna jama (karst cave), “Slovenija¨ Partisan Printery. The village’s holiday falls on 23 June, and is a commemoration of the day when Italians burnt down the whole settlement in 1943. Vojsko’s inhabitants’ alos solemnly celebrate Jacob’s Sunday (St. Jacob’s Day on 25 July).
Points of distinction : The most excellent belvedere in the area is undoubtedly Hudournik (1148 m). Positioned at the westernmost edge of the plateau, it rises steeply above Oblakov Vrh, which connects Kanomlja and Trebuša. The views from Hudournik provide a vast panorama whereby one may observe, as the palm of one’s hand, the landscapes stretching towards Tolminsko an on to Julian Alps, with its patriarch Mount Triglav, and further on all the way to the Dolomites in Italy. During fine weather, Trnovski gozd, Notranjska Porezen, and Blegoš as well, appear as being optically at the reach of one’s hand. From here one may perceive in all its glory the famous tectonic (Idrijan) fault, which runs from Venetian Slovenia, over Idrijca, Trebuša, Kanomlja, and Idrija to the Notranjska region. It is probably needles to point out that the Vojsko planota is not to be overlooked by mountaineers, since the Slovenian Mountaineering Route traverses it.
And now let us pass to Gačnik, an unusually appealing and mysterious ravine. With its numerous waterfalls, hollows, rapids, canyons, and pools it has animated people’s fantasies since the immemorial. Those more aged Vojskarians used to claim that Gačnik was the second most horrible ravine in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. This thrilling denotation was probably due to the fact that despite its comparatively high waters it proved to be utterly inadequate for timber drifting, which was in those times days still widely used. Gačnik springs to the surface at Krpcija farm and first flows as an idyllic rivulet along the plateau, yet suddenly it plunges into abysmal depths and in only 8 km of its entire course descends by 800 metres and then rushes into the emerald Trebušica. On its headlong path it forms no less than 14 waterfalls. The first one can be viewed near the Brdar farm estate, where the water was in older times dammed up and conducted along “rakes” (channels) to the neighbouring Pršjakova grapa (ravine) for purposes of timber drifting. Near the Brdar farm there used to be an operating mill as well. Not far ahead, the stream dashes down, forming the magnificent Larch-Tree Waterfall named after the eponymous stately tree. Other well-known waterfalls following downstream are Spring’s Waterfall, the 27-metre-high Hidden Waterfall with its extraordinarily sombre pool, and the Stopničasti slap (Cascading Waterfall). Among other points of interest one should also mention Beautiful Hollows (“kotlice”) in the lower part of the stream, whereas in the middle part there are the tuff formations in Statarska grapa (ravine). Only a few people actually know that on the hillside rising to the right above the Slap v zelenem kotu (“Waterfall in the Green Hollow”), one may still notice remnants of the 9th Partisan Corp’s Central Pharmacy, which proves as interesting for sanitary experts as both Partisan hospitals Pavla and Franja. With respect to the Gačnik Ravinem one should take into account that for a more extensive visit to this area, a guide is highly recommended and one should be also prepared for some slight climbing.
GPS Northing (N) : 46,0241
GPS Easting (E) : 13,9034