Into the wild on foot, by bicycle or by public transport
Why take the car when you go into the wild, when you can enjoy riding a bicycle with the wind in your hair or smelling the fresh smells of the forests and meadows while walking. This way you can experience nature with all the senses. If you still need to use your own transport to get to the starting point of a climb in the mountains, for example, then park in a car park and enquire about the possibilities of using public transport, such as free buses that take you to Alpine valleys.
Let only the official roads and tracks seduce you
If it’s the adrenaline of mountain biking that’s drawing you into the wild, then choose only trails that have been reinforced. Some mountain bike trails are indicated. Riding on terrain that has not been reinforced can lead to serious consequences for the natural environment and can also trigger soil erosion. Using motor-powered vehicles (including motocross bikes and quads) is forbidden in the wild, or is limited to public and uncategorised roads that are used for public road transport.
Are you ready to go into the mountains?
In Slovenia we say it’s not the mountain that’s crazy but whoever goes up it. In order to tame this “madness” at least a little, we should prepare well for our trips into the mountains. Not only the summit but also the route you choose is important. The route should suit your physical condition and also check if you have the right equipment. When planning your trip into the mountains do not forget to check the weather forecast so you don’t get caught out by bad weather. Walk on well-maintained and marked paths, which you can recognise by the Knafelc waymarks (a white and red circle).
Sleeping under the stars but only in campsites.
It’s hard to resist the irresistible beauty of the starry sky, which is particularly magical out in the wild. But don’t let it seduce you into sleeping under the canopy of stars just anywhere. In Slovenia wild camping is prohibited. But we do have a big selection of campsites, glamping accommodation and motorhome stopovers in a natural setting, where you will be able to satisfy your romantic soul by sleeping under the stars.
High mountain lakes – to be admired but not for bathing
The high mountain lakes you come across on your hikes through Slovenia’s mountains are so beautiful and crystal clean that you could just run into them. But don’t do that as bathing in high mountain lakes is forbidden. Instead, admire them from the shore and breathe in their freshness and beauty. It’s better if you find your refreshing aquatic moments in natural swimming pools and swimming areas in the valleys.
You’re only a visitor in the wild, respect the “host”
When walking in Slovenian nature you will be able to enjoy the smells and colours of various flowers. Admire them and take photographs of them in their natural habitat. Where they grow is where they are most beautiful. Especially in the protected areas it’s important that plants are allowed to grow undisturbed in their natural environment as they may be rare or even endangered species. Animals that live in natural ecosystems also appreciate peace and quiet, so don’t make any noise and keep your dogs under control. Slovenian nature has a wealth of herbs and fruits but don’t forget moderation when gathering them. Gather only what you know and in the permitted quantities.
Beware, animals grazing!
Do you know where milk tastes best? Undoubtedly on our pastures where the animals graze in the summer months. Mountain pastures retain their authenticity and this can also be tasted in the milk and dairy products. Velika Planina is best known for its pasture farming tradition, but there is also a lot of it around Bohinj. When you head off to try these authentic dairy tastes on the pastures, or when you just go past, walk only on the maintained trails and do not disturb the grazing animals. Meanwhile, keep your canine friends on a leash.
Good relations with the locals
In the countryside, man and nature go hand in hand. The people who live here have coexisted with nature for generations, know its laws and respect it. In Slovenia we have four biosphere areas that belong to UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere (MAB) network. Discover this harmony and respect it. Discover the beauty of each area in an unobtrusive manner and respect the local population and its property. Do not cause any damage to the forests and meadows, and do not touch the crops and the machinery in the fields. This way the locals will welcome you with open arms.
Take your waste home with you
Return from your trip to the wild with only fresh energy, photographs to remember the trip, and your rubbish. Would the remains and packaging of your snack go well with the natural beauty you see on the trip? Not very well, I don’t think. Better throw them in the bins for separate waste collection. Also ensure your visit to the wild is not disturbing and noisy. Instead, enjoy the privilege of the peace and quiet offered by nature.
Spread this responsible attitude towards nature amongst other people
What you publish on social networks can have a big impact on nature. Post photos and videos of your responsible and safe visits. Trips into the wild should not be just an uncritical pursuit of the most popular sights, but an experience adapted to yourself and a responsible experience, caught by the camera in passing. Find out where you need a permit for making a video.