White water rafting in Slovenia, on the stunning Soča River

White water rafting in Slovenia, on the stunning Soča River

Slovenia is a dream destination for anyone who loves adventure sports, particularly in the areas surrounding the Julian Alps and the towns of Bled, Bohinj and Bovec. There are numerous adventure sports outlets in all three towns offering everything for the adrenalin junkie ranging from zip-lining, mountain biking, trekking, canyoning, climbing as well as some of the best white water rafting in Slovenia.

The two main places for rafting in Slovenia are either the Soča River or the Sava River. Whether you choose Soca river rafting or rafting on the Sava, you’ll get to experience the turquoise water and luscious green scenery all to the backdrop of the surrounding Julian mountains. Both are worthy contenders for your Slovenia itinerary.

With so many outlets claiming to offer ‘the best’ white water rafting in Slovenia, you’ll quickly find out that they are all pretty similar. You’ll need to decide which of the two rivers you want to raft on, this will partly be based on how ‘extreme’ you want to go and for how long you want to raft for. Ideally, you want to book a day or so in advance although in shoulder season it’s possible to book and go on the same day.

So what are you waiting for? Grab a brew and let’s find out how awesome rafting in Slovenia is.

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Experience exhilarating white water rafting in Slovenia on the stunning turquoise Soča River. All the reasons why this needs to be on your Slovenia bucket list. One of the top things to do in Slovenia. Find out about adventure sport in Slovenia and adrenalin sport in Slovenia. Near to Bovec in the Julian Alps. This is a must-do when you visit Slovenia. The Soca River runs through beautiful Slovenia countryside. #Slovenia #EasternEurope #Europe #AdventureLovers
Experience exhilarating white water rafting in Slovenia on the stunning turquoise Soča River. All the reasons why this needs to be on your Slovenia bucket list. One of the top things to do in Slovenia. Find out about adventure sport in Slovenia and adrenalin sport in Slovenia. Near to Bovec in the Julian Alps. This is a must-do when you visit Slovenia. The Soca River runs through beautiful Slovenia countryside. #Slovenia #EasternEurope #Europe #AdventureLovers
Experience exhilarating white water rafting in Slovenia on the stunning turquoise Soča River. All the reasons why this needs to be on your Slovenia bucket list. One of the top things to do in Slovenia. Find out about adventure sport in Slovenia and adrenalin sport in Slovenia. Near to Bovec in the Julian Alps. This is a must-do when you visit Slovenia. The Soca River runs through beautiful Slovenia countryside. #Slovenia #EasternEurope #Europe #AdventureLovers

White water rafting in Slovenia
- USEFUL INFO

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Sava River rafting or Soca River rafting?

There are two main rivers in Slovenia for white water rafting. You can choose between rafting on the Sava or rafting on the Soca river. The Sava river rafting is calmer of the two which makes it a great choice for beginners or younger families.

If you’re after a bit more excitement and fancy trying out some of the best rafting in Slovenia, then definitely opt for Soca river rafting which has more rapids. Rafting on Soča is graded as class III-IV.

I opted to raft on the Soca river. I’ve done white water rafting several times before (including Costa Rica, Kenya and Croatia) and I’d certainly class this as a moderate grade course. Although they reckoned the Sava River as an introduction to white water rafting, families with older children were enjoying the Soca River course too.

If you’re new to white water rafting, whichever course you choose, both will have the striking turquoise water and stunning scenery. Slovenia is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the world to pop your white water rafting cherry.

Experience exhilarating white water rafting in Slovenia on the stunning turquoise Soča River. All the reasons why this needs to be on your Slovenia bucket list. One of the top things to do in Slovenia. Find out about adventure sport in Slovenia and adrenalin sport in Slovenia. Near to Bovec in the Julian Alps. This is a must-do when you visit Slovenia. The Soca River runs through beautiful Slovenia countryside. #Slovenia #EasternEurope #Europe #AdventureLovers

Water temperature

Both the Sava and the Soča rivers are fed by melting snow from the surrounding Julian Alps. Typically the season runs from April to October.

In the early season the rivers can be as chilly as 7 degrees, although, in the summer months, temperatures might get as warm as 15 degrees. If you have the option, wait for a sunny day. You can check the weather here.

Booking white water rafting in Slovenia in advance

Prebook now: Soča River Day Trip from Ljubljana and Bled

Prebook now: Soca River Whitewater Rafting from Bovec

What’s included when you book rafting in Slovenia?

      • Transfers to and from Bovec (or Bohinj or Bled, depending on where you started) to the river.
      • Your guide
      • All of you equipment including:
      • Wetsuit
      • Water boots 
      • Lifejacket
      • Safety helmet.

Essentials to take with you

      • A towel (a big one!)
      • Change of clothes
      • Flip-flops or slide-on shoes
      • Snacks – rafting is hungry work!
      • A plastic bag to put your soggy swimwear in
Experience exhilarating white water rafting in Slovenia on the stunning turquoise Soča River. All the reasons why this needs to be on your Slovenia bucket list. One of the top things to do in Slovenia. Find out about adventure sport in Slovenia and adrenalin sport in Slovenia. Near to Bovec in the Julian Alps. This is a must-do when you visit Slovenia. The Soca River runs through beautiful Slovenia countryside. #Slovenia #EasternEurope #Europe #AdventureLovers
Experience exhilarating white water rafting in Slovenia on the stunning turquoise Soča River. All the reasons why this needs to be on your Slovenia bucket list. One of the top things to do in Slovenia. Find out about adventure sport in Slovenia and adrenalin sport in Slovenia. Near to Bovec in the Julian Alps. This is a must-do when you visit Slovenia. The Soca River runs through beautiful Slovenia countryside. #Slovenia #EasternEurope #Europe #AdventureLovers

White water rafting in Slovenia
- WHAT TO EXPECT

It’s useful to know what to expect when you go rafting in Slovenia. When you raft the Soca River (I’m assuming the Sava is pretty similar to this), you’ll get kitted up close to the water’s edge. I highly suggest putting on your swimwear BEFORE arriving here otherwise, it’s a dash to the bushes for some modesty to get changed. 

Once you’re kitted up, you’ll be put into your teams, usually 6 – 8 people, before being given a briefing on what to expect, rafting commands as well as how to do it safely without clobbering your teammates over the head with your paddle.

To check you’ve understood the commands, whilst your raft is still on dry land, your instructor will usually play a game, where they shout a command at you for your team to follow. We drilled everything we were just taught finishing with the obligatory ‘high-five’ with the paddles above our heads. One last safety check and this is where the real fun begins.

Experience exhilarating white water rafting in Slovenia on the stunning turquoise Soča River. All the reasons why this needs to be on your Slovenia bucket list. One of the top things to do in Slovenia. Find out about adventure sport in Slovenia and adrenalin sport in Slovenia. Near to Bovec in the Julian Alps. This is a must-do when you visit Slovenia. The Soca River runs through beautiful Slovenia countryside. #Slovenia #EasternEurope #Europe #AdventureLovers
Experience exhilarating white water rafting in Slovenia on the stunning turquoise Soča River. All the reasons why this needs to be on your Slovenia bucket list. One of the top things to do in Slovenia. Find out about adventure sport in Slovenia and adrenalin sport in Slovenia. Near to Bovec in the Julian Alps. This is a must-do when you visit Slovenia. The Soca River runs through beautiful Slovenia countryside. #Slovenia #EasternEurope #Europe #AdventureLovers

The rapids start gentle, as we navigated the river following commands from our guide; ‘forward’, ‘left’ and ‘backwards’. It’s always chaos at the start as everyone is getting used to paddling in sync. 

We were certainly in one of the more enthusiastic groups, even after going down the smallest of rapids we did our group ‘high five’. Our guide certainly kept us on our toes, shouting the commands at us. ‘Left side’ as we all shifted our weight over to one side of the raft to avoid hitting a rock, before getting to a big rapid where things get exciting. 

We hear our guide should ‘get down’ which resulted in all of us scrambling to sit inside the floor of the raft and hold on tight. It’s quite a workout and exhilarating, so don’t expect a relaxing and casual jolly down the river.

Experience exhilarating white water rafting in Slovenia on the stunning turquoise Soča River. All the reasons why this needs to be on your Slovenia bucket list. One of the top things to do in Slovenia. Find out about adventure sport in Slovenia and adrenalin sport in Slovenia. Near to Bovec in the Julian Alps. This is a must-do when you visit Slovenia. The Soca River runs through beautiful Slovenia countryside. #Slovenia #EasternEurope #Europe #AdventureLovers
Experience exhilarating white water rafting in Slovenia on the stunning turquoise Soča River. All the reasons why this needs to be on your Slovenia bucket list. One of the top things to do in Slovenia. Find out about adventure sport in Slovenia and adrenalin sport in Slovenia. Near to Bovec in the Julian Alps. This is a must-do when you visit Slovenia. The Soca River runs through beautiful Slovenia countryside. #Slovenia #EasternEurope #Europe #AdventureLovers

After a while, you’ll stop for a break, with the options of swimming in the chilly water, relaxing on the rocks or like the big children we were climbing up to the highest rocks and jumping in. Nerve-rackingly stood at the edge of the top of a rock, looking down at the colourful water below, we take it in turns to jump off.  

Playtime over as we clamber back into the rafts and continue on down the river. More rapids, some of them gentle to ease us back before more shifting from the left side of the raft and the right side of the raft, and more opportunities to ‘get down’. Of course, all followed by the obligatory ‘high five’. The whole afternoon was amazing.

Our experience of rafting in Slovenia was nearly coming to an end as we floated the rafts to the shore. Exhausted but ecstatic from our experience, we have to lug the raft up the river bank to the trailers, where we’re greeted by refreshing tins of cool sweet lemonade. 

Like the experience of getting kitted up earlier on in the day, you’ll find that there’s next to nowhere to get changed, actually, there was even less privacy here as the trailers were parked in the middle of a field! 

Insider tip: I highly recommend packing a BIG towel to wrap around you here to at least try and get some privacy as well as a pair of flip flops to put on after you take off the water boots. 

Experience exhilarating white water rafting in Slovenia on the stunning turquoise Soča River. All the reasons why this needs to be on your Slovenia bucket list. One of the top things to do in Slovenia. Find out about adventure sport in Slovenia and adrenalin sport in Slovenia. Near to Bovec in the Julian Alps. This is a must-do when you visit Slovenia. The Soca River runs through beautiful Slovenia countryside. #Slovenia #EasternEurope #Europe #AdventureLovers

Booking white water rafting in Slovenia in advance

Prebook now: Soča River Day Trip from Ljubljana and Bled

Prebook now: Soca River Whitewater Rafting from Bovec

Experience exhilarating white water rafting in Slovenia on the stunning turquoise Soča River. All the reasons why this needs to be on your Slovenia bucket list. One of the top things to do in Slovenia. Find out about adventure sport in Slovenia and adrenalin sport in Slovenia. Near to Bovec in the Julian Alps. This is a must-do when you visit Slovenia. The Soca River runs through beautiful Slovenia countryside. #Slovenia #EasternEurope #Europe #AdventureLovers

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Experience exhilarating white water rafting in Slovenia on the stunning turquoise Soča River. All the reasons why this needs to be on your Slovenia bucket list. One of the top things to do in Slovenia. Find out about adventure sport in Slovenia and adrenalin sport in Slovenia. Near to Bovec in the Julian Alps. This is a must-do when you visit Slovenia. The Soca River runs through beautiful Slovenia countryside. #Slovenia #EasternEurope #Europe #AdventureLovers
Experience exhilarating white water rafting in Slovenia on the stunning turquoise Soča River. All the reasons why this needs to be on your Slovenia bucket list. One of the top things to do in Slovenia. Find out about adventure sport in Slovenia and adrenalin sport in Slovenia. Near to Bovec in the Julian Alps. This is a must-do when you visit Slovenia. The Soca River runs through beautiful Slovenia countryside. #Slovenia #EasternEurope #Europe #AdventureLovers
Experience exhilarating white water rafting in Slovenia on the stunning turquoise Soča River. All the reasons why this needs to be on your Slovenia bucket list. One of the top things to do in Slovenia. Find out about adventure sport in Slovenia and adrenalin sport in Slovenia. Near to Bovec in the Julian Alps. This is a must-do when you visit Slovenia. The Soca River runs through beautiful Slovenia countryside. #Slovenia #EasternEurope #Europe #AdventureLovers

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Adventure travel blogger with a big addiction to the World. An ex-rat-racer who was fed up with sleep-work-eat-repeat materialistic mentality that plagues modern living. I love anything to do with off-beat travel, abandoned places, temples & ruins, street art, wildlife in its natural habitat, adventure sport.....basically anything but the 9-5!

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