Blato and Vogar alpine meadows are hidden away on a plateau above the steep north shore of Lake Bohinj. Blato is a popular starting point for hiking trips above Bohinj and Vogar is well known amongst paragliders who glide towards the lake from its edge. Both meadows will impress you with beautiful herdsmen cottages. The astonishing view and top-rank homemade food in the lovely Dolenc homestead on Vogar meadow will be especially pleasing. If you find the cycling trip too short, continue on foot to Pršivec - a summit with an incredible view. Great exercise straight above the shore of Lake Bohinj.
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Ribčev Laz at Lake Bohinj
Head towards Stara Fužina from the bridge at St. John’s church in Ribčev Laz village. You can either go along the main road or follow the shore of Lake Bohinj. If you follow the shore, go straight through the forest and then to the end of the meadows where a dirt road splits to the right towards Stara Fužina. Keep left in the village and follow the signposts for Vogar or Voje. The asphalt road ascends slightly and leads you past panoramic meadows to the north. Before long the road flattens out and takes you into the shade of a forest. Go left at the first crossroad and then simply proceed along the road that starts to ascend a bit more 'seriously'. After about an hour you reach the next crossroad – Blato meadow is to the right and Vogar to the left. I suggest that you visit Blato first - it only take a few minutes to get there.
The round Blato meadow is surrounded with steep slopes from all sides and has quite a few herdsmen cottages that were mostly transformed into pretty private holiday homes. This is a great place for resting in the grass and admiring the Bohinj architectural heritage. Return from Blato meadow along the same road to the last crossroad and just keep ascending straight on towards Vogar alpine meadow. You reach the parking lot in front of the meadow, turn left and descend towards Dolenc homestead, for a delicious home-made meal.
Vogar alpine meadow is somewhat 'stretched-out' and I suggest you ride (or walk) from Dolenc homestead a little further on towards Kosi mountain hut. Just behind it, a narrow path turns to the right and takes you to a beautiful viewpoint on Lake Bohinj. Fantastic!
Return back to the valley down the path of ascent and turn left onto a dirt road at the meadows in the lower section. The dirt road leads you to the Devil’s bridge above Mostnica gorge. You can stop and visit the gorge or simply cross the bridge and continue to Stara Fužina (where you can visit the museum of alpine dairy farming) and return to the starting point along the main road.
Blato alpine meadow: 1150 m
Length (duration, km):
Ribčev Laz - Blato meadow: 1.15 h (11 km)
Blato meadow - Vogar meadow: 15 min (3 km)
Vogar meadow - Ribčev Laz: 30 min (11 km)
Total: 2 h, 25 km
Type of trail:
54% asphalt (13.5 km)
46% dirt road (11.5 km)
Hike and bike option: Turn right at the parking lot before Vogar alpine meadow and follow the gently sloping dirt road all the way to its end. Leave the bikes there and proceed on foot to the beautiful view point above Lake Bohinj – Pršivec. I recommend a circular route: end of the road – Pršivec – Viševnik alpine meadow – end of the road (around 2.5 hours all together).