River Soca/Isonzo

The Soca or Isonzo is a 138-kilometre long river that flows through western Slovenia and northeastern Italy. It is one of the most beautiful and cleanest rivers in Europe. The pristine beauty of this emerald river attracts nature lovers, photographers and water-sports enthusiasts from all around the world and it truly is a nature’s paradise. Different sections of the river are very different, the water colors and the rocks are different, it’s great to drive along the river and stop and relax and take photographs.

Soca’s rapids also offer some of the best adrenaline-pumping water sports experiences in this part of Europe, including rafting, kayaking, canoeing, canyoning (swimming in river pools, conquering waterfalls and canyons), and hydrospeeding (river descents with hydrospeed boards).

Soca River and limestone gorge from Napoleon Bridge. Under the Napoleon bridge near Kobarid, the Soca river has carved a 750-meter long, 15-meter deep, and, at its narrowest section, only two-meter wide chute.
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Soca Gorge is located immediately before the village of Soca (approximately 10 km from Bovec), by the road from Bovec to Trenta (address: Soca 104, 5232 Soca, Slovenia).
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Soca River at its beginnings
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Swimming in the Soca river near Tolmin
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Boat on river Soca.
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River Soca in the town of Tolmin.
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Napoleon Bridge over the Soca river near the town of Kobarid.
Napoleon Bridge over the Soca river near the town of Kobarid, Slovenia
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Cable bridge across the river Soca.
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River Soca in autumn.
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Course of the Soca river (red line).
Course of the Soca/Isonzo river

There are also many other natural and cultural attractions that are worth visiting in the Soca river valley, like the world renowned World War I Museum in Kobarid, the Kozjak waterfall near Kobarid (which is famous for an underground chamber with a pool of emerald water), Tolmin Gorge near Tolmin , Boka and Virje Waterfalls near Bovec, Ossuary of Italian Soldiers in Kobarid, and Fort Kluze near Bovec. Click here to read more about natural and cultural attractions in the Bovec, Kobarid and Tolmin area.

To visit the Soca river from Apartments Fine Stay Gorenjska, we suggest you make a circle around the region and you have two options. You can go over the Vrsic Mountain Pass or you can go over the Predil Mountain Pass.
Option 1 over Vrsic pass: make a circle Apartments Fine Stay Gorenjska – Jesenice – Kranjska Gora – Vrsic pass – Trenta – Bovec – Kobarid – Tolmin – Most na Soci – Podbrdo – Sorica pass – Bohinjska Bistrica – Bled – Apartments Fine Stay Gorenjska. The circle is 200 kilometres drive. Driving will take you about 4 hours and 15 minutes.
Option 2 over Predil pass: make a circle Apartments Fine Stay Gorenjska – Jesenice – Kranjska Gora – Ratece/Fusine – Trbiz/Tarvisio (IT) – Predel/Predil – Bovec – Kobarid – Tolmin – Most na Soci – Podbrdo – Sorica pass – Bohinjska Bistrica – Bled – Apartments Fine Stay Gorenjska. The circle is 210 kilometres drive. Driving will take you about 4 hours and 20 minutes.

To visit the Soca river from Apartments Fine Stay Bled, we also suggest you make a circle around the region and you have two options. You can go over the Vrsic Mountain Pass or you can go over the Predil Mountain Pass.
Option 1 over Vrsic pass: make a circle Apartments Fine Stay Bled – Jesenice – Kranjska Gora – Vrsic pass – Trenta – Bovec – Kobarid – Tolmin – Most na Soci – Podbrdo – Sorica pass – Bohinjska Bistrica – Bled – Apartments Fine Stay Bled. The circle is 199 kilometres drive. Driving will take you about 4 hours and 5 minutes.
Option 2 over Predil pass: make a circle Apartments Fine Stay Bled – Jesenice – Kranjska Gora – Ratece/Fusine – Trbiz/Tarvisio (IT) – Predel/Predil – Bovec – Kobarid – Tolmin – Most na Soci – Podbrdo – Sorica pass – Bohinjska Bistrica – Bled – Apartments Fine Stay Bled. The circle is 202 kilometres drive. Driving will take you about 3 hours and 50 minutes.

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