“When I die, scatter my ashes here.” – That’s what I (Sabrina) said to Kati when we first saw Logar Valley (Logarska Dolina). Logar Valley is quite possibly the most gorgeous glacial valley in Europe. A single road leads into the alpine valley, drawing your gaze from the narrow road, to the traditional farmsteads, up to the treeline and finally to the glorious Kamnik-Savinja mountains. Last summer, we hiked across this mountain range. So, when we saw the Kamnik-Savinja Alps from the valley, we felt both pride and immense respect. You can read about our hut-to-hut hike across Kamnik-Savinja.
Logar Valley is a protected nature park. Upon entering, you must pay an entrance fee. The fee structure is as follows: motorcycle 5 EUR, car 7 EUR, van 8 EUR, and bus 30 EUR. If you enter Logarska Dolina on foot, or by bicycle, there’s no fee.
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How to Get to Logar Valley
Situated in the tiny and sparsely populated Solčavsko region in northern Slovenia, Logar Valley is isolated from the rest of the country. Public transit to the valley is neither straightforward nor regular, so you’ll need a rental car to access this remote corner of Slovenia. There are two main ways to get to Logar Valley.
Logar Valley via Austria and the Pavlič Pass
You can approach Logarska Dolina from Austria via Paulitsch Pass (Pavlič Pass). There’s a narrow mountain road in Austria that connects the Slovenian village Zgornje Jezersko with Logar Valley and the Solčavsko region. Only drive this way on days with excellent visibility. It’s the most scenic approach to Logar Valley because you’ll have constant views of the Kamnik-Savinja mountains.
Logar Valley via Kamnik
Or, more commonly, you can reach Logar from the town Kamnik (1-hour drive). If you’re driving from Ljubljana to Logar Valley directly, plan on 1.5 hours.
Use the Promet website for up-to-date traffic conditions. When we were visiting in May, there was quite a bit of road construction happening around the valleys of Solčavsko.
Where to Stay in Logar Valley: Lenar Farm
After arriving at Lenar Tourist Farm, you’ll never want to leave. It feels like home – or the country home you’ve always wanted (at least that’s how we felt). Centrally positioned in Logarska Dolina and surrounded by an apple orchard, Lenar Farm offers unbeatable views of the Kamnik-Savinja mountains and wide-open pastures. Whether you’re lounging in the meadow, looking out your apartment window, or eating breakfast, you’ll feel an indescribable sense of contentment.
Upon arrival, Ursa and her family warmly welcome guests with a smile and shot of homemade borovnica (blueberry) schnapps. They’ve been hosting guests for 6 generations. Ursa goes out of her way to make sure all your questions are answered. She gave us numerous tips on hiking trails in and around the valley. We never felt like we were taking too much of her time, or asking too many questions (a great feeling when you’re someone who asks a lot of questions). Rather we felt like the family genuinely wanted us to be there and enjoy our stay.
Breakfast is included in the room rate. You’ll be treated to a buffet of local and homemade goodies, including the regional specialty savinjski želodec DOP (protected designation of origin) and budjola. Don’t miss out on Ursa’s mother’s scrumptious berry cakes, strudels, and jams.
Lenar Tourist Farm can accommodate 20 people in six rooms and three apartments. In summer, there’s also an option to sleep in a hay barn. All rooms and apartments are lovingly decorated. In summer, guests have access to bikes and walking poles free of charge. In winter, you can borrow cross-country skis and snowshoes – also free of charge.
Check out all accommodation options in Logar Valley and the surrounding region.
Top Things to Do in Logar Valley and the Solčavsko Region
Before I get into what to see and do in Logar Valley, I want to urge you to stay here at least two nights (at least). While you can spend a lot of time exploring Logarska Dolina on your feet, you’ll definitely want to carve out time to relax at a farm (we recommend Lenar Farm) doing absolutely nothing but savoring the heavenly view whilst drinking homemade herbal tea, beer, or a blueberry schnapps.
- Hike to Koča na Klemenči jami
- Visit Rinka Waterfall
- Hike to Frischaufov dom na Okrešlju
- Walk the Themed trail through the Logar Valley
- Sunset Dinner at Penzion kmečka hiša Ojstrica
- Drive the Solčava panoramic road
- Visit Robanov Kot
- Farm-to-Table Dinner at Turistična kmetija Vršnik – Govc
- Try Solčavsko regional specialties
Hike to Koča na Klemenči jami
Klemenči jami Hiking Trail Summary
Trailhead: Dom Planincev (837 m)
Distance: 2.1 km one-way
Altitude Difference: 371 m
Time Needed: 1 hour 15 min one-way
When to Go: June – September
Koča na Klemenči jami pod Ojstrico is a mountain hut in the Kamnik-Savinja Alps situated at an altitude of 1208 meters. This is a great day hike from Logar Valley if you have limited time. It takes around 1 hour to hike from Dom planincev v Logarski dolini, located on the main valley road, to Klemenči jami. To start the hike, park your vehicle at Dom planincev. Next, cross the street. You’ll see a large sign with photos of Klemenči jami. Follow the flat gravel road. After about 5 minutes, you’ll reach an intersection marked by a signpost. The trail continues uphill, zigzagging through the forest for the next hour. Some parts of the trail are exposed, so you’ll see Logar Valley as you ascend.
Klemenči jami is a great place for lunch or refreshments. We heard that they make the best goulash in the area. Unfortunately, we can’t verify that claim, since we visited off-season (May). In May, the hut is only open during the weekends. However, starting in June, Klemenči jami is open daily until the end of September. With impressive mountain views and wildflowers carpeting the fields around the hut, it’s a very serene place. There are even wooden swings for kids next to the hut. In high season, Klemenči jami accommodates 35 overnight stays.
How to extend this hike:
- Strelovec. Strelovec is the long ridge that separates the valleys of Logar and Robanov Kot. You can hike from Klemenči jami to Strelovec ridge (1763 m) in 2 hours. We hear the view is phenomenal. From Strelovec, it’s possible to continue hiking all the way down to the neighboring valley Robanov Kot.
- Ojstrica. Ambitious hikers with alpine experience can hike from Klemenči jami to Ojstrica (2350 m). The signpost indicated that this takes 3 hours from the hut.
Slap Rinka is a 90-meter waterfall in Logar Valley. To reach the waterfall, drive the length of the valley. At the end of the road, there’s a parking lot. From here, it’s an easy 10-minute walk to the waterfall. Facing the waterfall, you’ll find a treehouse-like hut called Orlovo Gnezdo. You can enjoy the view of the waterfall from here.
Hike to Frischaufov dom na Okrešlju
Frischaufov dom na Okrešlju Hiking Trail Summary
Trailhead: Parking Lot at the end of the Logar Valley Road (Rinka Waterfall)
Distance: 1.6 km one-way
Altitude Difference: 370 m
Time Needed: 1 hr 15 min one-way
When to Go: May – September (October)
Frischaufov dom na Okrešlju (1396 m) is another mountain hut in the Kamnik-Savinja Alps that’s accessible from Logar Valley. The trail starts at the parking lot at the very end of the Logar Valley road – also the trailhead to Slap Rinka. From the parking lot, it’s an easy 10-minute walk to the waterfall. From Rinka, the trail ascends steeply along the Savinja river. The path is well-marked and secured with wooden ladders and ropes. Though only 1.6 km in length (1 hour), there’s a lot of variation in this Logar Valley hiking trail. Some of it is exposed, while other parts are forested. The trail plateaus at the glacial cirque Okrešlju, only a few meters away from Frischaufov dom na Okrešlju. The views from the hut are so fantastic, you might wonder if you only ascended 370 meters. Frischaufov dom offers food and refreshments.
How to extend this hike:
- Kamniška koča na Kamniškem sedlu is the mountain hut on the Kamnik saddle. From Frischaufov dom, it should take 1.5 hours to reach the saddle. This is a difficult route. There are easier ways to get to Kamniška koča na Kamniškem sedlu, including the one we wrote about in our Best Hikes in Slovenia post.
- Highly experienced hikers with the proper equipment can continue to Turska Gora in 2.5 hours, or Skuta in 4 hours. I’d add another hour to these estimates since Slovenians hike lighting-fast.
Walk the Themed Trail through Logar Valley Nature Park
There’s a 7 km ethnographic path that runs the length of Logarska Dolina. It takes 2.5 – 3 hours to walk the entire trail one-way, however, you can choose to walk a shorter segment. The trail begins 1 km from the entrance to the valley. So, if you’re entering Logar on foot, you’ll walk along the main paved road for 15 minutes, before turning right onto the trail. Look for the Pot po Logarski dolini sign. The path passes through the Fairy Tale Forest and ends at Rinka Waterfall.
Sunset Dinner at Penzion kmečka hiša Ojstrica
Penzion kmečka hiša Ojstrica is restaurant and guesthouse in Logar Valley, across the road from Lenar Farm. Positioned in the middle of the valley and surrounded by meadows, Penzion kmečka hiša Ojstrica boasts some of the finest views of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. We watched the sunset from their outdoor terrace while enjoying a three-course dinner (12 EUR per person). Their mushroom soup was excellent!
Drive the Solčava Panoramic Road
The Solčava Panoramic Road is a 21km route that delivers magical views of high-altitude farms, Logar Valley, the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. It starts in the town Solčava and ends at the entrance to Logarska Dolina. As you follow the route, you will see numbered information boards describing the scenes in front of you. There are 12 total stops. Many of the notable stops are tourist farms that serve regional cuisine. Our favorite viewpoints along the Solčava Panoramic Road were Holy Spirit Church and Strevc Tourist Farm (Stop #5), The Lookout Point and Klemenšek Tourist Farm (Stop #7), and Pastirkovo Lookout Point (Stop #8).
Road Construction along Solčava Panoramic Road:
When we visited, it wasn’t possible to drive the segment from Solčava to Podolševa (RT-926). Check Promet website for up-to-date road conditions. So, we started the Solčava Panoramic Road from Logar Valley. Because of the road construction, we simply returned the same way we came.
Visit Robanov Kot
Robanov Kot is a glacial valley neighboring Logarska Dolina. It takes its name from the farmstead Roban, which has been in operation for 800 years. Unlike Logar Valley, there isn’t a long road leading deep into the valley; only the entrance to the valley is populated. The best way to experience Robanov Kot is by walking or mountain biking. When you enter the valley, you can either park by Turistična kmetija Vršnik – Govc, or continue another 400 meters to a final parking area at Kmetija Roban (Roban Farm). It appears that you can continue driving straight, but the road is private (see map below for clarification). From the final parking area, you can hike 3.3 km to Robanova planina (900 m) and the Roban dairy farm, which is open in July and August. Other options include hiking to Logar Valley via Strelovec ridge.
To reach Robanov Kot from Logar Valley, drive in the direction of Solčava village. After passing the village, look for a signed right turn. The drive is about 8 km and takes 10 minutes.
Farm-to-Table Dinner at Turistična kmetija Vršnik – Govc
For us, hiking and food go hand-in-hand. So, if you want the ultimate reward for all your active pursuits, head directly to Tourist Farm Vršnik – Govc for lunch, or dinner. Reservations are recommended. For dinner, we were treated to an extraordinary feast, starting with plates of homemade cured meats and mushroom soup. There was no dinner menu. We were simply served a fresh homemade multi-course meal, whereby all the ingredients were sourced directly from their farm. The main course, presented on a single large serving tray, contained chicken, pork, beef, cranberry sauce, cooked carrots and cabbage, potatoes, štruklji (rolled dough with cottage cheese) and žlikrofi (boiled dumplings). Dessert was apfelstrudel. Warning: you might overeat.
Try Solčavsko regional specialties
The Solčavsko regional is known for organic, fresh locally grown (or raised) ingredients. A few things to try are sirnek (aged cheese), Zgornjesavinski želodec (Upper-Savinja salami), and žlinkrofi (boiled dumplings). The best place to try these specialties is directly at the tourist farms. You can purchase other regional products, like honey, herbal tea, and various compotes, at the Rinka Center gift shop in the village of Solčava.
We had an opportunity to drink Bevsek Osep Farm’s organic mountain tea. All herbs are handpicked from the surrounding mountains. In their heart-warming “Alpski Družinski čaj” tea blend, there’s wild marjoram, wild calendula, dandelion leaves, elderflower, wild thyme and more.
Bevsek Osep is located in Robanov Kot, but it’s accessible from the main road. The farmstead – dating back to the 15th century – is made-up of an old mill, which was in operation until the 1960s, a large barn adorned with mid-19th-century frescoes, and a number of newer buildings. You can drop by the farm to purchase some homemade herbal tea and other homemade products.
Like most farms in the region, Bevsek Osep is run and managed by several generations. Mojca, a member of the Bevsek Osep family farm, is in the process of creating workshops for small groups about self-sufficient farming, homemade teas and syrups, and regional history.
Logar Valley Map
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