Above a peaceful village named Bohinjska Bela, not far away from Lake Bled, there is a cliff popular among rock climbers.
Iglica Cliff with a waterfall ‒ that you can see from the road Bled-Bohinj ‒ offers a beautiful view of Bohinjska Bela and the surroundings.
But before enjoying the view, you will have to climb some really steep steps that will make your adrenaline rush!
The village of Bohinjska Bela
Below the cliff that one can see from afar lies a village of Bohinjska Bela that is mainly known for fishing and climbing.
Many villagers still lead a rural life and almost every house has a beautiful garden. You will notice that while walking through the village.
Since the village of Bohinjska Bela lies on the bank of Sava Bohinjka River, it has a long tradition of fishing. In August, the local community organises a festival of fish dishes.
Bohinjska Bela attracts climbers all year round. And the reason for that is Iglica Cliff with numerous climbing routes. You might see someone climb when exploring the cliff.
The cliff for climbers and birds
We arrived in Bohinjska Bela on a sunny Saturday in June and many locals were busy with drying hay. From the parking area near the church we walked around 10 minutes until we reached the last house in the village. From there we could already hear Iglica Waterfall.
The waterfall that is 24 metres (79 ft) high and often goes dry during summer was hiding between the steep walls.
Standing below the cliff, we also saw some birds that nest there. There were no climbers though, but we saw a notice placed on the cliff for them, reminding them not to disturb birds (such as ravens and owls) while climbing.
Near the waterfall we noticed some steep steps. If we wanted to enjoy the view from the top of the cliff – that was the main reason why we came – we had to get over the initial fear quickly and start climbing.
View from Iglica Cliff
Climbing the steps placed between the rocks did not take much time but it for sure triggered an adrenaline rush.
Many years ago, inhabitants of the tiny village that sits on the top of the cliff, Slamniki, took the same “shortcut” on their way to the village of Bohinjska Bela. Except that there were no steel steps at the time.
From the top of the cliff ‒ that locals call “rocks” or just “Iglica” [pronounced “Eegleetza”] we admired the view. We could see Bohinjska Bela from above and its neighbouring village Kupljenik that lies on the foot of Jelovica Plateau.
There are two viewpoints with wooden seats on the top. We sat down for a while, embracing the beauty of the landscape on the banks of Sava Bohinjka River that springs in the heart of Triglav National Park.
During this short, but quite adventurous hike we enjoyed the tranquillity of Bohinjska Bela, explored Iglica Cliff that rises above the upper part of the village and relished the view. If you like to go off the beaten path, Iglica Cliff is a good option.
- PRACTICAL INFORMATION -
LOCATION: lglica Cliff rises above Bohinjska Bela, a village that is located around 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) from Lake Bled.
Iglica Cliff & Waterfall
REACHING THE STARTING POINT: You can reach the village of Bohinjska Bela on foot (takes one hour from Bled), by bike, bus, shuttle bus or car.
SHUTTLE BUS: From end of June until mid-September, you can take a shuttle bus to get to various natural and cultural attractions in Bled and nearby villages. The bus stops at various locations in Bled and costs 1 EUR. You can download the shuttle bus timetable here.
To reach Bohinjska Bela, you need to get on a green line bus. Get off the bus stop called “Bohinjska Bela”. The shuttle bus runs every day.
CAR: If you come to Bohinjska Bela by car, you can leave it at the parking area near the Parish Church of St. Margaret. From there you will need to walk towards “Upper Village”, the upper part of Bohinjska Bela.
HIKING ROUTE: We walked through the village, following the signposts saying “Iglica”. It takes around 10 minutes to get below Iglica Cliff that lies just above the upper part of the village.
From there we could see Iglica Waterfall and the climbing areas. To get to the top of the cliff, we climbed three pairs of steep steps that are placed between the steep walls of the cliff.
The difference in altitude was 50 metres (164 ft). Because of the steep stairs, I would recommend you to wear trekking shoes.
THE ROUTE TO IGLICA CLIFF IN PICTURES
NEARBY HILLS: From the village of Bohinjska Bela, you can go on a much longer hike (2 hours and a half for one way) than this one, that is to Galetovec. It is a peak on the edge of Pokljuka Plateau from where you can see Lake Bled.
GEOCACHING: One cache is hidden in the forest near Iglica Waterfall.
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