Jezersko is a valley in the northern part of Slovenia at the confluence of the Karavanke and the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. It's idyllic countryside, with Zgornje Jezersko in the centre. Here you will find the picturesque Lake Plansar or Lake Jezersko (Planšarsko jezero), which is surrounded by high peaks of the Alps.
From spring to autumn, the countryside is buzzing with tourists coming here to relax. The area is especially popular for hiking, mountaineering, and cycling.
According to a statement from the Slovenian Tourist Board, most of the positive feedback is due to the well-maintained tourist and cycling routes in Jezersko. Most families travel here with children to relax and they are followed by couples who come to the region to hike.
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Map - Where is Jezersko?
The valley is located in the remote Kokra Valley in the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, south of the Seeberg Saddle Gorge and the Austrian state of Carinthia. The nearest Slovenian town is Kranj, while the most important town in the valley is Zgornje Jezersko.
- Address: 4206 Zgornje Jezersko, Slovenia
Jezersko once belonged to the historical region of Carinthia, but since 2005 it has been part of the statistical region of Upper Carniola. The valley is home to about 700 inhabitants.
- Distance from Kranj: 0.5 hours / 30 km
- Distance from Bled: 1 hour / 54 km
- Distance from Ljubljana: 1 hour / 52 km
Lake Jezersko - Plansar
The name Jezersko means lake. It got its name from the fact that the valley was covered by a huge glacier lake in the 14th century, which later disappeared due to an earthquake - but the name remained (it was called German Seeland). By the middle of the 19th century, there was no water at all.
Nevertheless, the name Jezersko would probably have worn out without at least one lake. Lake Plansar or Lake Planšarsko is located in Zgornje Jezersko and was artificially created by the locals to commemorate the aforementioned icy lake.
About 50 years ago, a group of locals created the artificial blue-green lake.
Several factors contribute to the uniqueness of the lake. The color and the sight of the surrounding mountains are already fabulous in themselves, but what is less striking at first is that it is the shape of a heart. Thus, the lake became a symbol of Jezersko and a very popular destination throughout Slovenia.
Attractions in the area
The varied hikes in the Jezersko Valley include light hikes, medium hikes and heavier, strenuous peak attacks.
#1 Cedca Falls (Slapa Čedca)
Until 2008, Slovenia's highest waterfall, the 132-meter-high Čedca Falls, was buzzing here. Unfortunately, the waterfall reshaped the rock wall, and the waterfall simply disappeared from the view. There was only a trickle of 20 to 30 meters of water left.
Locals believe there is a valuable treasure hidden somewhere behind the former waterfall (on the rock now visible).
There is no hiking trail to the waterfall - as it is not considered safe. Instead, it is worth going to the nearby Mali vrh, from where we can see the former location of the waterfall.
#2 Ankova Falls (Slapovica Ankova)
The lack of Cedca Falls can be made up with the local Ankova Falls. The waterfall, which consists of two waterfalls, is located at an altitude of 1,240 meters in a forest.
It is worth parking at St. Andrew's Church or in the center of the village.
The hike is easy, 40 minutes from the parking lot, approx. 1 hour one way.
- Address: Ankova slapova, Unnamed Road, 4206, Zgornje Jezersko, Slovenia
#3 Jezernica creek
The Jezernica stream originates from the Ravenska Kočna ice valley and is located near the Ancel farmhouse.
The river travels about two kilometers before flowing into the artificial Lake Planšarsko. From here it continues to flow in the Jezersko Valley and flows into the larger Kokra River at the village of Spodnje Jezersko.
#4 Grintovec hike (2,558 m)
You can make the climb to the highest peak of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, the 2,558-meter-high Grintovec peak. The hike is moderately difficult and there is a tourist lodge on the Kokrsko pass.
- Name: Mountain Hut Cojzova koča na Kokrskem sedlu
- Address: Kokra 844205 Preddvor
- Tel: 386 51 635 549
- Email: email@example.com
- Capacity: 17 rooms with 105 beds; common bed with 30 beds; winter room with 12 beds
The second highest peak in the area is Jezerska Kočna (2,540m).
#5 Češka koča - Czech tourist house
The mountains of the area were started to be explored by a group of Czech climbers who even built a small tourist house in 1900. This is the Ceska sow, ie the Czech tourist house.
The hike from the valley to the Češka koča tourist house is 600 meters high, making it an excellent day trip. From here, there are plenty of hiking trails - and of course a climbing road. It offers wonderful views of the surrounding peaks and back to the valley.
- Address: Ceska koca, 4206 Zgornje Jezersko, Slovenia
- Season: June - Aug
#6 Skuta Glacier (2,020 m)
Another unique experience is that you can see one of the two remaining glaciers in Slovenia, the so-called Skuta Glacier.
On the Slovenian side of the Alps, below the Skuta Mountain, lies the southeasternmost glacier in the Alps. It was 2.8 hectares in 1950 and 1.6 hectares in 2013.
Skuta is also one of the lowest glaciers in the Alps at 2,120 meters at the highest point. The glacier is 15 minutes from the mountain hut Kranjski koča na Ledinah.
- Altitude: between 2,020 and 2,120 meters
- Area: 1.6 hectares
- Thickness: between 7 and 12 meters
- Volume: 80,000 m3