Rafting in Slovenia on the Soca River in Bovec

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The Soča River- The Emerald Beauty

Soca River in Bovec

The Soča River, characterized by its vibrant emerald-colored water, flows through western Slovenia and into northeastern Italy. It becomes known as the Isonzo River in Italy, where it terminates at the Adriatic Sea close to the town of Monfalcone. The source of this 86-mile (138 km) alpine river, often called ‘The Emerald Beauty’, lies in the Trenta Valley in the Julian Alps. We got our first peek at this natural beauty following a very curvy drive through the Alps on the Vršič Pass. Sure, this river is gorgeous to look at, but the best way to experience the Soča River is to go whitewater rafting in Slovenia!

Soca River in Kobarid

Behold, The Beauty of Bovec

The Soča River Valley is a place for nature lovers and adrenaline junkies. The popular activity hubs of Bovec and Kobarid attract visitors from all over Europe and beyond who are looking for adventure in the Alps!

Soca River in Kobarid

Activities such as kayaking, whitewater rafting, canyoning, hydrospeeding, and paragliding are most popular in this region. We’ve been whitewater rafting a few times back in the States and couldn’t wait to take a trip down the refreshing Soča River!

Soca River in Kobarid

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Though it was an extremely hot August day when we went rafting in Slovenia, the water temperature was frigid! The water of the Soča is quite chilly even during the summer months, at less than 60 degrees F (15 degrees C). Thank goodness we were provided with wet-suits! Because it was so hot, we all opted for sleeveless wet-suits, which turned out to be a very good idea.

Rafting in Slovenia

Adventure in Bovec

We booked with Fröccs in Bovec for a 3-hour rafting adventure! The adventure on the river was only about an hour and a half, as some of the time was spent suiting up, driving to and from the river, and getting our rafting safety briefing and instructions. That whole process was a little long, probably just because it was so stinkin’ hot out, so we were grateful to finally get in the frigid waters of the river!

Whitewater Rafting in Bovec Slovenia

The water levels were a little low due to lack of recent rainfall, but we still had a crazy good time with several class-two and -three rapids throughout the course of our river adventure!

Rafting the Soca River

Our guide did an excellent job navigating the rocks and the rapids, giving us precise paddling instructions to keep us safe and upright! There were many other boats on our tour, including several kayaks with brave individuals willing to navigate the rapids on their own. Honestly, some were in a little over their heads, figuratively and literally.

Rafting in Bovec

With smiles plastered to our faces the entire trip down the river, we can definitely say we had an excellent time! There were a few opportunities for swimming in the calmer sections of the frigid waters, which we all took advantage of. Sam even thought it would be a good idea to jump off an enormous rock, which required climbing metal foot-holds bolted into the side of the massive boulder.

Jumping of rock into Soca River

Our goofy guide, the refreshing water, and the surrounding breathtaking scenery provided us with fun memories we won’t soon forget! We strongly recommend you put rafting in Slovenia on your itinerary for your next visit to western Slovenia.

Rafting in Bovec

We’d like to thank Fröccs for providing us with a complimentary rafting trip in exchange for us sharing our experiences with you. All copyright photos are compliments of Fröccs. Book your next adventure with them and they’ll provide you with a link to purchase affordable memorable photos from your trip. They also offer canyoning, ziplining, tubing, and hydropspeeding. Fröccs is conveniently located in near the Tourist Information Center in the heart of Bovec

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  1. Wow…. photographs are awesome. And you really inspired me to be there, the place is awesome.
    I have done Water Rafting in Ganges in india and loved every bit of it.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks! Photo credit mostly goes to the rafting company, as they provide a link for guests to purchase awesome photos from their rafting adventure. I think pictures make some of the best souvenirs! 🙂

  2. Anne Klien ( MeAnne)

    Wow that water looks so inviting. Oh those stunning views! Such a great adventure. I’d love to try white water rafting!

  3. What a nice adventure!
    I did rafting just once and loved it. No doubt Soča River is the perfect place for doing it. Beautiful place and stunning nature!
    All the best,

  4. This is so awesome you guys! My husband and I are always looking for an adrenaline rush, and we will be spending a month in Italy soon! Thank you for opening my eyes to this exciting experience 🙂

  5. That water looks so beautiful and inviting! Shame it’s so cold! What a fun adventure though! We’d love to visit Slovenia someday!

    • It was so hot, the cold water felt amazing!! Otherwise, you’d never catch me in water that cold! So much fun though, I imagine you’d very quickly forget about the cold water and just enjoy the adventure!

  6. What a great looking river! The color of the water is beautiful. White Water Rafting is one of those things that give a great adrenaline rush! And with wonderful scenery its even better.

  7. It looks like a great activity to do in Slovenia. Although I haven’t done rafting before and after seeing your photos it is something I would love to try! The route looks scenic and it sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Great adventure! Rafting looks like a lot of fun. I must admit that The Soča River is really beautiful with its emerald hue. Nice!

  9. Just went white water rafting in Ubud, Bali…but the water was no where near this! How stunning it must have been! Can’t get over how clear and vibrant it looks!

  10. I can’t believe the water was only 60 degrees! That’s crazy! I’m such a sissy when it comes to cold water, I don’t know if I’d be able to hang! It’s a beautiful place though ^_^

  11. Dear Toccara and Sam,
    rafting on Soca river is one of the highlights in Soca valley beside its outstanding cuisine (krafi, kobarid dumplings, compe, craft beer, etc.). Come again one day and eat your way through Soca valley gourmet tour. Keep on traveling. Vesna

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