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Dolina Soče – A Unique Valley With a Unique Emerald River

Video walk-through of the valley of natural wonders

Soča River / Photo: Leonardo Olmi / www.dolina-soce.com

Soča valley (Slovenian: Dolina Soče or Posočje) is a scenic alpine valley, which lies in the north-western corner of Slovenia and is no doubt one of the tourist highlights of Slovenia. Threading through it is the magically unique emerald or aquamarine Soča River. Due to its emerald-green water, the river is nicknamed “The Emerald Beauty.” It is one of the few rivers in the world that retain such color through the whole of its length. Its color is due to what is known as ‘rock flour’ or similar material – consisting of fine-grained, silt-sized particles of rock, generated by mechanical grinding of bedrock. When these sediments enter a river, they turn the river’s color grey, or iridescent blue-green. This suspended material distorts the wavelengths of light, reflecting back more of the green and blue end of the spectrum.

The valley is also famous for the Battles of the Isonzo (known as “Soška fronta). These were a series of 12 battles between the Austro-Hungarian and Italian armies in World War I. Now there are plenty of historical sights and locations relating to WWI. Despite such tragic history, the river has a special symbolic meaning for the local people. It represents a natural perfection to its many visitors.  In this article, we wil focus on natural wonders and activities. So enough of the talk and let’s start our video walk-through of the valley and meet the Soča valley through the official promo video:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQE_1m9m14U&w=854&h=480]

Soča and its affluents have many hidden natural wonders and secrets. Here are some of the special ones that deserve that we mention them.

Waterfall Kozjak is like out of dreams:
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfGBZ8UMg4k&w=854&h=480]

Amazing Tolminka river gorge:
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4V-d6aAqS8&w=854&h=480]

Napoleon’s bridge across the Nadiža River:
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXOytVobI2k&w=854&h=480]

Town Most na Soči and it’s surroundings:
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOx9507KMw4&w=854&h=480]

Mala korita of Soča river:
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1662LE5jWI&w=854&h=480]

Most people and tourist come here for the activities, which the valley offers. Rafting, hiking and skiing are just some of them and there are plenty other things to do, so picking just certain activities is a little difficult. Here are some of the highlights you shouldn’t miss.

Extreme canyoning in Soča river affluents:
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvufKcoeUQI&w=854&h=480]

Paragliding among the clouds over Soča river Valley:
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr7CtAtU2u8&w=854&h=480]

Fishing Soča’s unique trout species Salmo marmoratus (known as the marble trout):
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40Zl3nRKEjY&w=854&h=480]

Swimming at Velika korita in Soča river:
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrQlavPwriU&w=854&h=480]

Zipline in Bovec:
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfVs1mTRHLM&w=854&h=480]

Rafing:
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOWEyR2qJDs&w=854&h=480]

Skiing on the Kanin mountain:
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6k-dKxrjls&w=854&h=480]

Scuba diving in the Soča river and swimming alongside the unique marble trout:
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOjSPTkQVQk&w=854&h=480]

Kayaking:
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgjG5weYtjE&w=854&h=480]

And if you are brave enough, even this 🙂
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIk0XzAfbs0&w=854&h=480]

Activities are not limited to sports activities. As I previously mentioned, the Soča valley is a real paradise for adventurers of all kinds. Even for those in the mood for some culture or party. There are plenty of music festivals in the summer. You can find more info about the festivals and events on this page: www.soca-festivalley.com. Here we mention the most famous ones.

Metaldays:
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fcup6BOpIHU&w=854&h=480]

Overjam International Reggae Festival:
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxOmkQNwqSw&w=854&h=480]

Soča Outdoor Festival:
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FpIrmpPL-E&w=854&h=480]

It doesn’t matter if you enjoy activities, are addicted to adrenaline or simply need an outdoor vacation to enjoy some moments in nature –  everybody will enjoy the wonders of this enchanting valley!

Start packing and visit this magical valley!

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