The final competition ending ski jumping World Cup cycle in Planica is quite iconic event. A lot of supporters from different countries visit it regularly. Besides sport emotions and long jumps it’s a positive atmosphere, fun and beautiful views that attract. It’s Slovenia after all, ‘the only country that has love in the name’, as it’s advertised by Slovenian tourist organization. One thing is sure, it’s tough not to fall in love with Slovenia in at least small bit.
Kranjska Gora is cute town, with good infrastructure and restaurants with local food. It’s the most developed ski center in the country (20 kilometres of runs). Its south part reaches National park Triglav. Thanks to the marvellous views to the Alps peaks, forests, waterfalls, streams this place is eagerly visited throughout the whole year.
From the town center, with just 20 minutes walk, you can get to Jasna lake. It’s two connected artificial lakes created in confluence of Mala and Velika Pisnica streams. The lake is guarded by Zlatorog – a figure of immortal white capricorn with gold angles. The animal was the character of the famous Slovenian legend and is the symbol of the Julian Alps.
What else is worth to see in surrounding area? Here are a few ideas for not far trips.
- Waterfalls: Peričnik- the highest from all Slovenian ones, Črne Vode (Black Waters) – disappearing waterfall and Martuljek- upper and lower, are called the pearl of the Alps
- Reserve Zelenci- close to Podkoren village, it is a small lake with emerald water, bridges, interesting flora and fauna
- Museums, for example Liznjek house in the center or Slovenian Alpine Museum in Monstrana
- Wooden Russian chapel
Few advices for those who haven’t been and would like to go
Arena- Planica Nordic Center
It is the only complex in the world that consists of hills in all sizes (8 together) and cross-country tracks. It dates back to year 1926, 10 years later hill was renovated and first records beaten. In 2015 center went through the reconstruction, when lighting was added and cross-country tracks built.
It takes place always at the weekend around 20th of March. This year (2019) it was between 21-24 March.
The schedule of the competition is usually similar:
Thursday qualification time. Friday early afternoon (around 3 p.m.) the individual competition takes places. On Saturday, team competition is held and on Sunday, the second individual competition plus ceremony of season prices. Both competitions start at around… 10 a.m.
The prices of one-day tickets (from this year, although level of price from past years was kept):
The standing places cost 23 euro in presale until 5th of March and 29 euro thereafter until the competition. Tickets on the tribunes range between 45-75 euro.
Edit 2020! This year’s competition will be right away Ski Flying World Championships. Due to this, there were few changes. Individual competition will take place on Friday and Saturday at 14:30. Team competition will take place on Sunday at 10:15. Tickets cost 26 euro in presale and 33 euro just before the competition (for every day separately). Sale, and all additional info available here.
The best way to get to the hill is by free bus that have few stops in Kranjska and few villages on the way. There are really many buses, you should just be a bit patient on the way back and wait a bit in line and in traffic.
First and most important- remember to make travel arrangements the earliest possible.
It’s even not about buying tickets for the competition, there is enough space and one always will be available at place. But accommodation is just problematic and often already in December only the more expensive hotels are left. Or places in Italy or Austria.
Of course distances are really small and if you go by car it’s not an issue. If you however go by public transport you would rather prefer to stay in Kranjska Gora town itself. It’s the center of events, shops, restaurants, cafes. From here you can get a bus to the capital and other bigger towns as well as the free bus to the hill.
Therefore it’s best to search for accommodation (which will be mostly private rooms and flats) in moths when about snow we don’t even start thinkingJ Standard portals like booking and local portals such as https://www.kranjska-gora.si/en/accommodation should provide enough options.
It’s also worth to be prepared that these few March days are at the peak of high touristic season and prices will just reflect it.
Ok, but what to do if right now it’s February or beginning of March and you only thought about this trip now? Go, of course;) It will be probably a bit more expensive and searching will be more time consuming, but you will find something. Maybe in other villages like Ratece, where bus stops (and in which in Thursday evening opening ceremony takes place) or somewhere further where it is also beautiful and to where buses still reach. You could also (as exception, of course;) attend a fully organized trip from a travel agency.
How to get
Apart from car or organised bus (friendlier option for south regions citizens)
There are no low cost airlines connections from Poland to Slovenia. From Warsaw to Ljubljana there is daily Lot company flight (around 600-800 PLN return).
Another option is to fly via London. A bit around, but at least it’s possible from all regional airports, and can be sometimes more comfortable than travelling through half Poland… From London to Ljubljana both Wizzair and Easyjet fly and together it may end up being quite reasonable price. Option checkedJ
From the Ljubljana Joze Pucnik airport to Kranjska Gora it is easy to get by bus. The best is to right away get into the bus to Kranj (20-30 minutes) and there at the bus station change to bus going from Ljubljana to Kranjska Gora (from Kranj it will take around 90 minutes). No point to go from airport to Ljubljana- unless you have more time and just want to visit it (worth!).
Alternative airports are Klagenfurt (not really option from Poland) or Venice, for which the transfer can take around 2-4 hours.
You can also fly to Vienna (from Poland, take Wizzair from Gdańsk or Warsaw). From Vienna you can take the train and switch to the bus from Jesenice (as the train to Kranjska does not arrive). Train+bus part of trip would take you around 6 hours.
To Vienna you can of course go by train or bus.
Such trip is super idea for quick battery charging for winter end and beginning of spring. It is worth small organizational effort. Honestly recommended, checked 🙂