Soca rafting Slovenia – fun rafting with Eurorafting
You remember when a few weeks ago I wrote about crazy canyoning experience in Slovenia? That was what we did on the first day of our trip to Bovec with Eurorafting. But because what Eurorafting focuses the most on is obviously rafting, that’s exactly what we did on the second morning. Soca rafting Slovenia is a very popular activity while observing the beauty of the Julian Alps.
The Soca river (Soča in Slovenian/Slovene language) is widely known not only for its turquoise color that looks like from a photoshopped catalogue, but also for offering one of the best rafting experiences in Europe, if not the best.
The cradle for all these adventure sports is town Bovec and its surrounding settlement of Čezsoča. Čezsoča, situated on the left bank of the Soča river, is where we were also staying overnight at apartments.
Soca rafting Slovenia
I have to say that the night before rafting was lovely. We were chatting in the garden while other guys grilled something for dinner. I was tired and wanted to go to bed early but in the end we stayed there watching stars, listening to the wedding music coming from the nearby restaurant and talking about life with a new friend. We even heard something like a small earthquake. Do you think it’s possible?
Then I was so exhausted and cold that out of the 5 hours in bed I might have slept just 2. I think you can imagine what a rough morning it was then…
We were meeting with the whole group at 9 am to get helmets, wetsuits, boots and life jackets. Rafting started right there below the parking lot. Our huge group got divided into 3 rafts and each group then carried their raft towards the river. First, we got all the necessary instructions… what to do, what not to do, what all commands mean.
I kind of knew what to expect from rafting as I did rafting once before in Costa Rica. The difference was that compared to the warm Costan Rican Pacuare river, the 138-km long Alpine river Soča is very cold. Which is why we were advised to refresh in the river before jumping on the raft. It’s less of a shock then to get splashed when rafting after you’d got all wet.
I was on the raft with my blogger friend Milan who also took all the photos in the article. We met the other 4 guys who got on the raft with us just there. I was super happy for our rafting guide Michal who was not only cute, but managed to handle crazy guys on the raft with a smile on his face.
The first part of rafting was mostly easy so we could get used to paddle at the same time and pace. At least we tried 😀
However, when we didn’t pay enough attention and were talking about the sexiness of female feet at some point, and we ended up on a rock and almost flipped the raft over. Thankfully, just almost because for a second I got so afraid! I already saw the worst scenario of the whole raft with 6 guys flipping over on me. Just the quick idea of that was scary!
After that tricky situation we all focused more on rafting instead of talking about what guys like about women 😀
We also had 3 breaks. The first break was by a rock which we could slide down on the raft.
During the second break we all had to get out of the rafts and show we can really swim. That was not so easy in the rough river. Later we continued rafting. It’s when all the fun started as the rapids got bigger. At first, I was the only one screaming when going through the rapids but then the guys joined me. To me, it’s more fun when I release the adrenaline screaming.
The third break was by a big rock. Those who wanted, could climb the rock and jump down. As I am still scared of both heights and deep rough water, I didn’t want to try my luck and force myself too much. Rafting and canyoning on the previous day were already far out of my comfort zone.
The second half of rafting was way more fun thanks to bigger rapids. I believe most of them were of class III while those I remembered from Costa Rica were of class IV which means more difficult. The whole rafting took us approximately 3 hours. Once done, we brought the rafts up to the parking lot, changed into dry clothes and got to our cars. I will remember for very long that hilarious situation when getting undressed to bikini at the parking lot when the guys were full of funny comments 🙂
After rafting, we shared our last lunch together with the whole group and then split our ways apart to go back to Slovakia.
TIP: read also about our canyoning in Slovenia we did the day before rafting.
I have to say I was very happy with the amazing weather we got while there. The sun was shining, our instructors were friendly and everything was simply perfect.
If you are into adventure sports, I can highly recommend you to go rafting. The Soca river offers one of the best whitewater rafting in Europe. And if you are from Slovakia, you might go on a rafting trip to Slovenia with Eurorafting who will take care of everything.