Hike at Lake Bled

Updated: Jan 17, 2019

In an era where drones have become immensely popular in travel photography, it is increasingly common for landscape shots to be shot from a drone. Whilst the convenience of shooting from a drone cannot be beaten, the joy of shooting from a vantage point after hiking from bottom to top is irreplaceable.

Sunrise shot taken from viewpoint at Mala Osojnica

The sunrise shot above was taken at 5:20 a.m. from the viewpoint at Male Osojnica after hiking up a mountain for 670 meters (about 30 minutes) from Zaka, which is a bay at the west shore of Lake Bled. Since we stayed at Vila Bled, which was about 5 minutes by driving from Zaka, we woke up at 4:00 a.m. and left Vila Bled at about 4:30 a.m. Then, we parked at the parking lot near camping Zaka before any parking attendant was on duty. Once we had parked, we walked south from Zaka along the lake until we found an unmarked path into the forest where the steep, unpaved and unmarked ascent began.

“For those of you who barely wake up at 4 a.m. for a hike along a steep, unpaved and unmarked path to the top of a hill: The hike from Zaka to the viewpoint below the summit of Male Osojnica (which is above the west shore of Lake Bled) is remarkably rewarding and worth every drop of sweat.”

Once I was there I forgot about the fatigue. However, I could not resist the temptation to take in the scenery and soak up the gentle rays of the sun rising from behind the Julian Alps.

It should be added that whilst the ascent is not treacherous, it is recommended that you condition your legs to be in reasonably good shape and wear proper hiking footwear because the descent is very steep and slippery when wet!

This is the view from camping Zaka. It is brilliant for sun rise portraits.