Cave Kayaking Slovenia

A wonderful kayaking adventure on the underground lakes of subterranean Slovenia.

Duration
4 h
Difficulty
Easy
Trail Length
5 km
Elevation
-700 m

Highlights on Cross-Country Skiing Slovenia

  • Take a train ride deep into a flooded mine.
  • Kayak through a labyrinth of passages, excavation sites and stunning underground lakes.
  • Try an authentic miner’s lunch and learn all about life underground.* Closed on Sundays and Mondays until the 31st of March.

Description of Cave Kayaking

Slovenia is an incredible destination for an active getaway, packed with natural and manmade wonders. This one-of-a-kind adventure is a combination of both. It involves kayaking, but with an amazing twist!

The picturesque region of northern Slovenia called Koroška (Carinthia) is a mountainous land of astonishing natural splendour. But its beauty isn’t limited to the stunning countryside you can see. Koroška’s subterranean world is just as fascinating. Besides being home to a legendary king that sleeps under a mountain, the place is famous for its abundance of ore deposits and has a rich mining history. One such mine is located in Mežica. Ceasing its operations in 1994, the mine was gradually flooded, turning its excavation sites into magnificent underground lakes. And we’re taking you there not only to see this subterranean spectacle, but to paddle down its waterways.

Our adventure begins at the mine’s entrance, where you’ll board a genuine mining train which will take you down a 3.5 km tunnel deeper into the mine. Your journey then continues by descending 95 m to a flooded underground shaft. Once at the water’s edge, you’ll receive all the necessary protective equipment (neoprene boots, a life jacket and a mining helmet with a flashlight) and board a three-person kayak. Accompanied by a professional guide, you’ll set off to explore a labyrinth of submerged tunnels, excavation sites and wonderful underground lakes 700 m under the Earth’s surface. Following a narrow passage, you’ll paddle across a few minor rapids and arrive back at the starting point.

After your kayak ride, you’ll take a walk past abandoned underground working sites to the mining train station. You’ll learn about the history of the mine and enjoy an authentic miner’s lunch. Then you’ll hop on the train which will take you back to the mining museum and the light of day.

What is included in Cave Kayaking?

Neoprene boots
Life jacket
Helmet and head light
Snack
Professional guide
59 € per person

What to bring on Cave Kayaking?

Comfortable warm sport clothes
Sport shoes
Snacks
Water bottle
Extra layer

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I love kayaking, but this underground experience is something else.
Kiera Clark
This kayaking trip was probably the best activity I did in Slovenia. Good organization and so much fun.
Layla Turner
Let me tell you this was adrenalin pumping. Not much light, quite tight in there too and you have a solid pace. But sooooo much fun! Absolutely amazing!
George Day

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I go Cave Kayaking?

Our Cave Kayaking adventure is available 7 days a week, all-year-round. It lasts approximately 4 hours, with the recommended starting time between 08:00 and 12:00

What do I need to take with me?

As the mine has a constant temperature of 10 °C, visitors are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and walking or hiking shoes. The rest of the kayaking and safety equipment will be provided onsite.

Do I need any prior experience to go Cave Kayaking?

No. You’ll be accompanied by a professional guide who will lead you safely down the underground world. All you have to do is paddle and enjoy the ride.

Is it suitable for children?

Children older than 10 years old are welcome on the tour as long as they are accompanied by a parent.

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