Wooden bridge at Jezero Jasna Lake in Slovenia

Postcard perfect little Jezero Jasna Lake is a bit of a hidden gem but it’s “hiding” right there in plain sight! Crystal clear water produces a mirror-like surface that reflects the surrounding mountains and the effect is stunning! Jezero means lake in Slovenian, Jasna clear, an accurate description to be sure! You’ll find this perfect little lake located at the foot of the Julian Alps near Kranjska Gora, a small village in Slovenia. If you plan to be in the area you don’t want to miss this one!

crystal clear water at Jezero Jasna Lake in Slovenia reflect the surrounding mountains
**the crystal clear water at Jezero Jasna Lake in Slovenia reflects the surrounding mountains

Lake Jasna is actually two small interconnected artificial lakes that cover approximately 5 acres. The lake is so beautiful that it’s hard to believe that it’s an artificial lake! It’s quite the work of art! Bravo Slovenia, bravo!

Don’t miss Jezero Jasna Lake! (I almost did!)

We spent several days in the Triglav National Park and Bled areas. We had just completed the Vršič Pass scenic drive and were headed for Lake Bled when the most stunning emerald green lake came into view. We had a cram packed Slovenia itinerary and Jasna Lake wasn’t included. BOY was that a mistake! Needless to say, I immediately parked the car because I knew I had to make time in our day for this breathtaking lake. Don’t make the mistake of skipping this one!

Don’t miss Jezero Jasna Lake! Here’s everything you need to know!

Top things to do at Jezero Jasna Lake

(1) enjoy the walking path around the small lake

Visitors can either hike or bike the relatively flat path that circles Jasna Lake. It takes approximately 30-45 minutes to walk the idyllic path. You’ll find fanciful wooden bridges and boardwalks, mountain views, and sandy beaches on this circular walk. On a walking holiday? be sure to stop here at one of Slovenia’s most scenic spots!

an idyllic path surrounds Jezero Lake Jasna in Slovenia
circular walk around the lake: Jasna Challet Resort and restaurant in the distance
Wooden bridge at Jezero   Jasna Lake in Slovenia
charming wooden bridges and walkways

Be sure to stop for fun photo opportunities around the lake!

photo opportunities around Jezero Jasna Lake Slovenia
photo op between the new beach areas! (background: Razor and Prisank mountains)
wooden walking trail around Lake Jasna Slovenia
wooden walking trail around the lake

The entire walk is a photographers paradise. The mountain peaks and glass-like water afford visitors many different views as they circle the lake! breathtaking!

Jezero Jasna Lake like glass
the glass-like surface of Jasna

(2) climb the observation deck

The new three-tiered wooden diving platform, resembling a castle turret. Climb the 6-metre-high viewing platform / observation deck for the best views of the lake! Jump off the top if you dare. It may not be death defying heights but that water is COLD!

Climb the observation deck at Jezero Jasna Lake for the best views of the lake!
Climb up the tower for the best views of Jasna Lake.

(3) photograph Kozorog (capricorn) Zlatorog – Le Chamois Blanc Bronze statue

One of the most recognized scenes of Lake Jasna is the bronze statue of an Ibex on a natural rock. The statue was created between 1986 and 1988 by the sculptor Stojan Batič. An ibex or Alpine chamois is a species of goat-antelope which is native to mountains in Europe. Images of the mythical version of these creatures, the Zlatorog, literal translation Golden Horn, are quite common in the mountainous areas of Slovenia.

Kozorog (capricorn) Zlatorog - Le Chamois Blanc Bronze statue at   Jezero Jasna Lake Slovenia
**Kozorog (capricorn) Zlatorog – Le Chamois Blanc Bronze statue at Jezero Jasna Lake Slovenia
Le Chamois Blanc Bronze statue Jasna Lake Slovenia
Statue of Goldhorn: **Le Chamois Blanc Bronze statue

(4) relax at Lake Jasna

Take a break and let the cares of the world melt away! Stop and sit and take in the wonderful views of the Julian Alps that surround the lake. Bring a book to read and just relax for a time. Forgot to bring a book? NO PROBLEM! Just look for the little library box where you can borrow one!

relax on a park bench with beautiful surroundings at Jezero Jasna Lake in Slovenia
lakeshore relaxing! there are plenty of places to relax on a park bench with beautiful surroundings
wooden dock Jezero Jasna Lake Slovenia
or sit and dip your toes in the water from the wooden dock in this stunning Alpine Lake!

(5) enjoy summer activities

Jezero Jasna comes alive in the warmer months! Here are a few of the many family activities:

  • Swimming: yes, you are permitted to swim BUT Jasna is an Alpine Lake and Alpine lakes tend to be COLD! If it’s a bit too cold for your liking, you can still cool yourself on a hot day by dipping your toes in the water!
  • Cold treats at the ice cream parlour: Grab an ice cream or cold drink at one of the kiosks to cool yourself on a warm summer day.
  • Sunbathing: Sunbathing is a popular thing to do in summer for those who are looking to work on their summer tan.
  • Find a shady spot: Cool off under one of the many shaded areas among the trees surrounding the lake.
  • Snorkeling: Bring your snorkeling equipment and watch the fish swim in the crystal-clear waters!
  • Stand up Paddle Boards (SUP): Rent SUP boards across the lake at the Kasabrin Jezero Jasna cafe.
crystal clear water at Jezero Jasna Lake Slovenia
bring your snorkeling equipment if you can stand the cold of this crystal clear water!

(6) go fly fishing

Fly fishing is the only type of fishing permitted at Jezero Lake Jasna and at the source of the Sava Dolinka River. In the waters here you’ll find brown trout, rainbow trout, and goldfish. You are permitted to take home a maximum of 3 fish. FISHING LICENSE REQUIRED. Get further details and obtain a permit here.

(7) let the kids enjoy the playground

Let the children get their energy out at the playground next to the lake.

(8) join in on morning yoga on Jezero Jasna Lake

Wake up to the sounds of nature and boost your mental and spiritual awareness in this alpine paradise. Every Wednesday and Saturday at 7.30 am they offer yoga and meditation classes on the lake shore. Classes start at the end of June. Get details on the Kranjska-Gora website.

(9) nighttime is magical

The restaurant located on the lake is magically lit at night. Stop and take in the tranquil setting as you enjoy the lights glittering off of the water.

important details you need to know

Toilets / bathrooms

Public toilets can be found at various locations around the lake.

pets

Yes, well behaved pets are welcome.

entry fees

It is free to access the lake.

when to visit

Avoiding crowds

As you might guess, this lake can get a little crowded in Summer. The general rules of thumb for avoiding crowds at popular destinations apply:

  • Visit early morning or late in the day
  • Weekdays are often less crowded than weekends.
  • Travel in the shoulder or off season: Summer months are peak season / high season, spring and fall are considered shoulder seasons, and winter months are off season.

Weather:

High Altitude: Jezero Jasna Lake is at an elevation of approximately 2,723′ above sea level. The higher altitude means cooler temperatures. Here are the average temperatures that you can expect at Jasna Lake throughout the year, as well as the average rainfall by month:

Year round weather and temperatures at Jezero Jasna Lake Slovenia
Photo: Lake Jasna weather

Source: NOAA (for approximation purposes only)

Winter Wonderland: Don’t miss out on the beauty of winter, a magical time at Lake Jasna. It’s worth visiting when the beautiful lake is blanketed in snow. Stop at one of the restaurants for hot drinks or snuggle up in one of the glass igloos!

Jezero Jasna lake in winter
Photo opportunities! the lake covered in a blanket of snow in winter

Raining on your parade?

Don’t let it stop you! Gear up, grab an umbrella, and go dance in the rain! Jasna Lake is hauntingly pretty when an atmospheric mist hangs over the valley! (safety first! DON’T dance in the rain when there is a chance of lightning!)

Jezero Jasna Lake in the rain!
a romantic mist over Jasna Lake

webcam and video

Get a glimpse of the lake in this Youtube video!

visit Jezero Jasna Lake for breathtaking views!

webcam

Can’t make it to Jasna Lake just yet? Check out the Lake Jasna webcam!

Getting to Lake Jezero Jasna

closest airport:

Ljubljana International Airport: Lake Jasna from Ljubljana (70 km)

(The resort on Lake Jasna offers shuttle service from the airport.)

distance from:

  • Ljubljana 87 km
  • Bled 40 km
  • Lake Bohinj 70 km (with a Goldenhorn/ Statue of Zlatorog of it’s own!)
  • Villach Austria 25 km (just a 30 minute drive)

location

address: 4280 Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
GPS coordinates: 46.47441812359772, 13.783800398043509

Google Map image and link to interactive Google map of Jezero Jasna Lake Slovenia
link to interactive Google map of Jezero Jasna Lake Slovenia

parking

free parking: (the best spots are at no extra cost!)

I parked for free along the highway / main road that passes the lake. As you pass the lake you’ll see generously sized pull off spots. It’s fine to park here along the road. There may be a time limit so check for signs before you leave your car, otherwise there is paid parking at the following location:

paid parking at Parkirišče Jasna (parking lot Jasna)

  • address: Naselje Ivana Krivca 1, 4280 Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
  • prices: starting at 1,5 euros for the first hour. Every next hour 2,5 euros.
  • Must pay with either a (contactless) credit card or Easy Park parking app. (pay with credit card) The parking lot / car park is unattended.
  • Camping: RV camping is possible in this parking area with access to water, electricity and sanitary facilities with hot water. 24 euro per day

public Transportation:

Train: The nearest train station is in Jesenice. There are also railway stations in Tarvisio in Italy and in Villach in Austria. You can then take a taxi to Jasna or a bus to Kranjska Gora.

Bus: The bus stop in centre of Kranjska Gora is just down the street from the Mercator grocery store and is a 2 km walk to the lake.

Use the Rome2Rio app and website to seamlessly plan your route via public transportation.

where to stay

If you’re looking for food and accommodation you won’t have to go far. There are some choices right on the lake! (prices based on double occupancy)

stay right on the lake!

Jasna Chalet Resort and Apartments

Each unit comes with a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge, oven, dishwasher and dining table, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Paid airport shuttle from Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport) available Guest rating: 9.2 prices: starting at $310 per night

check rates and book now on Booking.com!

Jasna Chalet Resort and restaurant at Jezero Jasna Lake Slovenia
Jasna Chalet Resort and restaurant

Looking for something different? Here are some other stand out accommodations.

Within Walking Distance:

Hotel Kotnik

A cute fanciful building with an immaculate interior, you can’t go wrong with this one! Guest rating: 9.1 prices: starting at $130 per night distance from Lake Jasna: 1.6 km

check rates and book it now on booking.com!

Hotel Pino Alpino

Located next to the small church in Kranjska Gora, this is a real cozy option in a quiet area, with a restaurant with tasty food options! ask for a room with mountain views! guest rating: 9.2 prices: starting at $136 per night distance from the lake: 1.5 km

check rates and book it now on booking.com!

something out of the way but VERY Special

On the south side of Triglav National Park, near Most na Soči in the Soca Valley, is a very special rustic farmhouse B&B. It’s 97 km from Jasna Lake but if you plan to explore that area it is well worth the drive. You can read all about Klavze 28 here or if you prefer, just book it now!

Klavze 28 farmhouse Bed and Breakfast Most na Soci Slovenia
Klavze 28 farmhouse Bed and Breakfast Most na Soci Slovenia

If you have a car

Triangel Boutique Hotel

This beautiful little chalet has a mountain backdrop, spa services and 5 star dining options! Guest rating: 9.6 prices: starting at $186 per night distance from Lake Jasna: 6 km

check rates and book now on booking.com!

where to eat

Eat right on the lake! Here are the Lake Jasna restaurant options:

Alpine beach at Jasna Lake

Grab a seat right on the water or cozy up to the fireplace in the evening!

Alpine Bubbles winter restaurant

Eat at one of the transparent igloo bubbles where you can keep warm in winter but still enjoy the views!

Kasabrin Jezero Jasna (cafe)

on the far side of the lake, serves a variety of drinks and ice cream.

Is Jezero Lake Jasna worth it / worth seeing?

Is Lake Jasna worth visiting? In my opinion yes! overall score 10/10! Jezero Jasna lake is a must see with its crystal clear emerald green water and surrounding mountain landscape! I dare you to drive by without stopping. I have heard more than one person say that they thought Jasna was more beautiful than even lake Bled, and that’s saying A LOT! PLUS there are lots of things to see and do at this beautiful lake and THAT is why you don’t want to miss it!

Other things to do nearby

The Hydroelectric plant

This attraction is located along the Pišnica River and has a small waterfall that flows into a blue pool of water. Distance from free roadside parking: approx 450 meters

Suspension Bridge

Viseči most oziroma brv nad sotesko Pišnice ob osamelcu Baba pri jezeru Jasna v Kranjski gori. This suspension bridge has a two tiered waterfall. Distance from free roadside parking: approx. 400 meters

Scenic Gorges

There are two ridiculously scenic gorges in the area that you won’t want to miss:

  • Vintgar Gorge (35 km) 
  • Tolmin Gorge (88 km, on the other side of the park)

ski resort

The Vogel Ski Resort is a popular spot for winter sport enthusiasts, (70 km from Jasna)

Triglav National Park

Triglav National Park, Slovenia’s only National Park, boasts incredible views of the high mountain peaks of the Julian Alps which are part of the Slovenian Alps. The park circles Mount Triglav, Slovenia’s highest mountain. Triglav NP is a popular tourist destination that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and mountains. The park offers plenty of outdoor activities and perfect tourist photo opportunities.

Fun fact: It is said that to be a true Slovenian, you have to climb Mount Triglav at least once in your life. It is recommended that you are physically in good condition and hire a professional guide for this activity!

Vršič Pass

Lake Jasna is basically the entry point to the park, and as you enter you’ll soon find yourself at the starting point of one of the best things about the whole park, the crazy mountain pass known as Vrsic Pass. This mountain road has 50!!! Hairpin turns, each one more thrilling than the next! It’s one of the perfect places in Europe for a wild and crazy road trip!

The first stop is the Russian Chapel (Ruska kapelica) a great place to get out and stretch your legs. The chapel was built a long time ago by Russian war prisoners during World War I. (source: Wikipedia) In my opinion one of the best places to stop on the entire drive is hairpin #25 when you reach the very top! Moving too fast and missed a great view? No problem, there are plenty of places to park along the route! 

How much time does the Vrsic Pass take? The drive goes from Lake Jasna, just south of the town of Kranjska Gora, and ends at the mountain village of Trenta. (We stopped in the alpine village for a bite to eat.) It’s about an hour drive to complete the pass. (Double that if you plan to come back the same way) It takes a bit of time to fully appreciate this experience so give yourself enough time to fully explore the beautiful places in this gorgeous park. Some of the best things in the park to do to fill your free time include:

  • Pericnik waterfall: with its 52m drop it’s one of Slovenia’s highest waterfalls.
  • The Soča River: a milky shade of blue, it may just be the prettiest thing you’ll see! 
  • Ajdovska Deklica (the Heathen Maiden) is a popular legend in this traditional region of Slovenia. Her face stands out in the rock face of one of the mountains.  The best viewpoint is just beside the Poštarski dom mountain hut that is the last cottage on the Vršič.

The best time to visit Triglav National Park

The best time to visit is in summer when there is good weather and better access to fun activities like hiking, rafting, and kayaking. Winter is possibly the most picturesque time in the park and the surrounding area, however a lot of snow makes for treacherous driving and sometimes closed mountain passes.

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