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Karstic Weekend ’23
3 August from 13:00 to 6 August from 17:00 Europe/Ljubljana
An event by EGEA Ljubljana organized in the heart of the Slovene karstic region surrounded by the forested Dinaric mountains. Participants will discover this unique area of Slovene geography and all of its characteristics, from caves, poljes, dolines, its history, settlement, bears, forests and everything inbetween with the help of karst researchers and experts in the field.
Applications have closed but keep a close eye on our Instagram page for any updates and possible last minute spots!
The event will take place in the village of Nova Štifta, 10 min away from the town of Ribnica located about an hour south of Ljubljana by train. The area is famous for its centuries old woodenware tradition and, of course, for its karstic plateaus, poljes, dolines, rivers and forests, which hide populations of all three of the large carnivores living in Slovenia – wolves, bears and lynx! Participants will be staying in a monastery right next to one of the most important pilgrimage churches of the area, perched on a little hill overlooking the karstic Ribnica polje and on the edge of the forested Dinaric mountains. The event will start in Ribnica, which can easily be reached by train and bus from Ljubljana; the rest of the transport until our goodbyes in Ribnica on Sunday will be taken care off by us and is already included in the participation fee!
We will work together with institutions and societies connected to karst to give you an insight into this interesting and maybe lesser known field of geography and other connected sciences. After arriving to Ribnica and getting a feel for the local culture and geography, we will organize an introductory lecture on all things karst given by one of the researchers from the Department of Geography of the University of Ljubljana. Next day, a karst researcher from the Department will guide an excursion to the poljes of Clasiccal karst and the Križna cave. Stay tuned for more details, but there will definitely be plenty of caves, dolines, poljes, karstic rivers etc. involved! The scientific theme will continue on Saturday with workshops organized by even more geographers and other karst scientists on various topics (The management of large carnivores in the Dinarides, Wind power production possibilities and limitations on karst, others TBA), while there will be another half day excursion held in the vicinity of the accomodation in the afternoon. Of course the whole weekend won’t be just karst and science, EGEA classics and plenty of Slovene experiences will also make an appearance!
Some sights from the area which we will probably discover during the weekend 🙂
HOW TO GET TO RIBNICA
Ribnica is easily reachable by public transport from Ljubljana, while reaching it from other cities in Slovenia or Croatia without transfering in Ljubljana will be quite a challenge. Ljubljana is well connected to other European cities by frequent Flixbus connections, nightrains and other international train connections (use the Deutsche Bahn website to find connections), while arriving by plane to Ljubljana airport might not be the cheapest option due to a lack of low cost carriers (consider Tarvisio, Trieste or Zagreb instead if flying is a must).
For any questions regarding getting to the Karstic Weekend or tips for things to see in Slovenia before or after the event, don’t hesitate to contact us on Instagram or write us on Whattsapp (+386 64 150 086).