Let’s dive in.
I take a deep breath. Am I really about to do this? The Soča never looked as wild as this in the many YouTube videos I had watched, again and again. I’m not a complete beginner, but I am feeling a bit uneasy. Can I do this? Or is this a step too far? I get myself going and push off. The bow of my kayak dips, delving deep into the cold water, and quickly springs back up.
Fast. Unpredictable. Pure action.
The water stuns me as it smacks me in the face. Adrenaline shoots through my veins. The icy coldness has me in its grasp – but instantly lets me go as the Soča's current carries me off. Kayaking is a bit like Formula 1 – but without brakes. I speed along the river in my unstoppable kayak. Thankfully I looked for a section with no rocks in the water as a starting point. The Soča is a very diverse river. Fast-paced sections are followed by quieter ones. There are parts that are also suitable for beginners. Others, on the other hand, should only be navigated by experienced people who know what they’re doing.
The golden rule when kayaking is: keep your mouth closed. But it’s not so easy with these views. I am fascinated as I watch the spectrum of colour in the mountain river. The water turns various shades between turquoise blue and emerald green. It’s so crystal clear that I can make out the round stones on the riverbed. My kayak glides through the green landscape. Suddenly, I jump at the shocking sight before me: I’m heading straight for two boulders with just a narrow gap between them! Can I fit through? Yeah, it should be fine. But it might be a bit tight.