Trip arround Idrijske Krnice

Idrijske Krnice is the place where the beauty of nature meets with traces of man, where tradition and rich ethnology entwined with the pulse of modern and where, despite the remoteness Life with a capital letter – remains.



Idrijske Krnice extends off a mountainous village at an altitude of between 850 and 1106 meters, which extends between two valleys. From different vantage points, the view opens onto north against the Julian Alps, west in the villages Jagršče and Šebrelje, south-west it borders cirque plateau above the valley of the River Torrential Kanomljica. Kanomljice deep beneath the flowing river Idrijca at which winding road, also called Keltika, which links the upper Posočje with central Slovenia.

When exactly the people settled in these places is not known. According to some testimonies, the original inhabitants they found refuge in this impenetrable forests of the Tolminska counts, that they would not have to pay taxes. First are the people of Idrijske Krnice ever mentioned during the operation of the Idrija mercury mine, as foresters and charcoal burners to meet the needs of the mine.

The village now has more than 140 people and it is typically scattered mountain settlement. It features a landscaped residences, some of which are a solid and modernised farm. The locals are the cultivation of land dedicated to livestock, forestry and mainly employ in the valley. On the plateau, the preservation of the rural life and work, living village community and neighbourly assistance.


Charcoal production represented an important source of income krničanov. With the opening of the Idrija mine, at the end of the 15th century, the demand for wood has increased significantly. Coal mining has become one of the techniques that had great importance because of the mine. Charcoal is also used for other purposes – need by blacksmiths, tailors, dressmakers, housekeepers for irons, health care for the prevention of diarrhoea. For the majority of the population was charcoal between two wars an important source of earnings. On steep slopes, which are typical for this area, the wood was not even possible to get to the valley otherwise than in the form of charcoal.
To this end, members of the local tourist association organise an annual event Charcoal feast, which usually takes place on the last Sunday in August. The purpose of the event is to revive an activity that has historically been an important source of income of the locals.


 In a genuine natural environment, where the Dinaric-Karst world intertwined with the subalpine, in some areas, through the valley of the Soca and Idrijca pulls the influence of the Mediterranean climate, it is home to rich flora. Fertilisation of different effects and terrain diversity deliver an exceptional diversity of flora. Cirque highest peak, Jelinek (1,106 m), is especially known as a habitat of Idrija primrose (Primula x venusta).
In addition primrose on the area of Idrijske Krnice, you can find many other kinds of rare medicinal plants and famous as they have protected gentian, lilies, orchids, Pink-pink…


On the remote, from the noise of the far meadows and deep into the steep banks of Idrijske Krnice, descending towards the bed of the rivers Idrijca and Kanomljica home to abundant wildlife. The largest population of the deer, which overgrowth of agricultural land is increasing. In addition to these two types are found in this area still chamois, wild boar, hare, fox and even the bears.


In the area of Idrija Krnice lovers of geology can find many interesting rock formations, all of the tufts until rudist limestones. On I have also seen some karst phenomena.


The area where the church stands today is the time between the two Vote stood a military ammunition depot for the needs of the Italian army. Later this to pubs do then parish priest, became the object of liturgical activities. In 1968 the building was renovated and arranged into a chapel, where they can be children from a nearby elementary school also came to the catechism. Through all these years it became a chapel of St. Florian necessary repairs and reconstruction, so the locals together with the then Spodnja priest decided to build a new church, with a lot of help even the residents themselves Krnice. In 2001, Koper auxiliary bishop, Msgr. dr. Jurij Bizjak blessed threshold and bells. The final image was provided by world renowned artist Father Marko Ivan Rupnik, who was in the church moziak made in two parts – Sv. Florian outside the entrance, while inside St. Joachim and Anna, and on the other side of the Virgin Mary with Jesus.


Today to visitors are open friendly pubs, which offer local culinary delights and traditional dishes.

Kmetija on Kal (Idrijske Krnice 35) is the highest inhabited farmhouse, located at 1050 meters. The farm has been carefully cultivated gardens with vegetables, which they sell at the farmers market in Idrija. Hostess you like served with “Goodies from Krnice” such as homemade bread, noodles and beautiful and fragrant biscuits, which adorn the tables of many marriages and celebrations.

If you continue past the church, you reach the : Farm Pr ‘Kendo (Idrijske Krnice 1). For groups, they are preparing tastings of their products, display work on the farm or in cheeses. Also, they can offer you Kenda cheese, cottage cheese, whey cheese for grilling “škripavc” – you can also add-ons, fresh milk, probiotic fruit and plain yoghurt, sour milk, buttermilk.

in the end of  Krnice, there is a farm on Krnicah or”PR KRN’ČANU” (Idrijske Krnice 4), which can boast of a long tradition of farming. Their cheese is called KRN’ČAN other offers is similar to that of a neighbour, a unique flavour and tiny peculiarities give each its own charm. You can also choose between original gift packs. There is also homemade potatoes and certain types vegetables.
A few years ago a trademark HOUSE OF HERBS saw the light of day (Idrijske Krnice 34). It comprises a wide range of products from herbal teas, liqueurs, natural soaps and ointments etc. Most herbs are grown in the pristine nature, in the fields that are fertilised exclusively with manure, without the addition of artificial fertilisers and pesticides.


Beautiful and clean, yet almost untouched nature offer locals and visitors many opportunities for recreation. Most common are the hiking and biking, in winter event space in Panchali work out cross-country skiing and ski jumping at the 30-meter ski flying hill.


For lovers of hiking each year they make the traditional march to Jelenk (1106 m). The starting point is in Spodnja Idrija, near Councillors farmhouse (trail), from where the top brings about an hour and a half walk up the hill along a forest path. In the meantime, you can decide whether to continue the path continues through the forest or you go the most demanding direction through Kenda robe. On the way to Jelenk encounter the legacy of military facilities (bunkers) from the time between the wars, when they were under Italian authority.

Picturesquely vantage point is also Lokvarski top or Vrhovec, from where the view opens to a number of villages Cerkljanskem.


From Spodnja Idrija you can specify to cirques through Govšk. This is an old Krniške path, which the locals once used primarily as a shortcut to Sunday Mass in the parish church in Spodnja Mary on the Rock. The trail leads through the woods, past some abandoned houses, but you also monitors wonderful “live stream” of water flowing through Govškovo grapo. More information on the location and other contacts can be found on the website of the Houses of herbs:

You are invited!
Katarina Kenda

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