Balkan Rivers Tour - Sava Event

Kayakers from all over Europe paddling rivers from Slovenia to Albania !

We are happy to invite you to the opening event of an unusual international protest action: the opening event of the BALKAN RIVERS TOUR, April 16th 10:00 to 12:00, Bohinj Lake, Slovenia. For the first time, a group of kayakers from all over Europe will paddle rivers from Slovenia to Albania. With this tour they want to protest against the dam tsunami that is threatening Balkan rivers and to raise awareness about their beauty. Led by Slovenian former Olympic athlete Rok Rozman, they will paddle 16 rivers in 6 countries in 35 days.

If you want to know more about this tour, about the dam tsunami or why the tour starts on the Sava river, join the two day event at a scenic location at a lake.


Saturday, April 16
10:00 Press conference at Bohinj Lake: Hostel pod Voglom (Ribčev Laz 60, SI-4265 Bohinjsko jezero).
Speakers: Ulrich Eichelman (Riverwatch), Martin Šolar (WWF Adria), Rok Rozman (Leeway Collective), Theresa Schiller (EuroNatur) and Neža Posnjak (Save the Blue Heart of Europe).
11:30 Photo opportunity with kayakers and banners on Bohinj Lake.
12:00 Official start of the Balkan Rivers Tour
19.00 DamNation movie screening at the Triglav National Park Centre (Ljubljanska cesta 27. SI- 4260 Bled)
22.00 After party at Kult klub (address: Ljubljanska cesta 4, SI-4260 Bled)


Sunday, April 17

9.00  Kayakers’ departure for paddling Sava Dolinka (entrance below the Moste HPP) 10.00 Gathering in front of Triglav National Park Centre in Bled (address: Ljubljanska cesta 27. SI- 4260 Bled), departure for a hike into Brje valley, guided by a local initiative for the protection of this magnificent place (10 km approx. 3h).

14.00  Picnic at Fux’s hanging bridge near Radovljica (Tina rafting, Savska cesta 30, SI-4240 Radovljica)

Participants are invited to spend the weekend in Bled or Bohinj, which offer several accommodation options and outdoor activities. Find the full Sava program


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Background of the tour
The Balkan Rivers Tour is a joint activity by EuroNatur, Riverwatch, Leeway Collective and WWF within the framework of the “Save the Blue Heart of Europe” campaign. Without any regard for protected areas, endangered species or local communities, about 2,700 hydropower plants are projected to be built between Slovenia and Albania. We want to stop this dam tsunami.


We welcome you to join the tour either in a kayak (please register HERE) or attend one of the many exciting tour events which will be organized at 11 different riversSava (April 16-17), Soča (April 18-19), Zrmanja (April 20-21), Sana (April 22-23), Neretva (April 25-27), Morača (April 28-30), Tara (May 1-2), Mavrovo National Park (May 4-5), Valbona (May 7-9), Osumi (May 10-12), Vjosa FLOTILLA (May 13-20)


Ribčev Laz 60, SI-4265, Bohinjsko jezero, Slovenia
Apr 16 2016, 10.00 - Apr 17 2016, 15.00
Save the Blue Heart of Europe and Leeway Collective