The GLR 44
|Hermagor-Pressegger See - Čepovan||160km|
|2.7km off-road||May / September|
The GLR 44 motorcycle adventure route leads you for over 160 kilometers through the Carinthia region of Austria, Friuli Venezia Giulia region of Italy, and the regions of Tolmin and Nova Gorica in Slovenia. 2.7 of those kilometers will traverse over off-road sections. If the going gets tough, The Back-up Tracks will support you with 2 different sections. With a total of 5 connecting GLRs to this GLR 44, you’re able to continue to Adventurise the region. Let’s get going!
The GLR 44 is an Easy route and can be ridden by any adventure rider. More information about the GLR Route Gradings System.
About 30 kilometers from the border between Italy, Austria, and Slovenia your GLR 44 motorcycle adventure begins at Hermagor-Pressegger See. It’s here where you see the Triglav National Park in the distance. But that’s for another time. After your departure, you follow the B111 to the west for about 7 kilometers. You’ll find yourself on the B90 across the border into Italy. This border road counts 35 hairpin turns!
It’s at the end of this road at Pontebba where you’re going to traverse the Val Alba Nature Reserve. Via the SP112 you travel towards the small village of Moggio di Sotto. Cross the bridge across the Fella river and follow the SP42 in the direction of the second Italian Natural Park of this route.
The SP42 guides you to the small mountainous village of San Giorgio where a sideroad directs you to a small road right across the Julian Prealps Natural Park. For 14 kilometers you can enjoy the natural beauty of Italy because after these few kilometers you’ll cross the border into Slovenia.
At the Slovenian village of Žaga, you follow the Soča River down south on 203. This long road guides you down south. At Idrsko, the road narrows down to send you up the mountain. It’s also here where you cross the border into the region of Nova Gorica.
It’s also on this road where the off-road sections of this GLR 44 are located. Please use the Back-up tracks section 1 & section 2 to avoid these off-road sections if needed. Eventually, this road leads you towards your destination at Čepovan. From here you’re able to continue your journey in three different directions. For more information about these connecting GLRs, please see the connections sections down below!
The Region of Carinthia is situated within the Eastern Alps and is known for its mountainous landscape. The state is about 180 kilometers wide from east to west and a mere 70 kilometers from north to south. Despite these smaller dimensions, it’s still the fifth-largest state of Austria. With Klagenfurt as the capital city and Villach as the second-largest city, most of the population is located in the vicinity of both.
Carinthia knows a humid continental climate with moderately hot and wet summers and long harsh winters. Especially at higher altitudes, an alpine climate gets overhand. During summer, heavy rain and thunderstorms occur regularly. The region is also prone to flooding and flash floods after heavy rains.
For us as adventurisers, Carinthia has lots of natural beauty to offer. With a well-established tourism sector, it’s never hard to find a good place to stay for the night.
The Friuli Venezia Giulia region is situated in the North East of Italy. As its name may suggest otherwise, Venice is not located in this region. Italian, German, and Italian are spoken in the region. Besides its rich Italian cuisine and history, the Friuli Venezia Giulia region is famous for its wide variety of landscapes. From the plains to the south, to the Prealps and Carnic, and the Julian Alps to the North.
I hope this sounds like music for us as Adventurisers. With 42% of the total area described as mountainous and 19% as hilly, it may sound obvious that the majority of the GLRs are located to the North. As a natural consequence, the climate in the North is designated as Alpine. This means that temperatures may vary widely between the different seasons.
While exploring the region, it’s good to know a lot of the Alpine landscapes are protected Natural Reserves. If you’re merely looking for the long gravel roads, I would suggest taking the southernmost routes.
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Connections in Hermagor-Pressegger See
At the Austrian village of Hermagor-Pressegger See three adventure routes come together. At the end of the GLR 44, you’re able to continue on two different routes. The GLR 43 travels to the west and leads you via a spectacular border crossing into Italy. This 148-kilometer adventure route ends at Lozzo di Cadore.
Or choose the GLR 46 to the east. This adventure route leads you into Slovenia and explores its endless forest roads. Choose the GLR if you want to explore the Triglav National Park. After 356 kilometers, this adventure route ends at Ivanje Selo.
Connections in Čepovan
At Čepovan, you can continue your motorcycle adventure in three directions. Two of them will lead you deeper into Slovenia. The other one leads you into North-Easter Italy. This GLR 45 shortly follows the directions down south but crosses the border into Italy after 22 kilometers. The GLR 45 ends at Aviano after 145km.
The other two adventure routes travel deeper into the forests of Slovenia. The GLR 47 is a unique route. With almost 75% of off-road sections, this route explores the vast network of forest roads between Čepovan and Ivanje Selo.
Or choose the GLR 48 to cross the border into Croatia and explore the Istrian peninsula. The GLR 48 travels for 361 kilometers down south and ends at Kamenjak. This is the perfect route to travel down to Southern Europe!
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