A Bit of GeographyFreiberg / Setiče rises on the southern end of the mountaineous area which stretches between Freibach valley on the east and Waidischbach / Bajdiški potok valley on the south-west. The northern border of the area is Drau/Drava river valley. Around the southern side the road goes, connecting Ferlach/Borovlje and Eisenkappel / Železna Kapla. In Zell/Sele towards the north the road through Freibach valley deters.
The higher mountains in the area form three smaller groups. Freiberg / Setiče is stretching from Wrata/Vrata saddle on the west to Freibach valley on the east. North of it a long ridge goes from the double summit of Jauernik/Javornik, 1690 m, on the W-SW to Schwarzer Gupf / Črni vrh, 1685 m, on the E-NE. And finally NW of Jauernik/Javornik there is tge summit of Matzen/Macna, 1627 m. Between these three parts of the massif there are two saddles, which can be crossed by quite good paths: Wrata/Vrata, 1376 m, and Hansenruhe/Koce, 1356 m.
Freiberg / Setiče itself has a quite steep, partly also rocky southern slope and a forrested northern slope, descending into Suchagraben / Hudi rov (Klešče). In the eastern ridge, there is a bump called Terklturm / Kriva peč, 1798 m, which further to the east lowers on Baerengrube / Medvedja raven. North of the summit, at the end of Suchagraben, there is an alpine meadow, called Raunigalm / Ravenska planina, 1265 m, over which one of the ascents on top goes.
1. Zell-Pfarre / Sele - Pri cerkvi. Here the shortest and most used (and beautiful) approach starts.
2. Waidisch/Bajdiše or the point on the road 2.5 km SE of the village, where the mountain road goes up to the ex Vabucnik farm.
3. Terkl/Trkelj inn in Zell/Sele.
4. Homoelisch/Hmeliše, near the southern shore of the lake.
All these points are either on the road Ferlach - Eisenkappel, into the valley of Freibach, you can drive also from the north, from the valley of Drau/Drava river (Wildenstein).
From Waidisch/Bajdiše. From this village the marked path goes up towards the NE on Hansenruhe/Koce saddle. But that is a longer option, because in the continuation we must cross the summit slope of Jauernik, descend to Wrata and from there continue on top. A shorter route starts some 2.5 km SE of the village, 661 m, by the bus station where a mountain road starts up towards the ex Vabucnik farm, 940 m. From there, you can continue towards the E-SE and reach Užnikkreuz (then on top as described above), or continue on Wrata and from there right on top. Altogether 4 h.
From Terkl. By this inn an unmarked approach goes on the east ridge of the mountain. We go first some 5 minutes by the road towards the west, then by a mountain road up towards the north. Above, the path is poor and brings us on Baerengrube / Medvedja raven, where we turn left and continue by the panoramic east ridge on top. 3 hours, less recommendable.
Through Suchagraben. We enter this valley by the southern shore of Freibach lake. The mountain road is closed for public traffic and ultimately brings us to Raunigalm (alpine meadow). From there by not steep slopes towards the south (meadows) on the main ridge and left by it on top. This is also a possible ski tour. 4 h to 4 h 30 min.
Other approaches on Freiberg / Setiče are longer. But also other summits of the group can be rewarding goals of a hike. Jauernik is also very panoramic and can be reached either from the west, east or north (and also from the south through Vabucnik valley). Very interesting is also the protected path from Užnikkreuz across the western slopes of Freiberg.
Matzen/Macna is a bit lower, but also harder mountain. The northern and the southern ridge are marked hikes, but require some experience (the northern route is less demanding). Otherwise the mountain is known by the chapel of St. Anna, 1536 m, which every year host crowds of visitors, coming on pilgrimage (on July 26th). On the eastern slope of Matzen/Macna, on the altitude of some 1100 m, there is a so-called Eiskeller (Eisloch, Ledenica), a cave which is through a whole year filled with ice. How deep the ice is, can be seen by the 7 meters deep fountain. The summit, the chapel and the cave can be easiest reached from Hintergupf/Zavrh hamlet, where in the famous Kroschlhof/Krošel inn we can also sleep.