A large part of the largest Croatian mountain range, Velebit, is part of the Northern Velebit national nature park.
The area of the nature park Northern Velebit is 109 sq.km.
On the territory of the park there is the Botanical garden and two reserves: Hajducki and Rozanski.
The continental side of the northern part of Velebit is covered in virgin woods, and the one by the sea is stony and has scarce vegetation.
The peak part of the mountain range has a special feature: it is made up of two rows from 1500 to 1676 meters high, between them there is a route for mountaineers and nature lovers.
The Northern Velebit national park of Croatia.
It is believed that in the mountains, there are dangers at every step.
In the Northern Velebit national park the climbers have all the necessary conditions that guarantee their safety. There are several mountain refuges, the mountain routes are designated and marked.
The most popular of them is Premuzic’s Trail, stretching from the northern to the central part of the Velebit range, mt. Baske Ostarie.
There are several roads made in the park, which can be navigated in a car.
There are many rare plants growing on the territory of the Northern Velebit park.
One of the landmarks of the Northern Velebit park is the Lukina jama cave, the entrance into which is found at the height of 1436 meters. The depth of the cave reaches 1392 meters. This is the deepest cave in Croatia and one of the ten deepest caves in the world.
In 1995, in a small lake at the bottom of the Lukina jama cave there was found an unknown arthropod — Croatobranhus Maestrovi.
The climbers’ refuge at Zavizan
The climbers’ refuge at Zavizan (28 places) is the starting point for most of mountaineering routes made for climbers and the lovers of nature in the national nature park Northern Velebit.
You can get to this refuge by car: from the Lika side through Krasno, and from the sea side through Oltar. The roads anre mainly covered in small rocks, and you can travel along them by car or bus.
The crest of Vuchak (1644 meters), where the climbers’ refuge is located, has a beautiful view of the sea and the continental area.
Contact of the Northern Velebit park
Address of the Northern Velebit park – 53274, Krasno, Krasno 96
Phone of the Northern Velebit park +385 0 53 665 380
Web site of the Northern Velebit park – www.np-sjeverni-velebit.hr
Northern Velebit national natural park on map of Croatia
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