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Sjeverni Velebit National Park
Sjeverni Velebit National Park is situated in Lika-Senj
County. It covers a total area of 109 km². White cliffs of the this national reserve covered
by coniferous forest offer some of the most stunning views of the Adriatic
The name of Sjeverni Velebit is
translated as "Northern Velebit" since it covers the northern slopes of the
Velebit Mountain. It is the youngest of the Croatian national parks, being
established in 1999. Isolation of this protected area makes it less
visited and hence you less likely to encounter crowds of tourists.
Mountains are covered by multiple hiking
trails. It is prohibited to get off the trail, but you probably won't want
to. Steep and slippery cliffs can be fairly dangerous. It is especially true
during rainy periods. In addition to great views and virgin forests Sjeverni Velebit
National Park contains several natural underground carst formations.
Some of the most famous are Hajducki kukovi, Rozanski kukovi and
Lukina cave, eighth longest cave in the World (1392 meters long).
Additionally botanical garden contains full collection of all the
plants that grow in the area of Sjeverni Velebit National Park.
Sjeverni Velebit Park
is dotted with many "summer lodges", small houses with cone like roofs made
of stones without mortar. Some of the date thousands of years. They served
shepherds and hunters as temporary shelters in the mountains. Now they only
house bee and wasp hives so you might want to watch out for those.
Additionally you should take precautions if you decide to travel by
yourself. The bears are fairly common in
the Sjeverni Velebit National Park. While the bears run away from a
sound of a human voice, if you travel solo take something metallic that
rattles and creates noise.