Enjoy a day hiking expedition through the Premuzic Trail in Northen Velebit National Park
Trekking North Velebit day adventure is intended for those who want to experience a different type of walking, since it includes the most famous, and one of the most beautiful trekking paths – the Premuzic Trail. Velebit is known for its unusual diversity of plant and animal life, wealth of forests, canyons, cliffs and caves that delight visitors.
Hiking get you outside and breathing in fresh air with incredible views make it unique.
This private tour can be customized to your interests, and concludes with drop-off back in Zagreb, or continue further to Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik or any place on the coast (on request, apply additional charges).
The hiking trail covers fairly easy terrain with outstanding scenery and natural splendor. It’s the perfect activity for nature-loving families or friends to bond in the great outdoors. Put on your hiking boots and discover this beautiful landscape.
Hotel pickup in Zagreb at 08:00 and then 2,5 hours drive by minivan with private English-speaking driver. Starting point of hiking activity is at Zavizan. 2,5 to 3 hours walk to the Rossi's shelter and back (walking distance to Rossi's shelter is 7,5 km). Optional one hour visit of Velebit Botanical Garden.
Velebit has long been recognized for its exceptional natural beauty and biodiversity. Within UNESCO’s programme and established in 1999, Northern Velebit is the youngest of eight national parks in Croatia. This part of the Velebit Mountain is a true patchwork of the most diverse habitats that are home to countless plant, fungus and animal species – a wealth that is yet to be explored in its entirety. It is this diversity of kart formations, wildlife and landscape, to a large extent created by man, which was the main reason for setting up the Northern Velebit National Park.
Northern Velebit is an ideal destination for all those who prefer active holidays and relaxation in intact natural surroundings where you can experience the charm of pristine wilderness. You will be able to choose from over 30 mountain trails that run through different landscapes offering you countless possibilities for exploring the region.
Velebit Botanical Garden
The Garden lies at an altitude of 1480 meters above sea level. At the centre of the Garden there is a sink-hole called Balinovačka Ponikva, encircled by a 600 m circular stone path. From here you can climb up one of the mountain trails that lead to the nearby peaks - Velika Kosa (1622 m), Balinovac (1602 m) and Veliki Zavižan (1676 m). From the circular path, stone steps will take you to the bottom of Balinovačka Ponikva sinkhole, at 1430 m above seal level.
The first plans for making Velebit accessible to tourists were mentioned back in 1920s in various articles in the Hrvatski planinar (Croatian Mountaineer) magazine. The trail was laid out and constructed by the forestry engineer Ante Premužić, a passionate mountaineer and lover of Velebit. As a tribute to the constructor, the Croatian mountaineers later named it the Premužić Trail.
The route is laid out so as to provide the easiest possible access to the most rugged and inaccessible sections of north Velebit – Hajdučki i Rožanski Kukovi. The 57 km route runs along the mountain ridge from Zavižan to Baške Oštarije in central Velebit. As there are virtually no steep ascents, the route is also suitable for visitors unaccustomed to mountaineering.