NP Sjeverni Velebit

NP Sjeverni Velebit

The Northern Velebit National Park s a national park in Croatia that covers 109 km2 of the northern section of the Velebit mountain, the largest mountain in Croatia. Because of the abundant variety of this part of the Velebit range and its authenticity, the area was upgraded from its classification as a nature reserve to a national park in 1999, and started work in September the same year.The whole of the Velebit mountain is a nature park, a lesser category of nature conservation. Another national park on Velebit is the Paklenica on its southern side.The park reserve is protected and visitors cannot pass through except on designated trails. Inside the reserve there are the Visibaba botanical reserve, with an abundance of the endemic Croatian subspecies of  Sibiraea altaiensis, and the Zavižan-Balinovac-Velika kosa botanical reserve, famous for its outstanding collection of species of mountain flora. Inside the reserve there is the well known Velebit Botany Garden, founded by pharmacology professor and botanist Fran Kusan in 1967. he Park is criss-crossed with numerous mountaineering trails. The best known is the Premužić's Trail, named after its constructor, the forester Ante Premuzic who built it in late 1933. The path runs through the most beautiful and most interesting parts of the park. From the numerous peaks in the surroundings there are magnificent views of the Adriatic Sea and its islands as well as of the continental side.Hajdučki kukovi, is part of the Kukovi group of peaks in the north part of the Velebit, in Croatia. Together with Rožanski kukovi it forms an area of around 22 km2 declared as a nature reserve in 1969. It is separated from Rožanski kukovi by the Skrbina Draga and Veliki Lubenovac field.The first "kuk", Gromovaca (1675 m), lies two and a half hour walk from the hostel in Zavizan. The centre of the rocks begin immediately behind Rossijeva koliba, which is also 2.5 hours walk from the hostel.