Risnjak National Park

Risnjak national park is situated in Crni Lug which is close to Delnice and the forest area covers 6,400 hectares. The specific plant communities exceed 30 in number, and you will also find a trail that is 4.2 KM, accommodation and restaurant capacities, as well as a mountain lodge. This park represents an outstanding attraction including the value of Gorski Kotar, and Kvarner. This is Karst plateau that is wide and heavily forested, and rises to the jagged peaks.

Owing to its proximity to the Zagreb-Rijeka road, the park is accessible with ease. This is an area destination that enjoys wide popularity and has Croats for walking, mountaineering, and climbing. You will find Risnjak national park towards the Plateau’s northern end and it covers more than 30 sq Km. It rises from its table land at 620 M and this is to the major peak at 1,528m.

This park experiences varied climatic influences. This is owed to the sea which is from Southwest, the continent that is from North east, Dinaric Mountains that is from South east, and the alps that are from Northwest. The climatic condition has led to more than 4,000 plant species prospering there. These plant species are accompanied by more than one hundred brown bears, wolves, lynx, wild boar, wild cats, chamois, deer, and 500 butterfly species.

Risnjak National Park photo
Photo by Hrvoje Šašek

To the exterior of the park, the sight is notable. Among the several caves that are open to tourists during summer is Lokvarska. The cave exceeds 1,000 meters in length and 140 meters in depth and the caves also feature an array of stalactites, calcified way, and stalagmites though it. They tend to end towards the 90 meters Zeleni vir waterfall which towards the far end. To Gorski Kotar’s Western side, are the Cicarijia Mountains. Istria is separated from the Croatia by a barrier that is 40 KM long and the peaking point of the chain is Platnik which is 1,273 meters.

If you a serious walker, the area has for main long-distance routes. Rijeka mountain transverse is among them. The walking will take you 6-7 days if you want to enjoy all the important peaks. The ideal place to start is close to the Cicarija Mountains that are in the west. This route tends to pass through Risnjak before turning south over Velika Kapela before finishing at Crikvenica which is on the coast. The paths have proper markings and for overnight accommodation, you can utilize the mountain huts. For that memorable experience, you need to have a guide who is authorized.

Regardless of whether you are a couple, a single traveler, a group of people with different abilities or ages, or a family, this park is a great option.

This national park is a long history with the first scientist having visited it in 1825. This visit paved way for more subsequent visits. The visit that is most prominent is one that was Josip Schlosse who was a botanist, and this was in the 19th century. The botanist wrote many publications concerning Risnjak and the flora.

Photo by Schlatter Photography

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