Travel Guide to Biogradska Gora National Park
August 28, 2019
by Rade Drašković
Biogradska Gora is a national park located within Bjelasica mountain, just 10 miles outside Kolašin, Montenegro. Biogradska Gora is widely known for its vast virgin forest, one of the only three remaining virgin forests in Europe. Covering the area of 21 square miles, the forest is full of life, endemic species, and beautiful glacial lakes and streams. It is a perfect refuge from the city clamor, a place where you can find peace and reunite with Mother Nature. The entrance fee is 3€ per person.
Location and Climate
Biogradska Gora stretches between five towns in northern Montenegro: Mojkovac, Kolašin, Andrijevica, Berane, and Bijelo Polje. All these towns are situated under different sides of the Bjelasica mountain. Stuck in the middle, high on the mountain slopes, Biogradska Gora provides a priceless piece of nature for all of these towns, and ultimately, for entire Montenegro.
The National Park is open for visitors only during late spring and summer when the climate conditions reach their optimal point. The park entrance is built just by the Lake Biograd, the largest and the most beautiful lake in the park. During the summer, the climate is perfect for all kinds of activities. The days are warm, and convenient for swimming and sunbathing. On the other hand, numerous shady places within the park offer a reservoir of fresh air, hiking trails, and picnic spots.
The average temperature during the day is 22 °C (72 °F). During the night, it’s a bit cooler, as temperature sometimes drops below 10 °C (50 °F).
What To Do In Biogradska Gora?
Embrace Lake Biograd
Lake Biograd is located right in the center of Biogradska Gora. Even though there are much bigger lakes in Montenegro, Lake Biograd is renowned for its astonishing looks. You can explore the lake by rowboat and kayak. Beautiful wooden rowboats can fit four people, and they can be rented for 8€ per hour. Kayaks are available for 5€ per hour.
During sunny summer days, Lake Biograd is perfect for swimming. You can enter the lake at literally any point of its shore, meaning you can find a perfect spot to enjoy your time without being bothered by anyone. Almost every corner of the lake offers great landscapes of virgin forest that surrounds the lake. The most pleasant silence is only sometimes shattered by the song of the birds and other forest residents.
Fishing is strictly forbidden in Biogradska Gora, but if you’re a true fishing enthusiast you can buy a one-day sport fishing license for 20€.
Set a Camp
Can you stay in Biogradska Gora for a few days? Well, yeah, of course you can! Biogradska Gora is equipped with specialized camping zones and it’s definitely a place worth spending the weekend at. You can rent a tent for 3€ per day or a camping trailer for 10€ per day. In both cases, you’d be obligated to pay an additional local tax which costs symbolic 1€ per day. Campfires are allowed at the specially arranged places, and they come with a price of 5€.
If you’re not a fan of camping, don’t worry, you’re not out of options. You can rent a traditional bungalow for 15.60€ per day. The bungalows are equipped with a single bed, desk, and chair, while the bathroom is common. This concept of accommodation has been designed to provide guests with an authentic experience of vacation spent in the wild.
If you’re up for one of these options, you’d be smart to bring mosquito repellent and some warm clothes. The nights out here can be quite chilly, so it’s better not to risk with summer clothes.
Engage in Outdoor Activities
While you’re here, you can embrace the lake, but also do a lot of other things too. Hiking is the most popular activity out here. There is a beautiful hiking trail made around the lake. It’s just two miles long but it’s not the only hiking trail in the park. There are many more side trails that lead to magnificent viewpoints located in the park.
All along the trails, you will come across many interesting panels that refer to life in the virgin forest. Also, there are a lot of wooden tables and benches beside the trails. You can stop by and take five whenever you want, or even have a picnic with a view.
If you’re up for some traditional (or non-traditional) food, there is a great restaurant just by the lake. Here you can rest and try some of the domestic food specialties, or just do whatever you’d like to do in a restaurant.
How to Get to Biogradska Gora?
The easiest way to get to Biogradska Gora is by car. It’s located just 7 miles from Mojkovac, and 10 miles from Kolašin center. If you don’t have a car of your own, you can grab a taxi. A ride to the park from Kolašin costs 10 – 15€, while the ride from Mojkovac costs less than 5€.
Another way to get to Biogradska Gora is via mountain. Many tourists opt to go and visit Bjelasica mountain during the summer. Some of the Bjelasica tours include visits to alpine dairies such as Vranjak and Goleš. From both of these alpine beauties, you can take a jeep tour to Biogradska Gora.
Unfortunately, there are no bus lines to Biogradska Gora. The only exceptions are organized sporadic group tours.
Don’t light a campfire without getting a permit first.
Don’t engage in any kind of hunting, except sport fishing with a license.
If you plan to spend more than a day in the park, bring your power banks, and make sure you have mobile internet because the area is not covered by Wi-Fi.
It would be nice if you had a cooling bag or a mini-fridge to store some food in it because there aren’t any stores in Biogradska Gora.
If you plan to camp under the tent, bring your sleeping bags because the nights are very chilly. Any method that will keep you warm at night is more than welcome.
Don’t wander off the hiking trails too much. The forest is huge and you can get lost. Apart from that, Biogradska Gora is home to bears, so it wouldn’t be pleasant to meet one in the woods. Always stay close to the hiking trail!
That would be pretty much everything. Oh, and don’t you dare forget to enjoy yourself to the fullest!