Are you a fan of nature and active vacations? If you are, then make sure you put Gorski Kotar on your bucket list. This green Croatian oasis with its crystal-clear lakes, springs, rivers and the shades of 100-year old forests will provide you with an experience that is completely different from what you're used to. The diversity of the flora and fauna, the trails of Via Dinarica, the breathtaking views, the active vacations both during the summer and winter, the cultural heritage and tradition, the customs and nearly forgotten flavours are all excellent reasons to visit this unique area.
Stroll around Fužine and warm up on the hiking trail
Arrival in the town of Fužine in Gorski kotar and staying at the Bitoraj hotel. You will have free time available for a stroll around the town. We suggest that you take the attractive and less demanding hiking trail - Ribička staza (Fisherman's Trail, trail length = 9 km). The trail starts at the Lake Bajer. It's a 2 km hike on the unpaved trail until you reach the Rakov potok (Crab's Creek) hiking hut and Lake Lepenica. The trail runs through Fužine in its entirety.
RC Tip: Try some home-made specialties at the hotel restaurant, such as deer or wild boar prosciutto, frogs' legs, trout; venison, wild boar or bear goulash in blueberry, cranberry or mushroom sauce or a sweet forest fruit strudel.
Fužine - Zeleni Vir - Brod na Kupi - Fužine
Full day excursion on Via Dinarica trail
After breakfast, you'll meet your local tourist guide at 10 a.m. and then get transferred to the vicinity of Skrad for a full-day excursion on the Via Dinarica trails. You'll visit Zeleni Vir, a forceful spring at the bottom of a shallow cave beneath an approximately 70m tall stratified rock from which a gorgeous stream cascades downward.
Visit to the one of the most stunning canyons in Croatia, the 800 m long and the 2 m wide Vražji prolaz (Devil's Pass). Jasle, a babbling mountain brook works its way through a narrow gorge surrounded by 100 m tall rocks. Departure to Brod na Kupi and lunch at the Mance hotel, with an optional visit to the Museum of Forestry, Hunting and Fishing. Return to Fužine at approximately 17 CET.
RC Tip: The Risnjak National Park is located in the vicinity of Fužine and it offers a spectacular view of Kvarner, the peaks of the Alps and the Istrian peninsula.
Fužine - Kamačnik - Fužine
Hike in river canyon near crystal clear water
After breakfast, departure from the hotel at 10 a.m. for a half-day excursion, accompanied by a local tourist guide and a transfer to the protected landscape Kamačnik near Vrbovsko. The Kamačnik River canyon is a 3200 m long water course with a hiking trail that follows the crystal-clear rivulet surrounded by lush vegetation and a large number of protected animal species.
A walking trail, wooden bridges and galleries were made in 1961. Kamačnik cut its gorge into the Velika Kapela massive. It cascades down the river Dobra since it was at its entrance turned into a lake by a dam.
Lunch is scheduled after the visit of the Via Dinarica trails, followed by a return to Fužine. In the afternoon you can take a walk down Staza zaljubljenih (Lover's Path path length: 1,7 km), which starts in Fužine and passes through vivid and quaint locales.
RC Tip: A famous Croatian mountaineer and writer Željko Poljak in his book "Croatian mountains" describes Kamačnik as a "gorge filled with wild romance".
Fužine, individual hike
Check-out after breakfast. If you find the time, we suggest an eco-friendly boat tour (45 minutes) of Lake Bajer with an especially attractive backwater entrance towards Lake Lepenica or you can go on a individual hike down the Djevojačka haljina (Girl's Dress) trail (trail length: 9 km).
The trail starts in Fužine and extends towards Lič. After passing the Drvenjača factory after approximately 500m turn left towards the macadam in the direction of the Lič farm. The trail isn't particularly steep, which makes it perfect for recreational exercisers .
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