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Via Dinarica HR-W-16 Southern Velebit (III) – route to Struge

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  • Badanj iznad Struga
    / Badanj iznad Struga
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Bunar Marasovac
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Gospa od Rujna
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Kamena galerija
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Planinarsko sklonište Struge
    Photo: Dean Jurčić, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Stapina
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Stijene u Bojnicu
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Veliko Rujno
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Veliko Rujno s Bojinog kuka
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Vidik s podnožja Bojinog kuka prema jugu
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
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The area between Visočica and the peaks above Paklenica is not characterized by high peaks, and the key hiking destinations are oriented to the coastal side of the mountain. This is karst terrain, with an interesting series of several spacious karst valleys with virgin forests and large fields where the locals kept their livestock during the summer period until the second half of the 20th century.
17.9 km
10:00 h
1101 m
558 m
In this large karst area, particularly beautiful is the wider area around the karst valley of Stap, with the mountain shelter Tatekova koliba. Right above Stap, we come across kamen Čučavac – a stone that represents a genuine miracle of static stability – and the rocky peak Debeli kuk. South of Stap, one prominent peak is Stapina. With its unique and recognizable shape, it attracts the attention of observers from far away, resembling an impressive natural skyscraper from up close. The so-called Kamena galerija (Stone Gallery) in the area is a very picturesque phenomenon, resembling a labyrinth of rocks. This is where Slavko Tomerlin, better known as Tatek – a renowned mountaineer from Zadar – prepared a demanding but very attractive loop trail for hiking through the rocks.

The section of Via Dinarica from Stap to Struge overlaps with the route of the Velebit Hiking Trail, so orientation is not difficult. From the karst valley of Stap, the route first ascends to the base of the picturesque rocky peak of Stapina. Behind it, to the left, there is a trail branch leading from the Velebit Hiking Trail to the Stone Gallery. This magnificent rocky labyrinth can be visited along an attractive but demanding hiking trail in the shape of number eight. The Velebit Hiking Trail continues southwards, to the wide plateau of Malo Rujno, and then also to the plateau of Veliko Rujno with a chapel in the middle of the plateau. From the edge of Veliko Rujno, the trail starts ascending through the forest towards the pass of Buljma and towards the plateau of Struge, where there is a mountain shelter of Zadar mountaineers. It takes 7 to 8 hours of hiking to pass the section from Stap to Struge. User
Alan Čaplar
Updated: August 03, 2016

Risk potential
Highest point
1411 m
Lowest point
744 m
Best time of year


Mountain hut Tatekova koliba na Stapu (867 m)
44.408403, 15.318818
33T 525384 4917284


Mountain hut Struge


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Questions & Answers

Question about Axel Lénárd · March 29, 2020 · Community
Hi All, I am a planning a trip with 8 person on this route and I am a little bit afraid that Stap - Struge part would be a little bit too long in one day for our group. Could you please help if there is any hut/shelter in Veliko Rujno? Many Thanks, Axel
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Answer by Matthias Umpfenbach · March 29, 2020 · Community
Hi Axel, as I remember there was no hut in Veliko Rujno. All the cottages hereabout seem to be private. At the church is a cistern with water. If you have tents it’s possible to pitch it around there. We came from Struge down to Veliko Rujno. On that way there was a sign somewhere here (44.3637400,15.4587300) witch point to Ivančev dom alpin hut (detour 1h20m) (fon +385 98 937 8577) There is also Paklenica Hut (fon: +385 23 301 636) Both huts are not on your way to struge :( From Malo Rujno (44.3724200,15.3872400) is a way to Planinarsko Sklonište Zavrata. Take a look over there: By the way: The Cistern at Struge was filled with ugly water. You will find a cistern with good water 1km away here (44.3800776,15.4762081,101 Ličko-senjska županija) All the best for you trip We liked it Matthias with Linus
Photo: Matthias Umpfenbach, Community
Photo: Matthias Umpfenbach, Community
Photo: Matthias Umpfenbach, Community


BJ Romines
September 27, 2016 · Community
Stage 17
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September 21, 2016 · EVAdinarica Project
Loved the "polje" Velike Rujno and Stapina is lovely. Struge is a popular place, many people there, but still (or because of that) a great place. Water is 20 a minute walk though.
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17.9 km
1101 m
558 m
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