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Via Dinarica HR-W-09 Senjsko bilo

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  • Jadičev plan
    / Jadičev plan
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / Krajačeva kuća na Rujicama
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / Mountain hut Oltari
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / Senjska draga
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / Senjsko bilo
    Photo: Davor Tomičić, Via Dinarica
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Northern Velebit extends from the mountain pass Vratnik with the Senj – Otočac road to the mountain pass V. Alan with the Jablanac – Krasno road, and it is 30 kilometers long. A typical perception of Velebit as a simple ridge that divides the continental region of Lika from the sea like a wall of some kind is actually a wrong perception, especially in the northern part of Velebit, because this is in fact a spacious mountainous area with its width almost identical to its length at elevations of 1000 meters. In this peak area, we come across many peaks stunningly diverse in shapes and directions of spreading, with many randomly scattered dolines and karst fields all around.
Distance 17.9 km
11:00 h
827 m
581 m
1,402 m
680 m
The northernmost part of Velebit is known as Senjsko bilo. This is the area extending southeast of the Senj – Vratnik – Otočac road to the Sv. Juraj – Oltari – Krasno road. Even though it belongs to Velebit, we can actually consider this area simply as the foothills of Velebit, due to relatively low elevations and modest morphology. This northernmost branch of Velebit has almost none of the typical characteristics of Velebit, and it has more in common with the southwestern part of Velika Kapela. Its central part is the main ridge 15 kilometers long, with the highest peaks Jadićeva plan (1416 m.a.s.l.), Konačište (1404 m.a.s.l.) and Bijeli vrh (1492 m.a.s.l.). The slopes facing the region of Lika are very steep and covered in forest, with numerous terraces descending towards the sea on the other side of the mountain. One interesting fact about the area is that the vegetation of Senjska draga is a result of human labor: in the 19th century, this entire majestic valley was bare and rocky, so torrents flooded the city of Senj every couple of years. The most important mountaineering sites are the peak of Jadićeva plan and the locality of Sijasetska draga with a mountain hut. The most interesting hiking tour in the area is the longitudinal tour from Vratnik to Oltari – a section of Via Dinarica. Part of this trail follows the route of the Senj Hiking Tour, maintained by the mountaineers of Senj.

The starting point for the longitudinal tour along Senjsko bilo is the mountain pass Vratnik with the road Žuta Lokva – Senj. The trail starts above the motel, initially passing through the forest, and then, after only one kilometer, it reaches the road towards Stolac and Žukalj. Above Liskovac, to the right, there is a trail connecting from Sijasetska draga, and to the left there is trail branching from Žukalj and ascending to the peak of Jadićeva plan (one hour of climb). After the hamlet of Liskovac, the route continues with hiking trail markings that take hikers across meadows for one hour and a half to the hamlets of Tuževac and Rakita. One more hour of hiking remains to the village of Oltari with a mountain hut.

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Alan Čaplar
Update: August 03, 2016
Highest point
1,402 m
Lowest point
680 m
Best time of year


Vratnik (694 m)
44.978373, 14.985275
44°58'42.1"N 14°59'07.0"E
33T 498839 4980548




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44.978373, 14.985275
44°58'42.1"N 14°59'07.0"E
33T 498839 4980548
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  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
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Jérémy Bigé
July 08, 2021 · Community
[SLO->ALB] Started the VD the 7th of June 2021. Took a bus from Senj (6h30 am everyday) to Vratnik. Easy trail with few hundreds meters of bushwack. Lot of mice in the woods. Oltari hut was closed but there is water there.
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Maruša Orel
June 09, 2021 · Community
Didn't hike this trail, because policeman at police station said, it's too dangerous to hike around Krivi Put and Vratnik, because of immigrants coming from Bosnia to Slovenia in groups. I went by the road to Sveti Juraj and then to Oltari. All the time asphalt road, really not a pleasure hike :( Also I didn't feel safe hiking from Senj to Sveti Juraj because of a lot of traffic and no space to walk by the road. If you decide to hike that way, I think is better to check if any bus exists here. I slept in Holiday house Oltari, 20€ per night and I had a whole appartment. Mountain hut Oltari closed, water is available outside. I think you could sleep in a terrace of a hut as well.
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When did you do this route? June 09, 2021
Photo: Maruša Orel, Community
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Thomas Furter
September 11, 2020 · Community
We started from Senj at Sea level, first half on a really nice hiking trail, then on gravel roads and came back to the VD trail in the 2nd half. The Oltari hut was closed, but there is a new apartment house next to it. We walked further to the Zavizan hut. If interested, gpx data are available (contact via
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17.9 km
11:00 h
827 m
581 m
Highest point
1,402 m
Lowest point
680 m
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