Biogradska Gora National Park in northern Montenegro provides epic nature views and adventure options. One of three remaining rainforests in Europe, it has diverse flora and fauna. The signature site of the park is Biogradska Gora Lake. This glacial lake reflects the forests, mountains, and skies providing excellent views for nature lovers and photographers.
Glacial Lakes in Biogradska Gora
This national park boasts several glacial lakes. The most famous of these is the namesake of the park. When entering the park through the main entrance, this glacial lake provides a dramatic scenic view. This is a highlight for photographers especially when the trees adopt their fall colors in October.
There are other glacial lakes definitely worth checking out. Other glacial lakes include Šiško, Mali Šiško, Ursulovačko, Pešica, and Šever Lakes.
These lakes range in size and features. The lakes that we recommend observing if pressed for time include Biogradska Gora Jezero, Šiško Jezero, and Ursulovačko Jezero. And for sure Pesica Jezero as some would call it the prettiest lake in the park.
Navigating to Biogradska Gora National Park in Montenegro
Located in the northern region of Montenegro, Biogradska Gora sits on the east side of the E65 highway. Situated between Mojkovac and Kolasin, the park is easily accessible by car and bus. Buses from Podgorica or Bijelo Polje will stop at Biogradska Gora National Park if you notify them of your intent. (Ask other passengers help communicate if needed.)
Be on the lookout for the signage as you near the area. You will see a green bridge with a billboard sign that says the name of the park and the bridge beside it. You should be driving up or hiking up here. A short distance up the road is a pay booth. The entrance fee is 3 euros per person.
Hiking and Biking in Biogradska Gora National Park
The Biogradska Park has the best-marked trails of all the national parks. The terrain and the enclosed nature of the land provide a great option for a day full of hiking, biking and breath-taking views.
Six marked trails with an average distance of 12 km launch from here. Each leads to different peaks and lakes in the region. There is an easy, educational trail that is 3.3 km around the lake. Along the way, signage provides information about flora and fauna of this region. The Mojkovac trail offers an approximate 1.5 to 2-hour hike both ways. This trail gives you a nice view of some beautiful peaks, and gorgeous lakes.
Separate trails for hiking and biking exist. Some of these trails provide single track mountain biking. Quality Polar 29″ mountain bikes are available for rent through the visitor center. Bike rentals are 3 euros per hour or 10 euros for the day.
The park also offers swimming, fishing, and kayaking! Boats are rentable on the lake for those looking to explore Biogradska Gora Jezero (Lake).
Food and Lodging at Biogradska Gora Park
A visitor center sits at the base of the mountains, next to the largest glacial lake. Travelers can find information here about the local animal life such as otters, bears, eagles, and many others. Also, a restaurant next to the visitor center serves a range of national food options including cevapi.
There are camping and lodge rental options inside the park for those that want to base their stay here. Here’s our list of best places to stay near Biogradska Gora.
(Some content and pics provided by student adventurers Andrew Arthur and Michael Gray)