Situated in the north-east of Montenegro, magnificent scenes of green forest and aqua lake waters make up the beautiful Biogradska Gora National Park.
Although the protected area is only 5650 hectares, making it the smallest of Montenegro’s 5 national parks, it is home to one of only 3 primal forests left in Europe, 6 lakes, 400-year-old trees, and a magnificently diverse range of fauna and flora.
Lush rain forests boast 2000 plant species, 80 butterfly- and 350 insect species, 200 bird species, as well as wolves, bears, foxes, deer, and squirrels.
How to get to Biogradska Gora National Park
Before setting out on your Biogradska Gora adventure activities, plan your trip accordingly.
The best way to get to the park is by car. Hire a car or take a taxi if you are not joining a tour bus there.
There is a public train and bus which you can take from major towns, however, these will not take you to the entrance of the park and you will have to walk between 30 – 60 minutes from the drop-off point to the entrance.
With a nominal entrance fee of €3 per person, there are great activities to enjoy, and of course, the breath-taking scenery in itself makes the trip worthwhile.
Here are our top picks for the best activities in Biogradska Gora.
One of the most popular activities for guests to Biogradska Gora and the Bjelasica mountains is to hike the landscapes along varied trails.
There are trails suitable for all fitness levels.
Hike up to mountain peaks for gorgeous views of the glacier lakes and surrounding forest.
Guided hiking tours are also available giving you the opportunity to explore some cultural highlights as well as incredible scenery.
You may have the chance to enjoy a traditional meal and visit katuns – wooden huts traditionally used by shepherds pasturing livestock.
2. Walking Lake Biograd
If you’re not up for hiking mountain peaks, walking around Lake Biograd is a fantastic alternative.
Being the biggest and most accessible glacier lake in the park, there is an easy 3.5 km trail that you can follow along with signposts providing interesting information about fauna and flora in the region.
The glistening blue-green lake and lush surrounds is a remarkable site.
3. Paddle Lake Biograd
Rent a small rowing boat on the lake site and row out on the water.
It’s a beautiful hour paddle around the lake, and great fun to get out on the water.
Your boat hire includes life jackets.
4. Lake Biograd Train Ride
Included in your park entrance fee is the use of the tourist train from the park entrance at Kraljevsko Kolo to Lake Biograd.
The short 3.5 km open-air train ride will provide you with some park information along the way and is a fun way for families to start their adventure in the outdoors.
5. Lookout Point
The Biogradska Gora Visitors Centre is the setting of a 21m lookout point.
The lookout offers glorious panoramic views of the lake and park.
Next to the viewpoint is a building where you can access park information and find out about the animals that live in the forests.
6. Horseback Riding
Trek the rolling hills of Biogradska Gora on horseback on a day- or overnight tour.
This adventure allows you to truly immerse yourself in the natural surrounds, and enjoy a leisurely ride through spectacular landscapes, besides lake waters, through forests, and along green pastures.
7. Biogradska Gora Jeep Safari
Set out on a riveting Jeep safari through the national park as well as surrounding areas discovering traditional villages, mountain peaks, lake views and incredible landscapes with your 4×4 driver and guide.
8. Mountain Biking
Boigradska Gora National Park offers multiple biking trails for those who prefer to explore the reserve on two wheels.
Hire a bike in the town of Kolasin nearby or bring your own and peddle through unpolluted surrounds passing small animals and ancient forests.
Lake Biograd makes for a great spot to relax along the way, and take a swim during the summer to cool off before heading back on your cycling journey.
Keen fisherman can try their hand at catch and release fishing at two various sites in the park.
Lake Biograd offers fly fishing and the Tara River is also open to fishing at a permit cost of €20 per day.
10. Skiing and Snowboarding
When summer has gone and the lake waters are too cold for a swim, it’s time to get out the ski boots and hit the slopes.
With so many mountain peaks and slopes to choose from the area is a popular ski destination for locals with ski lifts and equipment hire readily available.
It is, therefore, no surprise that the nearby town of Kolašin is Montenegro’s top ski resort.
Whether you’re in search of adventurous escapades or just want to relax in the tranquility of a breath-taking natural oasis, Biogradska Gora National Park has something to offer you.
Montenegro’s King Nikola I freed the area from Ottoman Turks in 1878 and he protected these picturesque landscapes which he was so mesmerized by.
Biogradska Gora officially became a national park in 1952.
In all these years the beauty of the area continues to enthrall visitors throughout the seasons.
Whether a day trip or an overnight adventure, this park tops off any visit to Montenegro, showcasing the country’s natural beauty and scenic wonders.