Northern Velebit National Park
- Year of declaration: 1999
- UNESCO: the mountain Velebit – Man and Biosphere, World Network of Biosphere Reserves 1978
- Surface: 109 km2
- Highest point: Great Zavižan (1676 masl)
- Lowest point: (518 masl)
- Strict Reserve: Hajdučki I Rožanski Kukovi
- Botanical Reserves: Visibaba and Zavižan – Balinovac – Velika kosa (monument of park architecture “Velebit Botanical Garden”
- Shepherds’ huts: Alan and Lubenovac
- Member of the EDEN network and the Rewilding Europe Project
The landscape of the Northern Velebit National Park is characterized by a unique karstic relief. Its diversity, abundance and many forms of karstic relief make it one of the most interesting karstic areas in the world. There are also a few already protected areas to be found: denuded karst peaks, ledges, towers, columns, sinkholes, grikes, fissures, snow-holes, caves, pits, etc. are just some of the karst forms which make this area unique in its diversity, harmony and beauty.
Seeing as the Velebit is the natural border between the continental and Mediterranean parts of Croatia, here can be found two climates: the Mediterranean and the continental one. This causes unforeseeable weather conditions, so the Zavižan weather stations is of high importance.
Nothern Velebit is an ideal destination for anyone who likes an active vacation and recreation in intact nature, accompanied by the mood of iconic wilderness. Over 30 marked mountain trails are at your disposal. The one that must be mentioned is the Premužić trail, a masterpiece of construction, built in drywall stone, and designed in such a way that it leads very plainly into the most hard-hearted and rugged areas of the northern Velebit – Hajdučki I Rožanski kukovi. The trail has no tough climbs so it is also convenient for inexperienced visitors. The existing mountain trails and roads are suitable for other activities, such as trekking and hiking. There is also a partly gravel and partly paved road network throughout and around the park, which is very convenient for cycling and cycling tours on Velebit.
The Velebit House is a visitors’ and information center, where you can explore the climate, various species and their habitats, cultural heritage, geology and the subsoil of the Northern Velebit.