Day 2: Risnjak National Park
This first morning we wake up near the entrance to Risnjak, the National Park that was named after its most popular inhabitant – the lynx or “ris” in Croatian. It encompasses Risnjak and Snjeznik mountain ranges and the source area of the River Kupa. The Park is equally attractive in all seasons: in winter, when covered with snow; in spring, when its meadows transform into carpets of flowers; in summer, when it offers relief from the heat, and in autumn, when the trees bathe in a myriad of colors.
Our goal will be Big Risnjak (1528 m), its highest peak, and we will have time for a deserved break in the hut just below it. Weather permitting, we will be able to admire the views of the Adriatic Sea, neighboring Slovenia and even the Alps. An alternative is a gentler hike in the Kupa River Valley, often described as the magnificent valley of butterflies.
After the trip we will head to Plitvice Lakes National Park surroundings where we will settle in one of the villages and feel the peaceful life in the Croatian countryside.
Night: guesthouse in Plitvice Lakes National Park area
Driving: 2 hours; Hiking: 5-6 hours for the Big Risnjak hike