Mt Bjelasica is fore sure one of the most beautiful mountain ranges of Montenegro. It belongs to the central continental region of Montenegro. Bjelasica is placed on the E from Moraca Mountains (2226 m), Sinjajevina (2203 m), Vojnik (1997 m), Golija (1942 m), Maganik (2138 m), on the N from Prokletije (2694 m), Komovi (2487 m), Kucka Krajina Mountains (2184 m), on W from Hajla (2403 m), on the NW from Mokra Planina (2003 m), on the SE from Durmitor (2523 m), Maglic (2388 m), Bioc (2397 m), Volujak (2336 m), Ljubisnja (2238 m), on the S from Mt Zlatar (1626 m) and Mt Zlatibor (1496 m) in Serbia, on the SW from Kopaonik (2017 m), Golija (1833 m), Radocelo (1643 m), Pester (1617 m), Cemerno (1579 m) mountains in Serbia. Bjelasica is situated on NE from Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro.
Mountain is surrounded by the 5 cities: by Kolasin town on the W, by Mojkovac town on the N, by Berane town on the E, by Bijelo Polje on the NE, by Andrijevica town on the SE.
It’s geological features are of volcanic origins, with smooth round shapes, differing from most of Montenegro’s other mountains of calcareous composition abounding in karst forms, with numerous crevasses and crevices.
Didn’t the old legend told, when god had created the earth, he flown over it with 3 bags who carried earth, seeds, and rocks. Every country got his share. Untill the devil suddenly appeared and cutted the bag filled with rocks. The country were the rocks were tumbling on would be known as Montenegro.
Bjelasica lacks alpine climbing rocks but the vast spaciousness of it’s mildly rolling landscapes is amazing. The Mt Bjelasica range stretches over and area of 630 square km, with a equal width & length – 30 km.
The Bjelasica range is bordered by the Lim and Tara rivers as well as by the Ljubovidja and Lepenica rivers to the north. It belongs to the municipal districts of the cities: Kolasin, Mojkovac, Bijelo Polje, Berane and Andrijevica, which cooperate in the common interests of the tourist development of the Mt Bjelasica region. The massif of Mt Bjelasica has 10 peaks above 2000 m. The three peaks which belong to group of highest peaks are Crna Glava (2139m), Zekova Glava (2117m) and Troglava (2072m), all three placed above the beautiful Pesica Jezero (Pesica Lake, 1820 m).Bjelasica is the greenest mountain in Montenegro, also very rich with water sources. So, Bjelasica is really the pure paradise for enjoyment in beautiful mountain scenery. The mountain is approachable also by car. With the roads from Kolasin town till Vranjak and from Berane town till Kurikuc you can come at the foot of the mountain and also to the Biogradsko Jezero (1094 m) lake.
The Biogradska Gora
In the 1872. Montenegrin King Nikola had realized that Biogradska gora (Biograd`s mountain) was the great ecological heritage for the future generations and protected it by the law. This is the one of the last three jungles in Europe, with the typical jungle vegetation. Nacionalni Park Biogradska Gora (Biogradska Gora National Park) takes 5650 ha of the central part of the Bjelasica Mountain, between the rivers Tara and Lim. In the heart of Biogradska Gora is famous and beautiful Biogradsko Jezero (Biograd’s Lake, 1094 m). The 80 percents of this area are the woods. The many trees are over 500 years old. There are 26 plant ecosystems, 86 kinds of trees and over 220 various plants. The one hundred old trees are 40 – 50m high. There are typical mountain trees: the oak, the maple, the beech, the fir, etc. The birds’ observers and ornithologists can enjoy the flights of eagles and 150 other birds. The Biograd`s woods is the home of bears, wolves, dears, foxes, etc. There are over 350 kinds of insects. The intensive glecier`s activity has formed the various geo – morphologic shapes, like the river valleys and mountain peaks, some over 2000m high. The most famous and the biggest lake in the area is Biogradsko jezero, located in the middle of the park, 1094 m above the sea level. The Biogradska gora is attractive not only for the explorers, but for the numerous visitors, as well. The park is a natural reserve with a unique geographical and biological structure. It is an open lab for biologists and a favorite destination of hikers and nature lovers. Its immense, centuries old forest with endemic Balkan plant species, diverse animal life and beautiful landscape with mountains, meadows and glacier lakes, will absolutely fascinate you. So, take a deep breath and face the unique nature.