BJELASNICA

BJELASNICA

Bjelašnica is situated southwest, only 25 km from Sarajevo. During winter, from November to May, snow forms drifts of a couple of meters in height which are a particular challenge for winter sports lovers.

The beauty of the mountain is augmented by the temper of its climate. It is the result of the geographical position of Bjelašnica within the Dinaric Mountains, its geological structure and altitude. The highest part of the Dinaric Mountains, 300 meters in length, towards the Adriatic Sea, represents a border of impact of two climates - Mediterranean and Continental. Air mass from the sea interferes with the air mass from mountains on Bjelašnica. That kind of interference results in rain and snow precipitation in autumn and great amounts of snow in the winter which retains until late in the spring. This kind of climate specificity is suitable for winter sports.

A weather station was built on the highest part (2067 meters of altitude) in 1894, which is the highest constant inhabited point in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The peak itself was named after the Observatory. The mountain was named after the whiteness of its stones and snows which reside on its peaks until August. An extraordinary mutability of weather characterizes the mountain so it is possible to experience three seasons in one day.