Northern (Mountainous) Region – Where the Echoes are Strong
Skrcko Lake on Mt Durmitor by Dusko Miljanic

To travel to Northern Montenegro is to travel back in time. With little industry, the people in the rural north deal primarily with farming, wood industries and agriculture. Aside from three small cities, the north consists of small towns and villages, with authentic stone and wood houses, scattered throughout the region. The farmers plough their small fields with horses or mules, while the women make homemade bread and their special cheeses, such as "kajmak" (a type of soft, buttery cheese).

The rugged mountain tops and steep canyons covering the north are sparsely inhabited and relatively unexplored.  A picture of northern Montenegro, from any vantage point, is one of rocky, snow-capped mountains, lush verdant valleys and solitude.

The north of Montenegro includes several beautiful mountains ranges including the Bjelasica and Komovi Mountains, The Durmitor Massif (the highest peak of which is Bobotov Kuk at 2,522m), the Prokletije Mountain Range, Mt. Visitor, Mt. Sinjajevina and many other breathtaking mountains. Within the north, there are two national parks: Durmitor and Biogradska Gora.

The high mountains like Durmitor, Maglic, Volujak, Bjelasica, Komovi, Prokletije and Visitor can offer you an unforgettable experience with their hidden lakes, numerous pastures, forests, sharp peaks, diverse flora and fauna, fast mountain rivers, imposing canyons and unexplored caves...

Detail from Katuns at Komovi Mountain

Locals seldom venture into the highlands except during the late summer months when they take their animals to higher pasturelands. One can walk the mountain paths for days in complete solitude save an occasional shepherd and his small flock. The clear, turquoise rivers run fast and deep down the canyons, streams flow into the lakes where one can encounter local fishermen and villagers. The solitude and serenity offered in the north is undoubtedly unique.

Although the north may be economically poor, it is certainly rich in culture, tradition and hospitality. Having lived under the Ottoman Empire for five centuries, northern Montenegro is a blend of Slavic and Turkish cultures - mosques sit opposite Christian Orthodox churches and monasteries.

Why is it that those who have almost nothing are the first to share? Such is the case in the north, where the people are very generous and caring. To the outsider who knows little of southern Slavic culture, the Montenegrins might at first seem cool, even unfriendly; however, their impassive expressions belie their true nature. Once you get past the veneer, you will find that they are very generous and kind people, who go out of their way to take care of visitors and guests.