At almost 1,500m, the village of Lukomir, with its
stone homes with cherry-wood roof tiles, is the highest and
most isolated village in the country. Indeed, access to the
village is impossible from the first snows in December until
late April and sometimes even later, except by skis or on
A newly constructed lodge is now complete to receive guests.
From there, you can do some magnificent hiking in the area
along the ridge of the Rakitnica Canyon, which drops 800m
Lukomir is known for its traditional attire, and the women
still wear the hand-knitted costumes that have been worn for
centuries. A version of history of present-day Lukomir can
trace much of their ancestry to the Podvelezje region of
Herzegovina. These semi-nomadic tribes would come to
Bjelasnica in the summer months because of the abundance of
water. Podvelezje, a dry plateau above Mostar, could not
provide the herds with enough water to sustain themselves
over the summer months. For reasons not entirely known, many
of the villagers from the Podvelezje region eventually made
permanent settlements in the canyon and later in the place
where it is now located.
Umoljani village is more easily accessible than Lukomir. The
village was destroyed during the war, but by now much of it
has been rebuilt. The natural beauty of its surroundings is
the most striking in the area.
The south side is a typical
karst landscape that is dry and rather barren. The north
side is lush with thick forest and green pastures and is
ideal for hiking, walking or a picnic. The remnants of
ancient settlers can be found scattered around the village
with many medieval tombstones perched on
valley of Studeno Polje is a magical little place tucked
behind the summer shepherd village of Gradina near Umoljani.