Bjelašnica is only a 20 minute drive from Sarajevo. Its highest peak is 2067 meters and its name ”Bijel” which means ”White” in Bosnian, because most of the year its white. Bjelašnica is a popular tourist destination for expert alpine skiing. During the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics Games it hosted the Men’s downhill Slalom Alpine skiing because of its notorious ”black diamond” and ”double black diamond” trails.
The summit is particularly beautiful, not just for its picturesque scenery but also for its traditional villages. Lukomir is one of the most visited villages in the summit, with its warm hospitality of its people and traditional Bosnian cuisines, it makes it the perfect destination for those that want a taste of Bosnian past times.
The mountain hosts a ray of activities such as skiing, snowboarding, hiking, rock climbing, paragliding, mountain biking etc. There are also many Bogomil tombstones, mountain huts, watermills, canyons and waterfalls to see.
Mountain Igman is situated directly to the southwest of Sarajevo, bordering Bjelašnica Mountain and the city of Ilidža. Its highest point is at Vlahinja Ridge at 1502 meters, making it the shortest of the Sarajevo mountains. Igman is a popular destination for hiking and skiing.
During the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics Games, Igman was the host to events such as cross country skiing, biathlon, nordic skiing and ski jumping. The mountain consists of Veliko and Malo polje (Big and Small field) with about 30 kilometers of groomed trails for cross country and biathlon.
Igman is still one of Sarajevo’s leading tourist attractions. One of the most interesting attractions is the Ski Jumping platforms from the Winter Olympics.
The mountain Igman is known for the lowest temperature ever recorded in the country, -43,5 Celsius degree and that is why most of visitors of this country can often hear the story about the Igman march that has become a legend.
Jahorina is a mountain in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is only 30 km away from Sarajevo. It is a part of the Dinaric Alps and borders Mountain Trebević, another Olympic mountain. Jahorina’s highest peak, Ogorjelica is 1,916 meters above sea level, making it the second highest of Sarajevo’s mountains, after Bjelašnica.
Mount Jahorina hosted the women’s alpine skiing events during the 1984 Winter Olympics. Today, Jahorina offers a variety of outdoor sports and activities. Primarily it’s a destination for skiing, snowboarding, hiking and sledding with over 40 km of ski slopes.
Vlašić is a high mountain ridge that dominates its surroundings like a giant fortress. With its forests, pastures and numerous springs it is a tourist site of major importance in the region. Its peak is called Vlašićka Gromila and has an elevation of 1,969 meters above sea level. The mountain is a major center for winter tourism due to its excellent accommodation for skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports. It is also a popular destination for summer and eco tourism with many hiking trails and undisturbed wilderness areas.
The Vlašić Mountain is also famous of the Vlašić cheese which is one of the best white cheeses in brine. It is assumed that a technique of cheese making in brine was brought by nomads from East who called themselves Vlasi (as are called the Vlachs in Bosnia) and who lived there attending their sheep since the fall of Roman Empire. They lived there until the end of the 19th century. So, Vlašić was named after them. This tradition was later taken over by farmers from other mountains so this cheese is now being produced all over Bosnia and a broad region.