Croatia's 7th National Park - Krk Waterfalls in Croatia (Hrvatska)

Water, Power and Beauty

The Krk Water Falls (Slapovi Krke in Croatian) were collectively declared a Croatian National Park in 1985, making it the seventh of Croatia's eight National Parks. It supports bird, plant, and animal life, and promotes fresh air and water, making it an important ecological location in the somewhat inland, central Dalmatian area. It is also a very important scientific and educational area, providing an onsite learning site for research students, environmentalists, biologists and scientists.

A/C Electrical Power

The Krk Waterfalls was an important area for the pioneering developments of hydro-electric, or water powered electricity over 100 years ago. The Jaruga Power Plant was built in 1895, the first of its type in all of Europe. It began operations on August 28, 1895 only three days behind the Adams Power Plant in Niagara Falls. The mayor of Šibenik, Ante Šupuk (Shoo-pook) got permission in 1893 to access the waterfalls' natural power to convert to newly developed A/C power. With the electrical power generated, the modest Croatian seaside town of Sibenik became the third city in the world to have a/c current generated electrical power.

Three years later, the new Jaruga Power Plant began construction, which as been the main power plant location since 1903. The water flows directly from the force of Skradinski Buk to the entrance to the Jaruga Power Plant.

Spacious and Vast

Driving downward into a scenically divine rocky canyon about 200 meters deep, it's a slow and easy descent to reach the Park's location. There, several tributary rivers create the natural waterfall phenomenon. Those rivers are the Krčić, Kosovčica, Orašnica, Butišnica, Goduča, Rivina Jaruga and Čikola which meet at Krk. There are also two lakes at the base of the falls, the result of the cascading river water. They are called Visovačko and Prokljansko Lake. Visovačko is perhaps best known for its tiny island located in the middle. On it remains a Franciscan seminary built in 15th century, and an Eastern Orthodox seminary from the 14th century. Every thing in Croatia tends to be centuries old! (See the photo, below.)

Seven actual waterfalls result in their culmination. The largest and most impressive is called Skradinski Buk (SKRAD-een-skee- Boooook). This water fall is by far the most highly photographed. Combined, the seven falls make up 242 meters of waterfalls.

From the eyes of a child - a tour of Krk

Touring the National Park

Once you arrive, park your car and board a taxi-boat. You will need to travel by boat to reach the actual Falls location. Once in the park, there are wonderful wooden board walks providing leisurely strolling between the seven falls. I toured the falls in the Autumn of 2005 and it was a half day excursion - just perfect. The falls were still full of water and it was a spectacular sight.

As you may have noticed on the video, you can bathe at the base of the falls during hot summer weather! It is a place to both relax and unwind, as well as commune with nature. Daily tours during the summer bring tourists here from all over the world. Adult admission is 70 Croatian kuna; child admission, depending on their ages, ranges from 15 - 65 Croatian Kuna. With a conversion rate of 5 kuna per dollar, the cost in dollars comes to $14 or $3-$13 per person and this includes the taxi boat excursion.

Water Falls

Skradinski Buk, one of the seven natural waterfalls to be found at the Krk Croatian National Park. It is the largest and most photographed of all the natural falls.
Skradinski Buk, one of the seven natural waterfalls to be found at the Krk Croatian National Park. It is the largest and most photographed of all the natural falls.
The park, which was the seventh to be granted national park status, also provides hydro-electro power for the town of Sibenik and the surrounding area.
The park, which was the seventh to be granted national park status, also provides hydro-electro power for the town of Sibenik and the surrounding area.

Entering the Park

There are three entrances:

  1. Skradin (where the largest fall is located)
  2. Lozovac
  3. Rošci Slap

Skradin

Most people enter the national park at Skradin. After you park, taxi boats will escort you into the park from 10 am to 18 (6 pm). Tickets can be purchased at the kiosk in front. This is the main entrance to the falls. Those who want to walk around at a distance (for example, disabled people who do not want to hike around the park for hours) are able to observe the falls without paying park admission.

Lozovac

Located toward the top of the slope, this location is mostly used for commercial auto buses.

Roški Slap (Roski Falls)

Second in popularity to Skradinski Buk, this waterfall is too large to be seen in one day. The entrance is through the village of Siritovci, on the opposite side of the park.

Beauty and Power

Rošci Slap (Rosci falls) at Krk National Park in Croatia
Rošci Slap (Rosci falls) at Krk National Park in Croatia

Where is Croatia, and where is Krk National Park?

Visovačko Jezero (Visovačko Lake) located at the base of Krk Waterfalls in Croatia.  Two seminaries from the Middle Ages, Franciscan and Eastern Orthodox, are located on this tiny island.
Visovačko Jezero (Visovačko Lake) located at the base of Krk Waterfalls in Croatia. Two seminaries from the Middle Ages, Franciscan and Eastern Orthodox, are located on this tiny island.

Krk is beautiful in the Autumn and Winter, too

The walking trails are easy to follow and provide good walking for the majority of visitors.
The walking trails are easy to follow and provide good walking for the majority of visitors.
Tourists get in and enjoy the water during summer.   If you visit during summer, bring your swim suit!
Tourists get in and enjoy the water during summer. If you visit during summer, bring your swim suit!
Krk is beautiful in the Fall, as well.  Probably not a good idea to go swimming, though!  The color is excellent.
Krk is beautiful in the Fall, as well. Probably not a good idea to go swimming, though! The color is excellent.
The frozen water falls at the National Park provide a Narnia type impression.
The frozen water falls at the National Park provide a Narnia type impression.

The Jaruga Power Plant - a historical site as well

The Krk power plant located in the center of the national park, began operations only three days after Niagara Falls - making Sibenik the third city in the world with electrical power from an A/C current.  Amazing!
The Krk power plant located in the center of the national park, began operations only three days after Niagara Falls - making Sibenik the third city in the world with electrical power from an A/C current. Amazing!

Comparing it to other Waterfalls

Here are some interesting facts about waterfalls around the world:

  • Tallest Waterfall in the World: Victoria Falls, located on the African continent on the Zambian-Zimbabwe border, which is over one mile long.
  • Most Powerful Falls in North America: Niagara Falls at the US - Canadian border.
  • North American: Fourth Tallest - Yosemite Falls at Yosemite National Park, 739 meters.
  • European: Venta Rapid, located in Latvia, is Europe's widest waterfall.
  • Asian: Jog Falls, in Karnataka India is the home of India's most famous waterfalls
  • Detian - Ban Gioc is the world's fourth largest international falls, located at the Vietnam-Chinese border.
  • World's Tallest Falls: Angel Falls in Venezuela, South America at 979 meters high.
  • World's Second Tallest Falls: Tugela Falls in South Africa, which is 947 meters high.

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TwilightDream 4 years ago from Chennai, India

I am a great fan of waterfalls. Wonderful pictures and superb information about krk waterfalls. I enjoyed this hub. Thanks for sharing.


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EuroCafeAuLait 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe Author

Thanks, TwilightDream. You know, the falls "roar"! The smell of the air is fresh and slightly misty. The feeling of community with green and blue is apparent. If I widened your horizons, I am grateful. Thanks for commenting, and see you on HP!


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TwilightDream 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Yes ECA. You've definitely widened my horizons up to Croatia. Thank you for giving me this opportunity. God bless!


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EuroCafeAuLait 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe Author

This Hub is good informational resource for both travelers and for tour guides, like myself. I reread it now in order to refresh myself on details about Krk National Park, since I have a tour a little later on, today.


malić 4 years ago

bok Šibenik park je jutro


malić 4 years ago

ja pogriješio Šibenik park je dobro


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EuroCafeAuLait 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe Author

Yes, Krk waterfalls are definitely "dobro" - excellent! For me it's a mini "Plitvica" (Croatia's first national park). You can spend the day and see a lot. Best of all you can swim. So summertime guests are really in for a treat on a scorching hot day. I found out last week that Bill Gates was here two years in a row with his yacht. Best to you, ECAL

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