Bosnia and Herzegovina's countryside and mountain areas with ample forests, rivers and lakes offer endless and extraordinary opportunities for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Along with skiing throughout the country in winter, outdoor activities include hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, kayaking and more extreme activities like alpine climbing and paragliding.
There are several tour companies and private guides offering daily trips or longer tours. Accommodation is usually in mountain huts, motels or with locals.
Hiking and mountaineering around remote villages and through rich forests and rugged alpine peaks are very popular. Visitors encounter the traditional lifestyle of places such as Lukomir, and rich flora and fauna of Perucica, one of the last remaining primeval forests in Europe. Paragliding is possible from the Visocica Peak over the Rakitnica canyon, and the highland plateau of Prenj, also known as the Himalaya of Herzegovina, is exceptionally suited for mountain biking.
Rafting on Una and Neretva is a huge attraction. The "Una regatta" on the Una river in the north-west region of Bosnia attracts more than 500 participants every year from neighbouring countries but also from the rest of Europe and the States.
Neretva is the emerald gem of Herzegovina, flowing over 60 miles from its source into the Adriatic Sea.
In the upper canyon, you'll find some of the most beautiful rafting in Europe.
Expect deep canyon walls, endemic flora and fauna, and a wild and pristine ambiance that only Neretva can provide.
Fly fishing on springs and rivers in Bosnia and Herzegovina is a great experience for all passionate fans of this sport. There are several beautiful fly fishing rivers in the north-west region of the country - Pliva, Una, Unac, Klokot, Ribnik and Sanica. Pliva is one of the most beautiful fly fishing rivers in Europe . All rivers are very rich in wild brown and rainbow trout and trophy grayling.
Green Visions (+387 33 717 290, www.greenvisions.ba ) offers various eco-tours and daily trips with hiking, biking and rafting throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Fikret's Hiking Adventures ( www.bosnian-mountaintourism.com ) is managed by Fikret Kahrovic from Sarajevo, a qualified and highly experienced guide, for both hiking and sightseeing.
Zepterpassport FlyFishing (+387 51 744 240, www.zepterpassportflyfishing.com ) offers three- and eight-day fly fishing trips on rivers Pliva, Una and Ribnik combined with local sightseeing.
Scorpio (07942 049 631- UK, +387 61 608 130 - BH, www.scorpio.ba ) is an extreme sports club. They offer daily trips and tours including skiing, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, paragliding and canyoning.
Una Kiro Rafting (+387 61 192 338, www.una-kiro-rafting.com ) organises rafting, fishing, kayaking and canoeing on Una, as well as mountain biking, climbing and sightseeing trips.