FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Questions which are frequently answered and asked even more frequently than they are answered. They seem stupid at first but still they require frequent answering to prevent frequent stupidity and other forms of frequent human charm which is widely accepted as ‘natural’ phenomenon of our kind. So do not waste your time on reading them.
Where the hell are you guys located?
Kamp Velebit is situated in a charming little village known as Baške Oštarije. That is exactly half way (20km or 20min ride) between Karlobag and Gospić. We are right by the main road.
How do I get there?
Please don’t try to hike up here (we had that case before) because the main road with steep ascent, absence of sidewalk and exposure to the sun will make your journey miserable and even dangerous. The easiest way to reach is by car, bike or hitchhiking. The local public transportation is quite rare, and in the age of new normal, the bus schedule became even thinner. Moreover, we do not have confirmed bus schedule for the season before 1st of June. Please contact Velebit Tours (08008885). You can try to catch a ride with us because we frequently run errands.
What’s the temperature and weather like on the top of Velebit?
It can get really cold here even during the summer and we cannot stress this enough. Cloudy and windy weather make a huge difference in temperatures. During the summer the highest is 26 C and the lowest is 10 C. Just go with the famous Norwegian saying: “Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlig klær!” which translates to “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes!”
Is there a phone signal up there?
We are happy to enjoy a good 3G signal almost everywhere in Baške Oštarije. But depending on your hiking plans the situation with signal changes rapidly.
Do you have free WiFi on site?
Yes, we do but the connection is rather shitty and unreliable. Max speed is 20Mbps. During thunderstorms we are forced to shut down router because lightning always burns it and then we have to wait technicians or post delivery for days. Also keep in mind that WiFi signal does not reach every corner of the camp but this depends on your device. In case you are a digital nomad, we can provide you with personal WiFi connection based on 3G signal rather than landlines which is more reliable for your work. Overall, the best connection up here is the one you do with nature, trees, flowers, wildlife and your inner-self.
Can I drink water at the campsite?
Our water is perfectly drinkable – it is almost like a spring water because we are first on the supply line.
Do you have the kitchen available which guests can use?
We have both indoor and outdoor kitchen equipped with cookers and basic utensils, pots, pans etc.
Do you have refrigerators where we can store our food and drinks?
Yes, there are a couple of refrigerators available for your convenience free of charge.
Is there a laundry service available?
Yes, we have both Wash&Dry service available for 5€ each but you can also hang-dry on your own using fresh mountain air.
Are there any shops nearby for basic supplies?
The nearest shops are located in Gospic and Karlobag – both are 20min ride away. Most of our guests combine shopping with their daily trips to beaches in Karlobag. In Gospic you can find large supermarkets such as Lidl, Plodine and Konzum. However, there is a dairy shop 1km away from us with milk, yogurt and different sorts of cheese made by local cows. Be sure to taste ‘Basa’ (a cheese spread), Lički Škripavac (Lika’s Squizzing Cheese named because it creates squeezing sound when you chew it) and their famous Stracciatella Yogurt! They are all delicious.
Do you serve any food or drinks at the camp?
Not for now. However, there is a restaurant 1km away from us as a part of the hostel Baske Ostarije. They offer some great local dishes at affordable prices.
Are there any hiking trails around you?
That’s what our place is all about. There is about 140km of hiking and biking trails around the camp. Just be responsible and do not piss off our guardian angels known as Croatian Mountain Rescue Service.
Is there a gas station nearby?
Closest gas stations are located in Karlobag and Gospic. You still don’t drive electric, do you? Shame on you!
Is there a lot of noise at the camp?
It all depends on the prevailing and dominant cultural and ethnic background of guests which currently reside at the camp. Balkanians (a.k.a. local species) and species of eastern Europeans including most Mediterraneans are known to be louder than than western Europeans. They often engage in what is known as late night socializing and sometimes they use different instruments and their voices to create music which is boosted by magical drinks such as Travarica, Shlyivovitza, Medica etc. We try to balance things out by enforcing curfew as a part of our ‘Camping Etiquette’ which begins at 23:00. We also risk our life by doing so on a daily basis.