Zrmanja River Tours is an agency located in Novigrad with the tradition lasting over 20 years. The founder mr. Mladen (Frane) Sinovcic, who was true nature lover and dreamer established the small rafting company back in 1998.
Ever since the company is dedicated to provide everlasting kayaking experience down the river Zrmanja, the true karst beauty of the mountain Velebit.
Team of young adventure, sport and nature lovers gathered around Frane Sinovcic jr. who took over the company in 2002. Our team is dedicated to work exclusively with small groups of people which allows us personal approach to each guest.
Our strength lies in belief that nature is not a place to visit, nature is home.
Zrmanja starts its 69 kilometers long journey in the southern part of mountain Plješevica. On its way to Novigrad’s sea, in which it floats into, it goes through arable narrow valleys and magnificent 200 meters deep canyon. It is typical karstic river – it has numerous waterfalls, cascades and rapids, which make it perfect for white water sports.
Rafting lovers have named it beauty and the beast, because when the water level is high, it offers one of the best rafting experiences in this part of Europe. On the other side, Zrmanja is, with its tributary Krupa, one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe. During the summer time, it’s quiet, peaceful and it carries you lightly through breathtaking landscapes.
Zrmanja is often called hidden beauty due to its location and hard access. Basically, there are only two ways to get to know its hidden beauty – paddling in kayak, canoe or rafting boat on its upper float, or by the boat, on its lower float. It is typical karstic river – it has numerous waterfalls, cascades and rapids on its upper float. The last of the waterfalls is called Jankovića buk, which is surrounded with ruins of old mills. The last 17 kilometers of the river, from Jankovića buk to its delta in Novigrad’s sea are navigable and surrounded by steep cliffs, ancient ruins and rare vegetation and that’s the part where boat excursion is being organized.
This part of the river is remarkable because water mixes with the sea – as a result we have a special fauna there; more similar to the fauna of Novigrad Sea than that of the upstream part of Zrmanja.