Bjelasnica is a mountain placed in the midst of Bosnia and Herzegovina, located southwest from Sarajevo (approximately 25 kilometers, equating to a 20-minute car ride). Its neighboring mountains are Igman, Ivan, Treskavica and Visočica.
Its borders in the North are composed of the flow of river Zujevina and mountain Igman, which practically continues on to Bjelašnica, and is a part of the same plateau; on the Southeast the reef Hojte continues on the mountain Treskavica; in South, a sharp 25-kilometer long border is made by the astounding valley of river Rakitnica, which separates mountains Bjelašnica and Visočica. In the Southwest the valley of river Neretva separates Bjelašnica and Prenj, surrounded by a terrain with highway and railway, starting from Sarajevo and continuing into Konjic over mountain Ivan, in the North and Northwest. In the West Bjelašnica is connected to Bitovnja through the terrain of mountain Ivan.
Bjelašnica belongs to the category of carts mountains, while being shaped through the activity of glaciers as well.
It is usually covered in snow for the majority of the year, most often starting from November and lasting until May, with occasional appearance of snow even during the summer months. From this, we can easily infer the origins of its name.
The highest point is the peak Bjelašnica (2067 m), which is commonly called Observatory – honoring the meteorological station located at the peak. Some other significant peaks are Krvavac (2061m), Velika and Mala Vlahinja (2055m), Veliki Strug (2026m), Hranisava (1964m) and Obalj (1896m).
Bjelašnica is a very popular winter and skiing getaway, suited for all kinds of winter sports, as well as paragliding, hiking, mountain biking, as well as rafting, canoeing, etc.
Numerous touristic and sport objects were built for the needs of the 14th Winter Olympic Games, held in Sarajevo in 1984, and are still being used today. The TV tower, previously located at the top of the highest peak, was devastated and ruined during the War in the 1990s.