Solunska Glava is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.526m (8,287ft) above the sea level, located in Studeničani, in central Republic of Macedonia. The region is one of the wildest, remote and most beautiful in the country. It's one of the highest roads of the country.
Great trail for experienced wheelers. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. It is only suitable by 4x4 vehicles. If your car is quite low don’t even try. Stay away if you're scared of heights. Expect a trail pretty steep. Wet conditions may make for tough driving along the muddy road. Unfortunately the very summit of Solunska Glava is unapproachable. At the summit there's a military tower with a weather station and the road is gated at around 2.505m, guarded by armed soldiers. Located in the heart of Macedonia, the road to the summit is gravel, rocky, tippy and bumpy at times. This road tests the skill, and courage, of any driver. It’s definitely not for anyone suffering from vertigo or a fear of landslides. The region is one of the wildest, remote and most beautiful in Macedonia, a paradise for true nature lovers. The trail is impassable in winters. It’s one of the highest peaks in Macedonia.
Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. Expect a harsh climate. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. Solunska Glava is a high peak with cold&snowy winters and strong winds. Located within the Jakupitsa mountain range, the summit is often in clouds then as warm air rises up the huge eastern side and clouds condense on the ridge.
Drive with care as this is a mountain road with hairpin curves and dangerous dropoffs. The drive is definitely worth it. View from the summit is very wide. It covers almost all Macedonian mountains and is uninterrupted in all directions. A drive not to be missed! There are many excellent photo opportunities. Don't forget your camera with lots of film/memory, fully charged batteries and an empty memory card! The literal translation of Solunska glava is “Thessaloniki’s head”, because legend has it that on a good, clear day, you can see Thessaloniki in Greece. Put the camera in backpack somewhere along the final summit ascent to avoid problems with military.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
Pic&video: Lupo sto