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Lahemaa National Park

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Entrance to the Lahemaa National Park near Soorinna, road 270, coordinates 59.492388, 25.484974

Lahemaa National Park [1] is in Estonia.

Understand[edit]

Lahemaa National Park is about 50km east of Tallinn and is a place to find some nice forests, seaside and swamps and bogs. One of the most suggested place to go there is Viru raba (Viru bog), that has 5km foottrack and watching tower.

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Landscape[edit]

Many forests, swamps, bogs and beaches.

Flora and fauna[edit]

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Get in[edit]

The park is large and has many interesting places to go. Therefore it is hard to give one and only direction getting there.

By car. Drive from Tallinn towards Narva via Peterburi road. About 50km from Tallinn, there is a sign showing to Loksa (left). You may want to turn there as right after just taking about few hundred metres via this smaller road towards Loksa (direction north) there is the start point to Viru bog on your right. Or you may want to drive to Loksa and further on to the seaside.

Better to buy a map from any petrol station in Tallinn before you go.

Popular also to take bike tours at the park: 1-day 35-65 km or 2-3 days with easy access from Tallinn. City Bike (bicycle rental and tours) organises daily tours and also offers self-guided packages to the Park

Viru bog just before sunrise in summer time
Viru bog at dawn.
Viru bog at daytime in summer.

Fees/Permits[edit]

There are no entry fees, all the trails are free to hike. You should just remember that take nothing but photos and memories and leave nothing but footprints.

Get around[edit]

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Viru raba (Viru bog) has 5km foottrack and watching tower. You can also start and finish in same location if You go to tower and back or take a round trip back to start around the bog. There are good maps and information tables at the track. The track over the bog is made of wood and usually You do not need to worry about any special footwear. Sometimes there may be more water in the bog and waterproof hiking boots are recommended.

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  • Hiking
There is a number of marked trails in the park.
On a warm summer night you may want to experience the feeling of sleeping in the watching tower in Viru Bog. The tower has a roof, so there are no worries about the rain. Sometimes there may be mosquitoes here that carry no disease but are just annoying. Sunsets and sunrises in the bog are unforgetable.
  • Sagadi Manor (Sagadi mõis), Sagadi village, Vihula parish, 45403 Lääne-Virumaa (on the coast in the middle of the Lahemaa National Park, 90km from Tallinn), +372 676 7888 (, fax: +372 676 7880). The history of the manor goes back to more than 500 years and now Sagadi has become a well-known centre of nature education, culture and tourism. Offer the leisure-time programs for the groups.

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The official Estonian tourism website provides an extensive list of options for accommodation.

Lodging[edit]

Camping[edit]

You can put up tents free of charge in official "RMK" camping sites. Remember not to have any fires in places that are not meant for making a fire. Putting up a tent on private land is not allowed- you should ask permission from the owner.

There is no settlement in the bog, bring your own water and food.

Stay safe[edit]

In there forest there is a great possibility of catching a tick that can carry a disease (Tick-Borne Encephalitis or ehrlichia or borreliosis). Therefore a sufficient repellent is highly suggested. Also it is recommended to wear long, light clothes and examine your body in the evening to find any ticks.

The waterholes in bog may be tricky to get out of, and even dangerous, so better not step off the track!

Get out[edit]

  • Käsmu, small coastal village set in the Lahemaa National Park
  • Võsu, beach village in Lahemaa National Park

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