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'''Lahemaa National Park''' is in [[Lääne-Virumaa]] of [[Estonia]].
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'''Lahemaa National Park''' [http://www.lahemaa.ee/?id=670] [http://www.visitestonia.com/en/destinations/national-parks/lahemaa] is in [[Estonia]].
[http://www.lahemaa.ee/?id=670 official site]
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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
 
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.  
 
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.  
[http://www.lahemaa.ee/?id=14813 More info:]
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===History===
 
===History===
  
 
===Landscape===
 
===Landscape===
Many forests, swamps and bogs. Sea-side.
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Many forests, swamps, bogs and beaches.
[http://web.zone.ee/vosumatk/index.htm Several pictures of forest and seaside area]
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===Flora and fauna===
 
===Flora and fauna===
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The park is large and has many interesting places to go. Therefore it is hard to give one and only direction getting there.  
 
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 meters via this smaller road towards Loksa (direction north) there is the start point to Viru bog on Your right.
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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.  
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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.
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Better to buy a map from any petrol station in Tallinn before you go.
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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
  
 
==Fees/Permits==
 
==Fees/Permits==
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==See==
 
==See==
 
Viru raba (Viru bog) has 5km foottrack and watching tower.
 
Viru raba (Viru bog) has 5km foottrack and watching tower.
[[Image:Viruraba.jpg|thumb|Viru raba before sunrise in summer time]]
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[[Image:Viruraba.jpg|thumb|Viru bog before sunrise in summer time]]
 
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.
 
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.
 
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
 
Hiking
 
There is a number of marked trails in the park
 
There is a number of marked trails in the park
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*<do name="Sagadi Manor" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="www.sagadi.ee" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The complex of Sagadi manor is located on the North coast of Estonia in the middle of the beautiful nature of Lahemaa National Park, 90 km from Tallinn. 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.
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</do>
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==Buy==
 
==Buy==
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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*<eat name="Sagadi Manor" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.sagadi.ee" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Sagadi Manor situates in Lahemaa National Park. There is a nice restaurant specialized to game dishes. </eat>
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
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The official Estonian tourism website provides an extensive list of options for [http://www.visitestonia.com/en/holiday-destinations/national-parks/lahemaa accommodation].
  
 
===Lodging===
 
===Lodging===
  
 
===Camping===
 
===Camping===
You can put You tent free of charge to official "RMK" camping sites. Also there is nothing too wrong to camp outside the special site, but remember not to do any fire in a place that is not meant for making a fire. Putting up a tent on a private land is not allowed, You should ask permission from owner.
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You can put up tents free of charge in official "RMK" camping sites. Also there is nothing wrong with camping outside the special site, but 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.
  
In 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 no worries about the rain. Some times there may be mosquitos, that carry no disease here but are just annoying.
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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![http://www.studioleon.ee/pood/large.php?id=301&orderby=DESC&sortby=added]
 
Sunsets and sunrises in the bog are unforgetable![http://www.studioleon.ee/pood/large.php?id=301&orderby=DESC&sortby=added]
 
[http://www.studioleon.ee/pood/large.php?id=246&orderby=DESC&sortby=added]
 
[http://www.studioleon.ee/pood/large.php?id=246&orderby=DESC&sortby=added]
  
===Backcountry===
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There is no settlement in the bog, bring your own water and food.
  
 
==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
In forest there is a great possibility to catch a tick who can carry a disease (Tick-Borne Encephalitis or ehrlichia or borreliosis).
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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 body in the evening to early find any ticks.
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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 and even dangerous, so better not step off the track.
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The waterholes in bog may be tricky to get out of, and even dangerous, so better not step off the track!
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
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* '''[[Käsmu]]''', small coastal village set in the Lahemaa National Park
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* '''[[Võsu]]''', beach village in Lahemaa National Park
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< name="Altja" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.sagadi.ee/manor/surroundings/coastal-villages" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""> – former summer residence, tavern and net sheds of Sagadi manor.
  
 
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[[nl:Nationaal Park Laheema]]
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[[wts:Category:Lahemaa National Park]]

Revision as of 20:10, 3 June 2012

Lahemaa National Park [1] [2] is in Estonia.

Contents

Understand

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.

History

Landscape

Many forests, swamps, bogs and beaches.

Flora and fauna

Climate

Get in

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

Fees/Permits

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

See

Viru raba (Viru bog) has 5km foottrack and watching tower.

Viru bog before sunrise in summer time

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.

Do

Hiking There is a number of marked trails in the park

  • Sagadi Manor, [3]. The complex of Sagadi manor is located on the North coast of Estonia in the middle of the beautiful nature of Lahemaa National Park, 90 km from Tallinn. 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.

Buy

Eat

  • Sagadi Manor, [4]. Sagadi Manor situates in Lahemaa National Park. There is a nice restaurant specialized to game dishes.

Drink

Sleep

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

Lodging

Camping

You can put up tents free of charge in official "RMK" camping sites. Also there is nothing wrong with camping outside the special site, but 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.

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![5] [6]

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

Stay safe

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

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

< name="Altja" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.sagadi.ee/manor/surroundings/coastal-villages" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""> – former summer residence, tavern and net sheds of Sagadi manor.

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