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Revision as of 14:23, 27 October 2009

Soomaa National Park [1] [2] is in Viljandimaa of Estonia. With 390km2 it's the second largest national park in Estonia.

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Understand

The national park, situated in Transitional Estonia, has been created to protect large raised bogs, flood plain grasslands, paludified forests and meandering rivers.

History

Established: 8 December 1993.

Landscape

The territory of the national park is mostly covered with large mires, separated from each other by the rivers of the Pärnu River basin — the Navesti, Halliste, Raudna and Lemmjõgi rivers.

On the eastern margin of the national park lie the highest dunes on the Estonian mainland, situated some 50 kilometres off the contemporary coastline.

Flora and fauna

Soomaa is home to, and a breeding zone for, rare European mammals including roe deer, elk, wild boars, beavers, lynx, wolves and brown bears. Soomaa bog is also a breeding ground for several rare bird species, including golden eagles, black storks, black grouse and capercaillies. It is a habitat for some rare orchids as well.

Climate

What makes Soomaa unique is the so called "fifth season" - the spring flood, which can raise the water level five metres above the low-water level! Everywhere floods - meadows, fields, forests, roads and sometimes even houses.

Get in

The visiting centre of the Soomaa National Park is located in Tõramaa.

Fees/Permits

Get around

Canoeing is one of the best ways to explore the watery wilderness of Soomaa and several canoe tour companies operate in the area.

You can also follow the many hiking and study trails on foot.

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