Estonian untouched nature is waiting for you. The hiking season is all-year-round, if you don’t mind the mud in autumn or snow in winter. There’s mobile phone coverage everywhere - so you can feel safe. You can access the internet with a laptop and mobile phone from 99% of Estonia.
Best maps for hikers are available in every Tourist Information Centre.
Estonians do not see themselves as hikers – it is just natural to walk and explore forests – perhaps to pick berries or mushrooms or to camp with friends. Most Estonian hikers prefer pine-forests as they are dry and easiest to walk in.
There are clearly marked trails for families in all the National Parks and each region of Estonia has accessible landscapes and recreational areas. Trails differ in length, most of these are between 1 and 7 km long. The longest hiking trail organised by the State Forest Management Centre (RMK) is 370 km long and it goes across whole Estonia. Trail's length is marked at all entrances.
Besides hiking trails these areas often have camp sites, huts and cottages where you can spend the night. Many areas have on-site nature centres and information desks providing local maps.
Try bog walking - it is an intriguing yet safe option. Your legs will not get wet but you will experience something unique.
To enjoy hiking in Estonia you will need good walking shoes, and depending on the season either very warm clothes including a hat and gloves or a light jacket with long sleeves. It would be handy to have a mobile phone with you in case there is an emergency.
NB! Wearing reflectors is mandatory in Estonia: please be sure to attach one to your clothing as well as to your backpack.
As a nature-loving country, Estonians hike everywhere. We suggest you visit:
- Nõva recreation area - in 2001, it was chosen as the place for Estonian Hiking Days. This is an area in North-West Estonia. Here you can find the sea, pine forests on the seashore, Swedish heritage along the coasts and endless supplies of berries and mushrooms.
- Kõrvemaa with its hills, lakes, and bulge-like elevations. Suitable for more experienced hikers as it requires some endurance.
- Kiidjärve-Kooraste recreation area. This is the place where you discover Big and Small Taevaskoda (“Heaven’s hall”), the Akste Ant World (big ant colony) and many other objects of interest.
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