Brown bearSource: Remo Savisaar

Alutaguse National Park

Estonia’s newest national park contrasts with its surroundings—wild nature alternates with villages, ancient burial sites, and former mining areas.

This national park is remarkable for its native forests and deep marshes, reminiscent of the taiga.

Several endangered or rare species—such as willow ptarmigan and flying squirrels—make their homes in the forests and swamps of Alutaguse, their last suitable habitat.

Want to see bears with your own eyes?

Try staying overnight in one of the purpose-built bear-watching hides to observe them from a safe distance.

Endless opportunities for outdoor adventures

Discover the Puhatu-Agusalu swamps—these unique continental dunes are up to 18 meters high with good berry and mushroom forests, an off-the-beaten-path destination seldom visited even by locals. The Kurtna Lake system has more than 40 lakes in an area of ​​30 km2, attracting hikers, boaters, and campers. The ancient forest of the Poruni River can be explored on foot, and in winter, you can try snowshoeing or skiing in Muraka Bog.

What to do in Alutaguse National Park

Lake Peipsi — Europe's fifth-largest lake

The southern part of Alutaguse National Park borders Lake Peipsi or Lake Peipus, which attracts holidaymakers with its extensive sandy beaches and spectacular boating and fishing opportunities.

There are also plenty of activities in wintertime. Explore the frozen lake aboard a specially-built vehicle called a karakat. You can also try your hand at ice fishing or glide around on a kicksled.

Kauksi beach in Peipsi Lake

Source: Hetkeline

Get active on the north coast of Lake Peipsi

Every season has something special — and an extra season gives you extra time to see it all.

Expert tip: Exploring off-season will help off-load the pressure.

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