Lõpe küla, Alutaguse vald, Ida-Viru maakond
The Kotka hiking trail showcases different types of bogs and other wetland features. It passes by a sand ridge which developed over thousands of years as the result of the retreat of Lake Peipus. The transition the landscape makes to marshland is sudden and provides an interesting contrast for hikers. Following the boardwalk, you will see all manner of wetland features, from turf and hollows to bog pools and small lakes. At the mid-point of the trail are a cabin and a traditional Estonian structure, similar to a tepee, known as a ‘summer kitchen’. The trail begins in Iisaku and ends in Rüütli bog in the village of Alliku. It is 8 km long in total, although there is also a shorter, 1.5 km boardwalk in the Rüütli bog.
The full trail begins in the car park by the cemetery in the village of Iisaku. The shorter boardwalk starts in the Rüütli bog. You can access it from the Kotka bus stop, which is 1 km from Iisaku in the direction of Tartu. A sign on the side of the road directs you to the hiking trail, which is 5 km away.