Soomaa National Park boasts extensive bogs surrounded by forests, rivers, flood-meadows and flower-filled wooded meadows, where one can enjoy the silence and beauty of untouched nature.
Soomaa is best known for its extra season. The fifth season, as it's called, occurs when water from the spring thaw or heavy rain floods fields, roads, forests, and farmland, making boats the most reliable form of transportation.
More than half of the area of the Soomaa National Park consists of bogs and rivers surrounded by forest groves and colorful wooded meadows.
Even though the area floods several times a year, residents have adapted rather than fled—homeowners always have boats at hand. During the floods, you can take a guided canoe trip, paddling between the trees and gliding over the marshes. When the flooded water freezes in winter, it creates a magnificent skating rink, and you can get around on skates!
Soomaa is one of the best places in Europe to admire beavers in the wild. The shallow waters provide a stunning setting for watching sunrise or sunset, especially during spring and autumn. If you’re lucky, you may also see moose, roe deer, wild boars, lynx, and many bird species while boating through the forest groves.
Soomaa is charming all year round. Even if there are no floods, plenty of hiking trails and boardwalks take you through the park’s bogs and wetlands.
What to do:
Springtime in Estonia is a time of renewal. Foraging, birdwatching, and canoeing through flooded forests are just a few ways to enjoy the season.
Take a walk on the wild side with a winter hike and picnic. Pass through frozen bogs and silent, snowy forests — then warm up with a fireside snack.
Immerse yourself in wild, untouched nature by exploring Estonia on foot. Hiking in Estonia's bogs, forests, and coastal areas is possible year-round!
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