11 Reasons To Visit A Bog On Your Estonia Roadtrip by Rugged Roadtrips

Source: Karl Ander Adami / Visit Estonia

11 Reasons To Visit A Bog On Your Estonia Roadtrip by Rugged Roadtrips

German documentary filmmaker and travel writer Lucas T. Jahn, together with his wife Anna lists 11 reasons to explore the popular lake-turned-wetland type of landscape in Estonia. A bog is "enchanting in its silence and natural beauty".

"Bogs are part of Estonias identity in the same way that mountains are for Austria and beaches for Italy."

- L.T.J

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RUGGED ROADTRIPS captures the couple's passion for remote travel destinations and aims to inspire people to explore nature.

The bog is the oldest organic landscape in Estonia, reaching as far as the last ice age. Over the next thousands of years, plants grew and died producing peat. Every year, one layer of partially decomposed organic material is added to the mossy surface of the bog. Bogs can be seen as large sponges that can store huge amounts of water.

If you get the chance to visit bogs during different seasons, you will be astonished by the constant change. Whereas they are blossoming in the spring and summer, they will be completely frozen and covered in ice during winter. Each season has its special character and it is worth visiting them more than once. – L.T.J

The silence in a bog can almost be deafening. Not that Estonia is a particularly loud country, but visiting the bogs will allow you to get away from the comparative bustle of Tallinn or Tartu. Take a seat on one of the benches and listen to the sounds of the birds in the distance or the gentle rustle of the leaves. – L.T.J

Viru bog is one of the most accessible and closest bogs to Tallinn. It passes through the forest and bog landscapes characteristic of Lahemaa National Park.

It won't take you longer than 90 minutes to arrive at one of several bogs close to Tallinn. As a bonus, you will get to see the Estonian countryside with its small villages. – L.T.J

"The soft underground will have you look like a graceless seal trying to move on land." 

– L.T.J

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A number of bogs have official swimming spots as well, so take your towel with you and enjoy the soft and very skin-friendly acidic dark water.

When the summer temperatures in Estonia reach a scorching 28° Celsius, there is barely another way to cool down. Just before Estonians reach their boiling point, they jump into the refreshing bog waters. Several platforms with ladders help swimmers to get in and out. Be aware that getting out of the bog without a ladder can be quite a challenge. The soft underground will have you look like a graceless seal trying to move on land.– L.T.J


For more reasons to visit a bog in Estonia, read the full article published on Rugged Roadtrips

Last updated : 10.08.2020

In category: Nature & Wildlife