Ancient Estonian landscape
The soil rises like a dough and the peat moss turns into peat as it decays, with most Estonian bogs having a peat layer 3-6 metres thick. Deepest peat layer is found nearby Estonia's highest hill Suur Munamägi, where the peat layer is about 17 metres thick. Estonian mires have accumulated an immense amount of peat – around 1,600 tons per capita. A significant amount of this peat is exported, while the rest is used as widely as from energetics to cosmetics industries. Locals' favourite mires in North Estonia are Lahemaa and Viru bogs, and Soomaa and Matsalu in South Estonia. Matsalu National Park is the most important stopover and feeding site for migratory birds on their journey between the Arctic and western Europe. The hillocks of Karula National Park in southern Estonia were created by the uneven melting of continental ice. These hillocks, covered with forests, fields and meadows, conceal around 40 lakes. Bogs have a special place in Estonian folklore, being the setting for supernatural events in local stories. If you long for a truly inspiring experience, watch the sun rise over a misty bog and you will soon realise why.
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