TOP 10 hiking trails

Source: Sven Zacek

TOP 10 hiking trails

Hiking, running, biking - whatever your activity of choice, Estonia’s nature trails will take you through national parks, forests, bogs and along the sea. Breathe some of the purest air in the world and follow in the tracks of fox, rabbits and moose. The following trails range from easy to advanced, some even accessible for wheelchair users.

Kakerdaja Fen hiking trail

Järva maakond, Vetepere küla

A fen is a type of wetland mire. Kakerdaja is one of the largest fens in Kõrvemaa. It covers an area of approximately 1000 hectares. The most unique feature of this picturesque fen is that it has two levels of different height. Thousands of water birds stop on the fen in spring and autumn. Lake Kakerdaja can be found right in the middle of the fen.

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Keila-Joa Park nature trail

Harju maakond, Keila-Joa alevik

This 3 km long round-shaped nature trail in Keila-Joa Park runs along the banks of the River Keila and through the Keila-Joa Park. There is an information board with a map and general information at the beginning of the trail, and 8 information points on the trail introducing the most important natural objects and the park's history.  The stairs and suspension bridges in the park have been reconstructed. At the beginning of the trail, there is a car park, and several benches have been placed on the trail for resting your legs. Make sure to check out Mati Karmin's sculpture of hearts to which fresh couples attach their wedding padlocks.  

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Viru Bog trail

Harju maakond, Kolga alevik

Viru Bog is one of the most accessible bogs in Estonia. Complete with a 3.5-kilometre trail marked with signposts, it passes through the forest and marsh landscapes typical of Lahemaa National Park. This trip gives everyone the opportunity to learn about the area's flora, former sand dunes, ridges and heath woodlands while on the go. The bog's boardwalk winds its way through the landscape and pauses with a viewing tower that provides a scenic overview of the bog terrain. Did you know...?: The boardwalk leading up to the viewing tower is accessible to wheelchair users and the entrance to the viewing platform was also designed with accessibility in mind.

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Oandu-Ikla hiking trail

Lääne-Viru maakond, Oandu küla

The RMK hiking trail is the first hiking trail to pass through all of Estonia. Covering 370 km, the trail starts in Northern Estonian at Oandu in Lahemaa National Park and leads through the thick Kõrvemaa forests and then onto the Soomaa National Park - one of the most magnificent marshlands in Europe. Outfitted with kilometre marks and signposts to help you stay on the right path, information boards along the trail introduce information on Estonian forestry and the country's forest-related heritage and culture, as well as opportunities for relaxation. Passing through a total of six counties, two national parks and nine nature reserves the hiking trail ends at the border between Estonia and Latvia in Ikla.

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Taevaskoda nature trail

Põlva maakond, Taevaskoja küla

Taevaskoda hiking trail is located in the Ahja River Landscape Reserve. The trail starts in the Saesaare car park and runs along both banks of the Ahja River, where the outcrops of Väike and Suur Taevaskoda, caves with springs and picturesque views catch your eye. At the beginning of the hiking trail, there is an information board with a map of the recreational area, and along the trail, signs in Estonian, English and Russian help you find the way. Visitors in a wheelchair can explore the trail until Väike Taevaskoda (about 2 km back and forth). Good to know: due to a cave-in at Emaläte, the part of the trail leading upwards from Emaläte is closed to visitors.

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Harilaiu hiking trails and camping site

Saare maakond, Kõruse-Metsaküla

Harilaiu Peninsula is the most beautiful and ancient part of Vilsandi National Park. It has been a protected area for fauna, flora and geology since 1924. Harilaiu hiking trail starts from the car park of the Harilaiu recreation site of the State Forest Management Centre. The longer 10 km marked trail passes over the Harilaiu isthmus and runs to the Kiipsaare lighthouse in the north west; after this, it follows the dunes on the beach to Kelba point and then back to the beginning of the trail. The 6 km trail splits from the longer trail in the middle of the peninsula and runs towards Haabade Bay where it joins the longer trail again in the south. You can take a break and put up a tent by Laialepa Bay. It would be sensible to visit the Vilsandi information point in Loona first.

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Vapramäe-Vellavere-Vitipalu hiking trails

Tartu maakond, Vissi küla

Vapramäe, Vellavere and Vitipalu are areas with beautiful nature that are connected by a network of hiking trails. You can come and look around on your own, or order guide services and a hiking package. The most valuable features of the landscape protection area are its diverse terrain, the sand outcrop of the valley of the River Elva and the flooded meadows that have been preserved and restored on the flood plains. When walking in Vapramäe, you will get an excellent workout from walking across the eskers; during the walk, you can read the legends of Kalevipoeg. Vellavere will enchant you with its village landscape. Vellavere and Vapramäe have Nature Houses. When walking along our trail, you'll come across a witch's dwelling, a forest cabin, a watchtower, climbing attractions and a village swing.

Hüpassaare Study Trail

Viljandi maakond, Karjasoo küla

The 5-kilometre long Hüpassaare hiking trail winds through stunning forest to the Kuresoo bog. The trail starts at a campfire site, where it is possible to grill and camp. The boardwalk passes through a landscape of unique, oval-shaped bog pools to a viewing platform where you can rest your legs and admire the tranquility of the bog. The boardwalk then takes you to a bog island, where you can observe the to-ings and fro-ings of the resident crows, and onto a meadow covered with a scattering of trees. At the end of the trail, you will find the Mart Saar Museum.

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RMK Rannametsa-Tolkuse Nature and Study Trail

Pärnu maakond, Rannametsa küla

The dunes of Rannametsa have always been a popular place among hikers. A nature and study trail, as well as information boards have been built there to better introduce the Luitemaa Nature Reserve to visitors. The circular trail, which partly runs on a boardwalk, passes through the pine forest on the dunes and Tolkuse bog and leads to the largest bog-pool of the bog. The trail includes several points of interest, bog lakes, and rest spots. Next to the trail, there is an 18-metre-high observation tower on the highest dune in Estonia, Tornimägi, which provides a magnificent view of Tolkuse bog and Pärnu Bay. The nature trail is a perfect location for a family hike and for enjoying nature.

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Mukri bog nature trail

Rapla maakond, Reonda küla

Mukri bog not far from Eidapere was once a lake, but formed some 9000 or 10,000 years ago. It is thought to be one of Estonia's oldest bogs. Did you know...? *Mukri bog has a 14-metre viewing tower. *A boardwalk leads the way through the bog. *Lake Mukri covers 2.2 ha and is full of little islands. *If you're not afraid of inky black water, the bog is perfect for swimming. *You can pick berries in the bog. *Mukri bog is one of the few wetland areas in Estonia you can get across without getting your feet. *If the boardwalk seems too pedestrian, you can always try bog-shoeing.

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Last updated : 16.05.2018

In category: South Estonia, Activities & Adventure, Nature & Wildlife