Lahemaa is Estonia's largest national park and includes coastline, forest, peat bogs and large Ice Age boulders. An hour away by car, it makes a perfect day trip from Tallinn, although you easily spend much longer exploring.
We started our visit at the national park visitor centre at Palmse Manor. Although small, the staff were friendly and knowledgeable and small maps were available to buy with all the main sights clearly marked. There were interesting displays about the area, but most of the descriptions were only in Estonian so we did't stay long.
The manor looked very impressive from the outside, but we'd been advised that it took a few hours to explore, time we unfortunately didn't have, so we admired it from afar and carried on.
Our next stop was Kasmu, on the coast. We drove to the end of the road, parked up and joined the start of the Kasmu Nature and Culture Trail. It was clearly signposted with plenty of information about the area. We were particularly interested in the erratic boulders which are randomly scattered everywhere.
We had a very tasty lunch at a little cafe that was signposted from the main road in Kasmu before continuing to Tammispea to see an even bigger boulder that's hidden in the forest there. At nearly 8m high, it is very impressive.
As we headed back towards Tallinn on E20, we took a slight detour to follow the Viru Bog Nature Trail, a boardwalk across the peat bog. A nice gentle walk that passed a viewing platform; well worth climbing up for a fantastic view of the area.
Our final stop was Jagala waterfall, not strictly in Lahemaa, but at 8m tall, well worth a visit.
There was so much more that we could have done, but it was lovely to get out of the city and explore some of Estonia's natural charms.
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