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Lahemaa National Park
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Day Tour to Lahemaa National Park from Tallinn
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Reviewed 3 July 2017

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.

6  Thank Jellybellydancer
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Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

It is just over a kilometre to the main viewing spot but those who are fit and enthusiastic can walk much further on the raised wooden walkways over the bogs. Insect repellent is a good idea. Note that toilet facilities are not available though there is a primitive toilet near the coach park. I recommend a visit as I have never seen countryside quite like this.

1  Thank Richard G
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Reviewed 30 May 2017

This was our second Baltic boardwalk after Kemeri, and we enjoyed it even more. It is a great place for a break if you are driving from Tallinn to Saaremaa or to Pärnu. The walk we took started just a kilometre north of Risti, on the way to Piirsalu. It's called the Viru Bog Trail (there are additional reviews on TripAdvisor under that name). The walk starts from the carpark, a few hundred metres off the road, and starts in open countryside before entering a beech forest, the trees relatively low and slender because of the thin topsoil. Following the well-maintained boardwalk, you slowly leave the forest and the ground becomes marshy, the vegetation changing accordingly. Further still, the mature bog starts, and finally you reach a three-floor viewing tower surrounded by mysterious black ponds. All the way, the boardwalk has information tables explaining how a bog forms, and its characteristic flora and fauna. You walk back to the car along the same path, but this is no hardship as you experience the transition from bog to marsh to forest in the other direction. The boardwalk is so well maintained that it should be suitable for push-chairs and wheelchairs, though obviously they cannot ascend the viewing platform. The guidebooks state that the walk is 3.5 km, but it seemed longer (perhaps because we took so long studying the - for us Middle Europeans - strange landscape). Close to the walk are two stately homes - Palmse and Sagadi - which do open to the public but we didn't have time to visit them.

3  Thank Tony E
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

Takes anything from 6-9 hours depending on the bigness of the group .
There is a walking trail in the park that brings you to nature so one must have walking shoes when visiting this place .
A great experience .
Book from travel agency for shared travel of upto 8 people we booked through Tallinn Travel Tours recommended by the Information office in the old city and they were really efficient .

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Reviewed 10 March 2017

Lahemaa NP is easy to reach from Tallinn when you rent a car . It's worth exploring , there are a lot of walking tracks and maybe you get the chance of seeing some wildlife . In didn't see it , but maybe I was travelling in the wrong period . But you can certainly enjoy a few lovely villages and estates in the midst of a beautiful nature . Always worth the detour .

1  Thank Jan G
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