Soomaa National Park
Soomaa National Park, which was created in 1993, is located on the border of Pärnu County and Viljandi County and is the second largest national park in Estonia. Soomaa has bogs that are almost completely untouched by human activity and rivers flowing in their natural beds, and it is truly one of the jewels of Estonian nature. Soomaa’s unique landscapes, bogs, floodplain meadows, and dunes provide new and surprising experiences every season. Soomaa's most distinctive feature is what the inhabitants of the local villages usually refer to as the "fifth season". According to the villagers, they have the four seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter, but also a fifth season of high water. More than 50 different RMK accommodation facilities are open to all visitors travelling on their own in Soomaa National Park and its surrounding areas, which span from Kurgja to Viljandi and Pärnu. Read more here.
Matsalu National Park
The predecessor of the national park, Matsalu Nature Reserve, was established in 1957 to protect birds and their nesting, moulting and stopover sites. In 2004, the reserve was given the status of a national park. Internationally known wetland is famous for its semi-natural habitats – flooded alluvial meadows, coastal meadows, alvars, wooded meadows and biggest reed bed in the Baltic Sea region. Bird migration is characteristical to Matsalu especially during spring and autumn. Read more here.