Nature holidays

Estonia’s summer capital Pärnu is first and foremost known for the warm and white sandy beach. In addition to the beautiful beach, however, the city also boasts large green parks and long avenues of trees, where it is nice to take a walk or a bicycle ride. The entire coastal area of Pärnu is a part of the nature preserve, with footpaths, a hiking trail, and observation towers established for better access. To get acquainted with the wildlife and environment, pay a visit to the Pernova Environmental Education Centre, located in a building with a grass roof.

You will find natural beaches, tranquil endless bogs and ancient forests in Pärnu County. Lots of hiking routes and bird observation towers are waiting for you. The floods in Soomaa National Park, also known as the fifth season, offer unforgettable sights during spring. Pärnumaa wildlife is closely linked to culture and history; all of these are combined in the Romantic Coastline route – a 250 kilometre journey down the coast of Pärnumaa with exotic diversions to the Kihnu Island and the interior.

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Adventurous day in Soomaa National Park

Riisa küla, Tori vald, Pärnu maakond
+372 514 7572
This adventurous day in Soomaa National Park is a combination of a bog-shoe hike and canoeing. An experienced guide leads you through the forest to Estonia's biggest bog –Kuresoo. A pair of special bog-shoes will help you in crossing parts of the bog you would otherwise be unable to, offering an unforgettable experience. The bog-shoes keep your head above water and protect the landscape at the same time! After a lunch in the great outdoors, we continue on with a relaxing canoe trip along the national park's rivers. NB! Transfers are available from Pärnu for an additional fee.
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Ajamatkad.ee hike for discovering the cultural heritage of the Kurese ancient landscape

Kurese küla, Koonga vald, Pärnu maakond
+372 5665 9543
We will see the legendary abandoned Kurese nucleated village with an irregular street pattern surrounded by stone fences. Such an abandoned settlement type is rare in both Estonia as well as entire Europe. This place offers picturesque views in all directions. We will also visit the site of the ancient settlement of Pakamäe, Kurese fortress with a circular rampart and sacred stones and springs. During the hike, we will talk about nature, local legends, life in the old Kurese village, Estonian pre-history, mythology and traditions. We will also have tea and buns. The hike is 6 km long and lasts for about 5–8 hours. For an extra fee, you can have a meal and a sauna after the hike. Further information about the hike is available HERE.
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Allikukivi Caves

Allikukivi küla, Saarde vald, Pärnu maakond
You can see large underground caves on the slope of the Allikukivi Valley near Kilingi-Nõmme town. The caves that were created by ground water were discovered in 1961. They are 33 m long and up to 2.7 m high. The ground water that gathers on the bottom of the caves runs into the valley as a small spring on its slope. Bring a torch and take a closer look at this mysterious place. Useful information! According to a legend, a wealthy farm sank into the ground at this place. It was punished because the family living on the farm refused to give alms to a beggar during a wedding party.
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Audru polder

Valgeranna küla, Audru vald, Pärnu maakond
+372 447 3000
A 2.5 kilometre avenue lines the road from Audru small town to Valgeranna beach. The first polder in Estonia lies south from the alley - the Audru polder, which was set up in 1938 to avoid flooding the coastland of Pärnu Bay. The wet and extensive polder, about 2,000 ha, has become a stopover for many migratory birds that pass through in spring and autumn. The polder is now an internationally important bird area.
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Birdwatching towers near the Pikla ponds

LUITEMAA L, Piirumi küla, Tahkuranna vald, Pärnu maakond
Near the Pikla ponds in Luitemaa Nature Protection Area, there are two birdwatching towers – one is between the ponds and the second one, which is not as high, is located on the beach. The towers are perfect for birdwatching because they provide a great view of the coastal meadow and the sea. The low and indented coast is a favourable place for feeding and stopping for a lot of waterbirds. The most numerous and important species include, for example, small and whooper swan, widgeon, mallard, goldeneye, smew, bar-tailed godwit, wood sandpiper, white-tailed eagle, and others.
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Bogshoeing in Rääma bog by Seikle Vabaks

Hirvela põik 17, Sauga alevik, Sauga vald, Pärnu maakond
+372 5650 0550
You don't always have to drive dozens of kilometres to enjoy hiking in a bog. You can do that right outside a big city! Rääma bog is the perfect place for an active vacation; here, you can bogshoe and learn more about nature! The bog that is almost as big as Pärnu is a home to many bird and wild animal species. Come, bring your camera and a friend and discover the beautiful landscape of Rääma bog! The hike includes: Services of a guidePrepared routeLight meal outdoorsBogshoesAn unforgettable adventure!Price is valid for a group consisting of at least 6 people. For groups of less than 6, price is agreed separately.
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Hike in Tolkuse bog with Nurka Farm

Rannaku tee NURKA, Piirumi küla, Tahkuranna vald, Pärnu maakond
+372 660 5418
We will go for a relaxed hike with the hostess of Nurka Farm along the boardwalks and foot paths of Tolkuse bog, learn about the plants, and tell folk tales and bog legends. There is a dark bog-pool which the boldest participants can use to go for a swim. We will rest, have a picnic, and climb a watchtower high on the sand dunes, from where we can admire the entire Luitemaa nature reserve. In clear weather, we might also see Pärnu, Kihnu, and Latvia. The hike has been recognised with the EHE (Genuine and Interesting Estonia) quality mark and we organise it in accordance with the client's wishes and possibilities. Tolkuse bog is 5 km from Nurka Farm. We will go to the bog through the pine grove on the dunes or go to the start of the hiking trail by car.  
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Hike to the mystical circle of trees in Viruna - Quard of rings

Viruna, Kiraste küla, Tõstamaa vald, Pärnu maakond
+372 445 7751
How do you load your batteries and relieve stress and exhaustion? Nature, the earth, the sun, water, air, the gentlest of noises of nature, wind, birds, rain – they all help... In Viruna, you can find the untouched nature of Estonia and mystical oak circles. There are two circles near the farm, and the third is 1.5 km away. The locals are said to visit those circles for healing, because these places have a good effect on health. Within three hours, you should be able to visit all three. The magical and mythological history of this place is emphasized by the tales that the master of the farm tells you about the supernatural inhabitants of the swamp. After the hike, you can order a meal or a lunch.
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Hikes on kicksleds by soomaa.com

Riisa küla, Tori vald, Pärnu maakond
+372 506 1896
In winter, when the rivers and water meadows of Soomaa have frozen over and the weather conditions are favourable, you are welcome to try riding on a kicksled! The Finnish sleds or kicksleds make it fun to hike on frozen flood areas or forest roads. When planning the route of the hike, we will take into consideration your wishes, experiences, and the weather conditions. The sled hike will last for two or three hours and is also suitable for children!
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Jalgsimatk Kihnu saare looduses koos lugude ja legendidega

Tolli, Sääre küla, Kihnu vald, Pärnu maakond
+372 527 7380
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Jõesuu suspension bridge

Limbo, Jõesuu küla, Tori vald, Pärnu maakond
The Jõesuu Village in Pärnu County is named after rivers. This is where River Navesti flows into River Pärnu. The longest suspension bridge in Pärnu County, the Jõesuu suspension bridge, was built in 1975 and crosses River Pärnu. The bridge is 67.5 metres long. 
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Jõhvikamatk Soomaa rabades

Riisa Rant, Riisa küla, Tori vald, Pärnu maakond
+372 514 7572
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Kabli bird centre

Kabli linn, Kabli küla, Häädemeeste vald, Pärnu maakond
+372 5396 4464
In autumn, a giant, 17-metre high mesh net is erected at the Kabli bird centre in order to catch birds to be ringed and to study their migratory habits – activities that have been ongoing at the centre for 40 years. Here you will discover the secrets of bird migration, witness ornithology in practice and enjoy the beautiful coastal landscape. There is a fascinating study trail covering the 1.8 km between the bird centre and the Kabli nature centre, along which you come across information stands, all manner of bird’s nests and several towers for bird-watching and nature appreciation.
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Kalevipoja Vestitaskukivi e. Võnnukivi

Urumarja küla, Tori vald, Pärnu maakond
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Kanuu.ee bog shoe hike in Rääma bog

Turba tänav , Pärnu
+372 5391 7027
Come on a hike in a bog with cowberries and colourful leaves in the autumn or visit it in the winter, floating on thick snow. During spring, the nature awakens, streams ripple and birds sing; in the summer, the bog is enticing with its warm pools suitable for a swim. During the hike, we can learn about plants in the bog, and when observing quietly, we might also spot wild animals that live there. Take along a camera so you could record these precious moments! Duration of the hike is 1–5 hours (as arranged). The price includes bog shoes, services of a guide and a meal. You can travel to the start of the hike on your own, or we can offer transport for an extra fee of 4 euros per person. Take along: Clothes and footwear suitable for weather conditions, and ofcourse, come in good spirits!
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Kihnu lighthouse

Pitkänä la, Rootsiküla, Kihnu vald, Pärnu maakond
+372 514 8835
Kihnu lighthouse is situated on the southernmost tip of Pitkänä peninsula. It was brought here in 1864 from England, dismounted, and was reassembled on site. It is one of four cast iron lighthouses that remain standing on our shores. The tower is white, conical in shape and equipped with a lamp locker and balcony. The height of the light from sea level is 31 m and 29 m from the ground. From 2013 it is possible to climb the tower and admire the beautiful views of the surrounding area. Did you know...? *The lighthouse was built at the same time as those of Vormsi and Virtsu and is externally similar to them
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Koksi Farm oak tree

Lemsi küla, Kihnu vald, Pärnu maakond
There are two nature conservation areas on the island of Kihnu: the Kihnu Special Conservation Area and the Sangelaiu Protected Area on the islets of the same name off the north-western coast of the island. There are many protected natural sites and objects in these areas - one of which is the Koksi oak tree. Growing on the lands of Koksi Farm, the tree is also known as the Lemsi Village oak. It measures 3.1 metres in circumference and grows to a height of 26 metres. It has been under protection since 1938.
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Lindi Nature Conservation Area

Kõpu küla, Tõstamaa vald, Pärnu maakond
Lindi Fen and its small and picturesque lakes form the centre of the 11,000 hectare Lindi Nature Conservation Area by the Pärnu-Tõstamaa Road. There are also many different plant and bird species, swamp communities and forests (more than 20 different types!). You can take a look at the nature conservation area from the viewing tower by the road as no hiking tracks have been built yet. You can go for a walk in the swamp, but you have to make sure you will not damage the delicate landscape. Useful information! The southern part of the swamp is rich in blueberries, cranberries and mushrooms in autumn.
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Manija Landscape Protection Area and Island Centre

Manilaiu t, Manija küla, Tõstamaa vald, Pärnu maakond
+372 514 8917
Manija, the second largest island in the Pärnu County, is only 4.5 km in length and 0.5 km in width. The entire island is covered by the Manija landscape protection area, which was established in 1991, and is one of its kind because there human activities must not be restricted, but vice versa, encouraged: Promote the local cattle-breeding so that the local cultural heritage landscapes would recover and endure.  The island's nature is special thanks to the growth of rare plants, coastal meadows filled with the singing of coastal birds, and the loud sound of natterjack toads. The four erratic boulders on the island are also objects of the ancient nature. Information about the nature, people, and culture of the Manija Island can be inquired from the Manija Island Centre.
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Mihkli Oak Forest

Mihkli küla, Koonga vald, Pärnu maakond
+372 447 3000
At Mihkli, you will find an imposing oak forest that is almost 250 years old and spread over 90 hectares. It is considered once of the most beautiful natural oak forests where nearly a half of the trees are straight-stemmed oaks. Useful information! There are two stories about the history of Mihkli Oak Forest. The first of them says that the squire living next to Mihkli rectory became jealous of his neighbour’s park and decided to get one up on the rectory by planning the oak forest. There is more truth to the story that the oak forest appeared due to the small bird known as the Eurasian jay, who buries acorns for the winter and the ones left uneaten grow into new oak trees.
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