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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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, Allikukivi küla, Saarde vald, Pärnu maakond
You can see large underground caves on the slope of the Allikukivi old valley near Kilingi-Nõmme town. The caves, which 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 old valley as a small spring on its slope. Bring a flashlight and take a closer look at this mysterious place. Fun fact: according to a legend, a wealthy farm sank into the ground in this spot as punishment for refusing to give alms to a beggar during a wedding party.
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Audru polder

Valgeranna küla, Pärnu
+372 447 3000
A 2.5 kilometre path lines the road from Audru small town to Valgeranna beach. The first polder in Estonia lies south of the path – the Audru polder, which was set up in 1938 to avoid floods in the coastland of Pärnu Bay. The wet and wide 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 Special Protection Area.
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Birdwatching towers near the Pikla ponds

LUITEMAA L, Piirumi küla, Häädemeeste 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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Birdwatching with Estonian Nature Tours

Linnuse tee , Lihula linn, Lääneranna vald, Pärnu maakond
+372 477 8214
Best birding, mammal watching and other wildlife holidays in Estonia! Estonian Nature Tours has been a pioneer in developing nature and bird tourism throughout Estonia. We have more than 13 years experience in organising outstanding wildlife holidays in Estonia and the feedback from our clients has always been good to excellent. Short breaks are becoming increasingly popular and in response to the high demand for this type of holiday we are continuing to increase our programme. Many birdwatchers are keen to see something specific such as Steller´s Eider, Hazel Grouse, Ural, Pygmy and Hawk Owl, Three-toed Woodpecker or Great Snipe and Black Stork and can make a quick decision. We cater for just such needs and regularly organize highly focused trips in our country, and would be delighted to discuss your requirements further. Whether you are traveling alone, with a group of friends, or are organising a natural history expedition for a photographic club, university or natural history society, we have the expertise to arrange your journey to Estonia. Many of our travellers are loyal to the companies they already know, and may prefer to book with their own travel agents discovering new countries with their help. Estonian Nature Tours has worked with over twenty other companies around Europe setting up birdwatching and other holidays.
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Bogshoeing in Rääma bog by Seikle Vabaks

Hirvela põik 17 - 17A, Sauga alevik, Tori 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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Fotoretk Puhtu ja Laelatu looduskaitsealale

Puhtu tee 16, Virtsu alevik, Lääneranna vald, Pärnu maakond
+372 514 1542
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Hike in Tolkuse bog with Nurka Farm

Rannaku tee SURJU METS, Rannametsa küla, Häädemeeste 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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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
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 for crossing River Pärnu. The bridge is 67.5 metres long. 
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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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Lindi Nature Conservation Area observation tower

AUDRU METS, Kavaru küla, Pärnu
You can take a look at the Lindi Nature Conservation Area from the observation tower by the road, as unfortunately, no hiking trails have been constructed yet. You can go for a walk in the bog, but you have to make sure not to damage the delicate landscape. There is a rest area with a roof next to the observation tower, perfect for a break or a snack. Lindi bog and picturesque islets form the centre of the 11,000 hectare Lindi Nature Conservation Area by the Pärnu-Tõstamaa highway. There are also many different species of plants and birds, mire communities, and the surrounding forests (more than 20 different types!). Good to know! The southern part of the bog is rich in blueberries, cranberries, and mushrooms during autumn.
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Matsalu National Park and Nature Centre

PENIJÕE MÕ, Penijõe küla, Lääneranna vald, Pärnu maakond
+372 472 4236
The area of Matsalu National Park is 48,610 hectares, and it was created to protect the nesting, moulting and migrating birds. In 1976, Matsalu National Park was included to the list of wetlands of international importance under Ramsar convention. The national park encompasses Matsalu Bay, the lower course of the River Kasari, coastal reeds, the flooded meadows of the River Kasari, coastal pastures, wooded meadows, and about 50 islands. There are many nature trails and 7 birdwatching towers in Matsalu. Visitor Centre of the National Park is near Lihula, in the renovated Penijõe manor. The Nature Centre hosts an exhibition and has a classroom for nature education.
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Mihkli oak forest

LILLE, Mihkli küla, Lääneranna vald, Pärnu maakond
+372 447 3000
In Mihkli, you will find an oak forest that is almost 250 years old and spreads across 90 hectares. It is considered one of the most beautiful natural oak forests where nearly half of the trees are straight-stemmed oaks. Good to know! There are two stories about the origin of Mihkli oak forest. According to the first, the manor owner that lived next to Mihkli rectory was jealous of his neighbour’s park and decided to outdo the pastor by planting the oak forest. However, a more likely story is that the oak forest started growing 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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Penijõe bird observation tower

Penijõe küla, Lääneranna vald, Pärnu maakond
+372 513 8783
The 8-metre Penijõe observation tower has an open platform and there are benches at the top of the tower. The tower offers a view of the 3,000-hectare reed bed located between the delta branches of River Kasari. The reed bed is one of the most exciting habitats in Matsalu National Park. On spring nights, you can see bitterns in the reed-bed and hear sedge warblers, Savi's warblers, and crakes. In the summer, the inhabitants of the area hide themselves in the reed bed, up to 4 metres in height, and you might also see the marsh harrier or the white-tailed eagle gliding in the sky. You can take the Penijõe hiking trail to reach the observation tower.
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Seikle Vabaks birdwatching on the north coast of Pärnu Bay

AUDRU METS, Kavaru küla, Pärnu
+372 5650 0550
The northern coast of Pärnu Bay is very diverse, as it has birds from bogs as well as the coast: white-tailed eagles, black storks, the lesser spotted eagles, cranes, plague-necked Grebes, grouses, etc. Here, you can visit the Lindi Nature Reserve, the Kastna junipers, and the Kavaru coastal meadows with birdwatching towers. The trip includes: * A guide * A light meal * Binoculars * Bird identifiers We welcome all adventurous people, nature enthusiasts, or amateur birdwatchers regardless of their age! Ask us to also organise accommodation, a sauna, and a meal in Maria Farm or a trip in the bog! The price is valid for groups consisting of at least six people. If there are less than six people, the price is negotiable.
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Seikle Vabaks bog-shoe hike to Toonoja swamp island in the Soomaa National Park

Poe, Aesoo küla, Tori vald, Pärnu maakond
+372 5650 0550
Toonoja swamp island, located in Kuresoo bog, is the largest bog island in Soomaa National Park. There are a total of three locations which share the name Toonoja. The first location - a little bog village surrounded by a mire, was allegedly inhabited as early as the Stone Age; though today its only remaining building is a sauna. The second location is the Toonoja bog island - entitled the loneliest place in Estonia, and the third Toonoja is the stream that gives its name to the first two. This hiking excursion, lasting approximately 5–6 hours, includes the services of a guide, bog shoes and a rich outdoor meal which will undoubtedly, give any hiker an unforgettable experience. Those who desire to do so, may additionally reserve accommodation, sauna time and a dinner.
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Soomaa.com guided bog shoe hike in Soomaa National Park

Riisa Rant, Riisa küla, Tori vald, Pärnu maakond
+372 506 1896
Everyone who heads out on one of these hikes in Soomaa National Park is given a pair of bog shoes and will be led by a local guide, who will provide instructions and tell interesting stories about the area. You will get to experience the thrill of walking in places that would otherwise be inaccessible. Interesting to know: bog shoes have been around for a long time – they were first used by our ancestors for moving around in the bogs. The hikes last from 2 to 5 hours. The price depends on the size of the group. NB! We do not organise hikes during the period in spring when birds are nesting.
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Soomaa.com mushrooming trips

Riisa küla, Tori vald, Pärnu maakond
+372 506 1896
We are going to follow a local Soomaa tour guide to mushroom forests familiar to them in order to learn about various edible and inedible mushrooms. At the end of the day, we will use the mushrooms we have gathered for preparing a delicious mushroom meal. Estonians love mushrooming and gathering mushrooms for winter. We will explore different ways to preserve mushrooms, such as drying, pickling, salting and marinating. The season for mushroom trips begins in July and ends in October. Mushroom trips are also suitable for families with children.
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Vana-Pärnu bird watching tower

Vana-Pärnu, Pärnu linn, Pärnu
There is an 8-metre bird watching tower in the Vana-Pärnu meadow on the border of the river and the sea. You can see more than 100 different bird species here in different seasons and the area is particularly rich in birds from April to October. You can see birds in the reeds, on the coastal meadow and the sea from the tower. The tower also offers an interesting view of the mouth of the Pärnu River, the piers and the long sandy beach of the city. The distance from the car park to the tower is about 1 kilometre and there is also a good beach for swimming nearby. It is a great destination for a long walk or cycling trip as you will also see the lovely little streets of Vana-Pärnu on your way.
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