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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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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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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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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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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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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Manija Landscape Protection Area and Island Centre

Manilaiu t - Manija Kül, Manija küla, Pärnu
+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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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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Mole of Pärnu

Muuli tn 8A - PÄRNU TULE, Pärnu linn, Pärnu
Pärnu has always been an important harbour. To prevent sand build-up in the mouth of the river, moles made of logs were built there in 1769, as ordered by Empress Catherine II. From 1863 to 1864, new moles were built of rocks that were transported there from the beaches of Häädemeeste and Kihnu. The length of both moles was just over two kilometres. The mole on the left bank of the river has become the symbol of Pärnu. The mole has gained a romantic reputation as a place for lovers to walk on; however, before taking a walk there, be sure to check the water level! At times, the mole can be left completely under water, but when the water level is low, you can even see the ends of the wooden poles of the previous mole.
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Observation towers and cows on the Pärnu coastal meadow

Papiniidu tänav 92, Pärnu linn, Pärnu
The bird observation towers built at the end of Papiniidu and Hirve Street on the coastal meadow in Pärnu are perfect for observing birds and admiring the coastal meadow and the bay. Both rectangular towers have a unique wooden frame which means that they will not sway with the wind and you can undisturbedly observe the birds. The towers are 8 metres high and at the top, there are information stands with drawings of birds and the protected plants growing on the coastal meadow. The reserve was established here as early as in 1958 to protect rare meadows which are rich in species.  In May, cows are brought here to maintain the meadows as they eat the reed and look adorable doing so. They are kept here until October.  
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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 in Tolkuse bog

Rannametsa küla, Häädemeeste vald, Pärnu maakond
+372 5650 0550
The Luitemaa Nature Protection Area is one of the most unique landscapes in Estonia. Some of Estonia's tallest and most beautiful sand dune pine woods grow here. The local bog, Tolkuse, is also the most famous bog in the area at nearly 6,500 years of age. With around 40 bog pools it is surrounded by the highest sand dunes in Estonia! The highest point of the dunes, Tõotusemägi hill, is an ancient sacred site where people sacrificed already 1000 years ago. Trekkers taking part in this expedition will enjoy a prepared hiking route, the services of a guide, a light out-door meal, and Bog shoes as well as an unforgettable adventure! The price is valid for groups with a minimum of 6 people. Groups smaller than 6 are encouraged to contact the expedition company to arrange pricing.
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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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Tori Hell cave

Pärnu maantee 2 - 2, Tori alevik, Tori vald, Pärnu maakond
You will find a mysterious cave in the steep riverbank in Tori! The place has been known as Tori Hell as you can go deep into the ground from the cave. This is the reason why there are so many folk stories and legends about the place. The cave was created by the water in the streams eroding the Devon sandstone bank of the Pärnu River. The opening of Tori Hell was 6 metres in diameter and some sources say that the ‘passage to hell’ was 32 metres long. The ceiling of the cave collapsed in 1908 and its mouth in 1974. You can no longer go into the cave, but steps by the cemetery gates will take you to this beautiful and mysterious place.
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Valgeranna observation tower

DOBERANI K, Valgeranna küla, Pärnu
Valgeranna is historically known for its beautiful white sandy beaches. The local virgin nature and many possibilities for having an active vacation attract many holidaymakers and athletes. A beautiful promenade takes you from the car park straight to the sea, where you will find a 9 m observation tower with three platforms; the top platform is a great place to observe swimmers and adventure park visitors as well as the surrounding nature.
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Virtsu tuletorn

VIRTSU TUL, Virtsu alevik, Lääneranna vald, Pärnu maakond
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Virussaare bog hike along the ancient trails on bog shoes

Eense küla, Põhja-Pärnumaa vald, Pärnu maakond
+372 5665 9543
Following ancient trails, Virussaare bog hike takes us to the most mysterious places in Estonia. There is hardly another swamp island in Estonia as rich in legends as Virussaare. It is covered in a deep wail of mystery. The keywords of the hike are the picturesque Kõima bog, Virussaare groves and the site of an ancient Estonian fortification. We will sing old runic songs accompanied by a zither and merge with the history of this place through old songs, rhythms and sounds. The price includes an invigorating cup of tea, rental of bog shoes, and the services of two tour guides with runic songs and zither. The price is for one person, if the group consists of 8–12 people.
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