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, 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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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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Cranberry hike in Soomaa bogs

Riisa Rant, Riisa küla, Tori vald, Pärnu maakond
+372 514 7572
Every Estonian loves cranberries. A local nature guide will introduce the wonderful bogs with numerous bog pools, soft hollows, and secret streams. We will give each participant snowshoes, which will make moving in the bogs easier. Fun fact: Estonians use cranberries to make juice and as a cure for diseases. The first cultivated cranberries were grown in Estonia, one of the varieties is named ‘Kuresoo’ (Crane Bog).
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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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Kasari meadow and Kloostri observation tower

Kloostri küla, Lääneranna vald, Pärnu maakond
+372 472 4236
The tower on the left bank of River Kasari offers magnificent views of the water-meadow which is a stopping place for ducks, geese, swans, and Charadriiformes during the spring flood. During summer, one might notice nesting storks and eagles near here, as well as moose and deer. The metal observation tower is 16 metres high (former border guard tower) and there is an open observation platform on the highest level. There is an information stand near the tower as well. Good to know: it might not be possible to access the tower without getting one's feet wet in the spring.
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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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Mihkli oak forest

LILLE, Mihkli küla, Lääneranna vald, Pärnu maakond
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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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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Seikle Vabaks bog shoe hike in Lindi Bog

AUDRU METS, Kavaru küla, Pärnu
+372 5650 0550
Lindi Bog is located in the 1,100 hectare Lindi Nature Reserve. As boardwalks have not been built in Lindi Bog, special bog shoes are perfect for discovering the picturesque beauty of the bog! If we are lucky, we may encounter wild animals in the bog, or at least see traces of their activity. We will complete the route and discover the bog on our own. Finally, we will head towards the observation tower, where we will dine and enjoy the view of the beautiful landscape. The trip includes: * A guide * A planned route * A light meal * Bog shoes 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 takes you on an exploration trip to Soomaa National Park! We will hike on foot or usin

Riisa küla, Tori vald, Pärnu maakond
+372 5650 0550
Throughout the year, we can take you on an exploration trip of the beautiful sites in Soomaa National Park, as well as share fascinating stories of local life! When hiking with us, you will receive: * quality tour guide services * a filling outdoor meal * if possible, we will visit the Nature Centre of the Soomaa National Park * we will hike along a boardwalk * we will climb a watchtower in order to admire the view of the swamp * we will try bogshoeing in the bog * we will enjoy a short water trip on a kayak or a canoe The hike lasts about 5 hours; minimum size of the group is 2 people. We also offer transfer from Pärnu to Soomaa for up to 6 people; price is 5 euros per person! The price of the hike is valid for a group of at least 6 people; if you have a smaller group, the price is arranged separately!
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Soomaa.com beaver safari and a canoe trip in Soomaa in the evening

Riisa Rant, Riisa küla, Tori vald, Pärnu maakond
+372 506 1896
Beavers prefer to move around in the night and rest during the daytime. Therefore, the beaver safaris with canoes take place in the evening, when beavers wake up, but the human eye still sees enough of what is going on. The guided canoe trips start near the Riisa Ranch guest house at 8 p.m. in June and July, and at 7 p.m. during the other months. We also offer transport services for those guests who are staying in Pärnu. We will pick you up at your hotel. The trip takes about four hours and the price includes the guide service and canoe equipment. Price for 1 person is €100, groups of 2 to 4 people €50, and groups of 5 to 9 people €40 per person. Transport from Pärnu costs €20 per person.  
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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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