Autumn Bog Walking In Estonia
Tuesday, 19 October 2021
It's autumn 2021 and the Baltic States are starting to re-open, post-pandemic, so Linas and Jurga decide to take a road trip from Lithuania up to Estonia to test travel in post-Covid times.
One of the highlights of their trip was a bog-walking tour of Soomaa National Park in Estonia. Autumn is a beautiful time to visit the Baltic States, with the deciduous forests covering the landscape as a russet patchwork blanket. The land is bursting with goodness; berries, mushrooms and fruits are all there to be foraged and later enjoyed.
Here are some snapshots of an autumn bog-walk in Soomaa national park in Estonia - something we offer our clients all year round with a local guide and a picnic!
Soomaa National Park is vast, tranquil, calm and peaceful. It is a pure wilderness experience in Estonia. They even have a fifth season here. In spring, the land floods due to winter ice and snow melting - completely changing the landscape, its use and how the locals live their daily routines. The Soomaa local bog experts will welcome you to this land of mires, share their stories and guide you through this magical area of Europe.
Linas is off with his bog walking shoes ready while Jurga is ready to capture it all on camera.
Local Soomaa experts bring the bog to life with their expertise and stories.
Quaint rural charm is everywhere.
The bog is a delicate ecosystem.
Getting the hang of the shoes!
Canoeing in Soomaa.
The fifth season floods in Soomaa.
Kick-sledding in Soomaa!
You can explore Soomaa wearing special bog shoes, so your feet do not sink into the bog. This is a strange experience but very good for the leg muscles! There are also boardwalks throughout the bog so it is accessible for all. You can take a canoe and silently glide through the waters, this is rather special as it often allows you to get closer to wildlife as you silently explore. On a summer's evening, it is possible to canoe by moonlight - a memory you will treasure for sure. And in wintertime, you can kick-sled on the frozen bog, the water is so clear and you can see through the ice to the busy world below. You can also drink the clean. pure bog water in Soomaa - Linas sampled it, and apparently it is rather nice!
Blog written by Sally & Photos by Jurga at Baltic Holidays (Published: 19 October 2021)