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Soomaa National Park, Estonia
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Soomaa National Park is national park in south-western Estonia. Soomaa ("land of bogs") protects 390 km², and is a Ramsar site of protected wetlands. The park was created in 1993.GeographyThe national park, situated in Transitional Estonia, has been created to protect large raised bogs, flood plain grasslands, paludified forests and meandering rivers. The territory of the national park is mostly covered with large mires, separated from each other by the rivers of the Pärnu River basin — the Navesti, Halliste, Raudna and Lemmjõgi rivers. Of the raised bogs, the most noteworthy is the Kuresoo raised bog, whose steep southern slope, falling into the Lemmejõgi, rises by 8 metres over a distance of 100 m.On the eastern margin of the national park lie the highest dunes on the Estonian mainland, situated some 50 kilometres off the contemporary coastline. The most characteristic coastal formations of the predecessor of the present Baltic Sea, the Baltic Ice Lake (11 200–10,600 years ago), which marks the one-time water level, are situated on the north-western and western edges of the Sakala Upland. The Ruunaraipe Dunes are the highest of the area. The dune ridge, winding from northwest to southeast is a 1.2 km long sand ridge, whose maximum height is 12 metres.In 2009, Soomaa National Park, the largest intact peat bog system in Europe preserved as wilderness, joined the PAN Parks network of wilderness areas as it proved excellence in combining wilderness protection and sustainable tourism development.
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  • Though very used to this landscape, I thought the park is amazing. If you have the time, spend some hours there, even a day, and explore it. Sunset and sunrise are even nicer. The only remark: the lon...  more »
  • We have stayed at veelager.ee in totally cool. Small camping houses right on the River, tent facilities, outdoor sauna and indoor sauna, canoe rental, trampoline, springboards for the river and fishing, beach volleyball and basketball courts, etc. From here we are 1 h by bike to the Risa trail approximately (1 h for 5km) and to the Beaver trail (2 km run starting at the Park's information centre) and then on to Pärnu with the wheel. Greetings to the very friendly owners, who live next door.
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  • We booked the Wilderness day trip which included a transfer from and to our hotel. We got Wellingtons, bog shoes, a lunch package and a canoe. We really recommend to book this trip instead of explorin...  more »
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  • Fabulous during huge spring flooding, good all around the year for nature walks, camping and canoeing. Go!
  • Soomaa in one of five national parks of Estonia. Main attractions include large and untouched peatlands, natural rivers suitable for canoe trips, forests that are home for many bird and mammal species.
  • Beautiful nature.
  • Parim koht puutumata looduses viibimiseks.
  • For me the most beautiful walk in the holiday. The hiking paths that run through the various hiking routes are nice to look at and offer beautiful views of the landscape yet again. We were alone in the light rain and it was an unforgettable experience for me. Unfortunately, we had no time to look at all the routes.
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