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Lahemaa National Park/Estonia

Introducing Lahemaa National Park

Estonia's largest rahvuspark (national park), Lahemaa is an alluring, unspoiled section of rural Estonia with varied coastal and inland scenery. It takes in a stretch of deeply indented coast with several peninsulas and bays. There are 475 sq km of forested hinterland, including 14 lakes, eight rivers and four waterfalls, plus 250 sq km of marine area.

The natural attractions of the coast, forests, lakes, rivers and bogs encompass many areas of historical, archaeological and cultural interest. About 24% of the park is human-influenced, 68% is forest or heath and 8% is bog. Roads traverse the park from the Tallinn-Narva highway to the coast, with a few parts accessible by bus. Walking, hiking and cycling trails encourage exploration of a more active kind.

Around 300,000 people now visit the Lahemaa National Park every year, but only a small number go out of season, when the park is transformed into a magical winterland of snowy shores, frozen seas and sparkling black trees.