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Gauja National Park/Latvia

Introducing Gauja National Park

Much of the area between Sigulda and Valmiera falls within Gauja National Park (Gaujas nacionālais parks; www.gnp.lv). Founded in 1973, Latvia's first national park protects a diverse range of flora and fauna, and offers a multitude of forest and river hiking as well as biking trails and fabulous canoeing opportunities - a great way to explore the exquisite, pine-scented environment. The historic towns of Sigulda and Cēsis are main jumping-off points for exploring the park.