Hiking tour from Riga
The hike brings you along the banks of the Loja River and the Gauja River. The Gauja is the longest river in Latvia, many songs and poems are dedicated to this beautiful body of water. The Loja has a second name – Klinšupīte, which translates as the Cliff River, on this hike you will understand why. Don’t worry, no rock climbing involved!
What is waiting for you on this hike? Lovely paths through the woods, magnificent sandstone outcrops, evergreen rough horsetail jungle, almost mountain-hike feelings on the side of a steep bluff, a bit of bushwhacking, typical Latvian countryside landscapes, a breath of history in several abandoned sights, a Soviet atmosphere in a small village, wide-open scenery over the woods, the peace of the Gauja, and hopefully – a lot of adventures! Oh, and let’s not forget – approximately 20 km and seven hours of fresh Latvian air!
- Banks of the Loja and the Gauja rivers
- Inčukalns Devil’s Cave (Inčukalna Velnala)
- Abandoned bobsleigh track (Murjāņu kamaniņu trase)
- Sandstone outcrops
- Sunīši village
- View from top of Zābakkalns
- *After the hike you can enjoy evening at “Rāmkalni”, have a good meal and experience such activities as toboggan track, tube sliding, bungee trampolines and others
When and where
The meeting point is at the bus stop “Sēnīte” at 10:00. The hike starts and ends at the same point. Return back around 17:00.
You have two options – public bus or your own car. Bus to “Sēnīte” departs at 09:00 from Riga bus station and arrives at the bus stop “Sēnīte” at 9:53 (2,40 € one way ticket). If you come by your own car, you can park it in the Rāmkalni Amusement park, there is free parking.
Please, fill out the form to register and the invoice will be sent to your email.
The safety measures during the tour:
- Please keep a distance of 2 metres;
- Wear a mouth and nose covering when in public gathering;
- Disinfect or wash your hands before and after touching any surfaces in public places;
- On the tour are not allowed persons who have to be in quarantine or are having symptoms like fever, and other signs of acute infection.
See it on
15 € per person.
- Route planning;
- English speaking hike leader;
- Transportation costs;
- Food and drinks;
Level of difficulty
A quite easy hike, only in some places there is steep ascent or descent, but in a few – walking along the side of the bluff. Mostly small foot paths through the woods or countryside roads and a very short distance of bushwhacking.
What to bring with you
- 2 l of water per person as a minimum
- Snacks and lunch for breaks and picnic
How to dress
Please, dress accordingly to the weather forecast! Due to very changeable weather, layering is key to enjoying the hike, and rain protection is a must-have. Comfortable hiking shoes are the best option as a little bit of bushwhacking is waiting for you on this hike, but if you are not afraid of snakes, any comfortable shoes or sandals work just as good.
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