Hike Lahemaa National Park, Estonia’s Forest Trail
LONG DISATNCE HIKING TOUR (SELF-GUIDED)

Hike Lahemaa National Park, Estonia’s Forest Trail

  • 7 days / 6 nights
  • ~138 km
  • Lahemaa National Park

Program

DAY 1: LAHEMAA NATIONAL PARK, VIINISTU – LOKSA

Transfer from Tallinn to Viinistu and start your journey. The Forest trail goes around the Pärispea Peninsula, which is part of Lahemaa national park, until it reaches Purekkari Cape. In windless weather, you can take a walk along the kilometre-long pebble-covered cape and visit the impressive Purekkari stone. From there, the Forest Trail follows the winding coast of Hara Bay through former Soviet military bases and then passes through Loksa, where a brick factory used to operate (historical buildings). It curves through the centre of the town until it reaches the finish point, half a kilometre away from a fantastic beach.

Hiking distance: 20 km

Overnight: guest house in Loksa

Meals included: Breakfast

Meals options: dining options, the Village Restaurant or guest house (pay on the spot)

DAY 2: LAHEMAA NATIONAL PARK, LOKSA – TSITRE

On this day, the Forest Trail crosses the Juminda Peninsula. After leaving Loksa,  in 7 km it passes by a Soviet-era military object, the Hara Submarine Port. To visit it, you have to take a two-kilometre detour and buy a ticket. The Forest Trail goes through an area of beautiful forests and marshes, with high, dense forested sand dunes at the western end of the territory. It continues down the road from Pedaspea to Tsitre and passes a small section of the North-Estonian Klint just before Tsitre, where the Muuksi stronghold hill is located. The Tsitre picnic area is located 0.2 km from the sea.

Hiking distance: 21 km

Overnight: guest house in Tsitre

Meals included: Breakfast

Meals options: dining options in the guest house (pre order)

DAY 3: LAHEMAA NATIONAL PARK, TSITRE – KABERNEEME

A harbour was established at the Tsitre village as early as the Viking times. The first 4 km of the Forest Trail in this section pass through the territory of the Lahemaa national park. Between the villages of Muuksi and Soorinna, the road crosses an oval plateau, the klint elevation of northern Estonia, covered with scenic juniper fields. At the village of Põhja, the trail passes by the coastal wetland, and comes out by the sea behind the Salmistu harbour. From here, look out for the 1.3 km distant Pedassaar isle to the northeast, and the Umblu and Rohusi isles to the northwest. On Valkla beach, a nice beach restaurant awaits hikers. In Haapse the beach you can swim in, the sea gets deep quickly. 

Hiking distance: 24 km

Overnight: guest house in Kaberneeme

Meals included: Breakfast

Meals options: dining options, the Village Restaurant or guest house (pay on the spot)

DAY 4: LAHEMAA NATIONAL PARK, KABERNEEME – JOELAHTME

From Kaberneeme the route runs through a forest where you can see piles of stones carried here during the last ice-age. Soon the trail climbs about 20 m up to the hiking trail which runs on the old shore line of Lake Ancylus. Trail crosses the Kaberla-Kaberneeme road and follows over a small sandy canyon of the Kaberla stream, before arriving at the Kalevi-Liiva memorial of holocaust. The trail continues to the Linnamäe HES and a suspension bridge. Follow the trail over the ancient fortress hill of Linnamäe and continue on the right bank of the Jägala river, until reaching the Jägala waterfall. The Suka bridge is about 500 meters up from the waterfall. After crossing the river, the trail strolls through the Jägala waterfall park. Finally, the trail runs through the village of Koogi and arrives at Jõelähtme.

Hiking distance: 21 km

Overnight: guest house in Jõelähtme

Meals included: Breakfast

Meals options: dining options in the guest house (pre order)

DAY 5: LAHEMAA NATIONAL PARK, JOELAHTME – MUUNGA

The Forest Trail passes the village of Jõelähtme, then turns northwest 1 km before the sea and follows the North-Estonian Klint for the next 3 kilometres. Behind Ülgase, the Forest Trail passes through Kallavere, Maardu and Muuga, the suburb of Tallinn. It takes a few hours to get from Muuga to Old Tallinn, but the Forest Trail takes a two-day detour through the Viimsi Peninsula before arriving at the capital of Estonia.

Hiking distance: 16 km

Overnight: guest house in Muuga

Meals included: Breakfast

Meals options: dining options, the Village Restaurant or guest house (pay on the spot)

DAY 6: LAHEMAA NATIONAL PARK, MUUGA – PUUNSI

The Forest Trail passes through the most densely forested area of the Viimsi Peninsula, where several nature protection areas have been established. It crosses the former Soviet-era military territory in Rohuneeme. On this day, the Forest Trail follows along pedestrian sidewalks and the many roads running through the peninsula. It turns south at Püünsi village, where towers, skyscrapers and the Port of Tallinn with ferries can be seen in the distance across the Gulf.

Hiking distance: 19 km

Overnight: guest house in Püünsi

Meals included: Breakfast

Meals options: dining options, the Village Restaurant or guest house (pay on the spot)

DAY 7: LAHEMAA NATIONAL PARK, PUUNSI – TALLINN

The Forest Trail passes by the Gulf of Tallinn, and beautiful views of the towers, harbour and skyscrapers of the city can be seen as early as in Püünsi. The Forest Trail turns into a beautiful pine forest before Pirita, then follows along a sandy beach for 2 km. Behind Pirita all the way to the Port of Tallinn, the Forest Trail takes you along the beautiful city waterfront promenade, which overlooks the city’s most important cultural and historical sites, and offers beautiful views of the sea and the port. The final destination of the Forest Trail is located in the Port of Tallinn, next to the Old Town. You can spend another day or two visiting various tourist locations of Tallinn.

Hiking distance: 17 km

Overnight: hotel Tallinn

Meals included: Breakfast

8. DAY: DEPARTURE FROM TALLINN

Optional transfer to Tallinn airport.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Season

From May to October

Price per person

2 persons traveling – 530.00 EUR p.p.

3 persons and more traveling – 530.00 EUR p.p.

4 persons traveling – 490.00 EUR p.p.

5 persons traveling – 490.00 EUR p.p.

6 persons and more traveling – 490.00 EUR p.p.

Included
  • 1 overnights in Tallinn in centrally located hotels with breakfast;
  • 6 overnight in a guest house per program;
  • GPX file of the Forest Trail;
  • Transfer from Tallinn to Viinistu;
  • The details and contacts of the pre booked accommodations.
Not included
  • Lunch and dinner;
  • Water;
  • Any hiking gear.
Optional
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel – 55 EUR (1 – 3 persons);
  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport – 55 EUR (1 – 3 persons);
  • 7 x Luggage service to the next accommodation – 550 EUR (1 – 6 persons) .
What to bring with you
  • Every day at least 2 l 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. Any comfortable shoes or sandals are good enough for this hike.

Level of dificulty

Long distance hike that requires endurance for walking hours and hours at a steady pace. On the trail are a few steep climbs. Most of the walking time will be on small footpaths through the woods and countryside roads.

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2022-09-18
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2022-09-02
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2022-07-23
A perfect series of daily hiking tours and town walkarounds. I especially was amused by the jungle-like forests and friendly conversations along the way. Everything was perfectly planned and organized, I definitely recommend, worth thousand-times more than simply visiting cities in a rush.
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2022-05-30
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2022-02-28
I enjoyed the hiking tour in the Beberbeķi-Skulte regions of Riga. The route was mainly through the forest, so this is a great opportunity to get away from the city bustle and daily routine and to spend a few hours in nature. The tour guide Valdis is very friendly and he has a lot to tell about the area. I am looking forward to the next tour and recommend joining it.
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2022-02-15
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2022-01-24
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Eimear Friel
2022-01-18
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Fiona Koe
2022-01-18
Awesome hike, beautiful scenery. Valdis was very friendly and knowledgeable. Will recommend

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