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Soomaa National Park

In the north west of the district of Viljandimaa lies Soomaa National Park. It is around 370 square kilometres in size and is said to be a paradise for people who love adventure.

 

Bretterpfad im Hochmoor Soomaa-Nationalpark
Wooden path at the upland moor, Soomaa National Park. Leave the path and you’ll sink.

The reserve includes one of the most interesting but also most impassable everglades in North Europe. “Extremely damp and deserted” is probably the most suitable description for the huge area that consists of four large moors.

 

The inhabitants in Sooma say they have five seasons: winter, spring, summer, autumn and the flood. In spring, when snow starts to melt, the water rises for a couple of metres. The flat terrain usually stays flooded for several weeks. Thus, It is not very surprising that Soomaa National Park is said to be the dampest area in Estonia.

 

The local fauna is not much affected by that. More than 150 species of birds, including cranes and eagles, as well as bears, wolves and elks live in this remote area.

 

Fascinating landscapes are typical for Soomaa National Park.

The reserve is a habitat for a variety of species of international interest. For humans, however, the place is easily accessible by car, although you may find routes quite bumpy. You will probably not meet many others on your way through the moor. It is very important to keep in mind that leaving the wooden path is strictly forbidden in the whole reserve. In many places you may sink and get into serious trouble.

 

Bog pools in the middle of the everglades are especially worth seeing and experiencing. They are about seven metres deep and 10 to 20 metres wide and dark because of the muddy subsoil.

 

But don’t be scared: the water is extraordinarily clear and also good for your skin as it contains a lot of iron and minerals. So, if you want to take a short bath in a new and exciting atmosphere, just go ahead – the foot path leads directly to the ladder, which takes you into the probably most unusual swimming pool.

 

If you follow the signposts, you can find the park administration easily. The reception is most welcoming. You can get refreshments and postcards there. Brochures about the National Park including important tips and a map of the area are for free.

 

You should also know that there are some camping sites on the edge of the area. Have a look at the websites to find out more about the park and activities: www.soomaa.ee and www.soomaa.com

 

 

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