Brown bearSource: Remo Savisaar


Alutaguse National Park

Alutaguse, Estonia’s newest national park, stands in contrast to its surroundings—pure, untouched nature alternates with small villages, ancient burial sites, and former mining areas. Some may feel nostalgia; others will feel struck by the impact of human development on nature.

This national park is remarkable for its beautiful native forests and deep marshes, reminiscent of the taiga. Several endangered or rare species—such as marsh harriers and flying squirrels—make their homes in the forests and swamps of Alutaguse.

Experience unique bear-watching adventure

For a safe bear-watching experience, visit purpose-built huts to observe bears from a distance if you're nervous but still curious.

Alutaguse has endless opportunities for outdoor adventures

In Alutaguse, you can enjoy the 30-kilometer-long beach with dune forests and singing sands on the north coast of Lake Peipsi or the 18-meter high ridges of continental dunes of the Alutaguse wetlands, which are not often visited even by locals. You'll also find endless opportunities for outdoor adventures on the Kurtna lake system, which has more than 40 lakes in an area of ​​30 km2.

Visit the ancient forest of the Poruni River and the Kurtna lakes. Discover the Puhatu-Agusalu swamps—these unique continental dunes are up to 18 meters high with good berry and mushroom forests.

Explore Alutaguse nature

Lake Peipsi - one of Europe's largest bodies of fresh water

The southern part of Alutaguse National Park borders Lake Peipsi or Lake Peipus, which attracts holiday goers with its extensive sandy beaches and spectacular boating and fishing opportunities. There are plenty of activities in wintertime as well.

Kauksi beach in Peipsi Lake

Source: Hetkeline

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