Lahemaa National Park Tammistu LambSource: Priidu Saart

Lahemaa National Park

Immerse yourself in Estonia's coastal cultural heritage and search for skipping stones along the rocky coast.

Lahemaa National Park is home to the best that Estonian nature has to offer. 

It is located on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland and covers Estonia's northernmost capes and islands. In the space of 725 km2, you’ll find lush native forests, wetlands stretching to the horizon, and both rocky and sandy beaches. 

Lahemaa has received a quality label from the European Union of Protected Areas (EUROPARC Federation), which recognizes the sustainable development of nature tourism in the region.


A refuge for wild birds and animals

Lahemaa National Park boasts diverse wildlife, including moose, boar, bears, beavers, and lynx. Migratory birds pass through annually.

The largest deposit of erratic boulders in Europe

These massive rock formations traveled from Finland and Scandinavia to Estonia with the glaciers during the last Ice Age.

Source: Hans Markus Antson

Sample the flavors of Estonia's northern coast

Restaurants in and around Lahemaa National Park are inspired by the surrounding nature and the region's seasonal ingredients. Deed a quick bite to eat before heading back to camp? Or do you prefer to linger over a meal? You'll find both options in Lahemaa. Enjoy a sea view at a harbor restaurant, or explore local tavern culture and cuisine.

The story of Estonians at sea

In quaint fishing villages like Käsmu, Altja, and Viinistu, you'll find echoes of Estonia maritime life in restored sheds and old farmhouses.

Historic Baltic German manor complexes

Step into the past at Palmse, Sagadi, Vihula, and Kolga Manors. Discover their unique architecture and fascinating history.

Source: Hans Markus Antson

Travel back in time while exploring Hara Harbor

The Soviet Union left its mark on Lahemaa National Park. Like in many coastal areas in Estonia, the remains of military facilities dot the park's shore. The former submarine base in Hara Harbor is perhaps one of the most well-known. You can climb over the graffiti-covered ruins (carefully!) or stay overnight at a nearby glamping site.

The options for exploration are endless.

Every season has something special — and an extra season gives you extra time to see it all.

Expert tip: Exploring off-season will help off-load the pressure.

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