Lahemaa National Park Day Tour from Tallinn

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Discover the dense forest and picturesque coastline of the Lahemaa National Park. It’s home to many secret treasures, including a hidden captains’ village, beautiful seaside, and much more.

Duration: 9 hours
    Available in
  • Estonian,
  • English,
  • Russian
I am pleased as punch that we participated in this tour. We had originally intended to spend a few days exploring Lahemaa National Park and its various natural landscapes and manor houses. Unfortunately we needed to trim our itinerary by a few days, so this tour offered an ideal way to experience the park’s highlights. As an added benefit, it offered a delightful contrast to the city without having to drive far from Tallinn!

Our guide began by setting expectations with a brief outline of the day’s itinerary and expected return time - always a great way to start. At each stop, she provided an overview of the larger context—the geology underlying the Jägala waterfall, the history behind the Baltic German manor houses—before providing further specific details and engaging with questions to those interested. I very much enjoyed seeing the contrast between the unrenovated Kolga manor, with its massively looming (crumbling) pillars, set against the restored pretty-in-pink Sagadi manor, surely the backdrop for many Estonian weddings.

The extended nature walk in Viru Bog was an absolute highlight. Perfectly structured, she led us to the observation tower, with an amazing view over the technicolor pools, then picked up the car and met us at the other end of the trail, allowing some self-paced walking. The more adventurous could dip their toes in the water or even swim. Our guide called our attention to several types of plants found there, which we could again spot and examine during the unguided part of our hike. It is rare these days to get to enjoy such beautiful solitude, walking along a boardwalk, surrounded only by the evocatively twisted pine trees and still, dark water.

For lunch, we stopped at a simple tavern in Võsu, a tiny village of about 500 that was “one of the USSR’s hot resort towns.” Our guide told some stories of coming there as a young girl, and how crowded the area was with Ladas. Again, a highly authentic experience that encouraged our small group to interact and helped us see life outside “the big city.”

The second nature walk included some time in the quiet forest and on the sandy, rocky coast. Along the way, we saw a traditional fishing village and tested out a traditional 6-person swing—an unexpected workout! Photo opportunities abound on this tour, and the exercise is a nice bonus. You are guaranteed to learn several things about Estonian history, culture, or nature that you would otherwise miss.
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Highlights

  • Visit several quaint Estonian villages
  • Discover northern Estonia’s beautiful coastline
  • Walk through magical forestland past wild rivers and waterfalls
  • Unleash your inner adventurer and do some bog walking!
  • See the charming Palmse or Sagadi manor house
  • Get to know the local wildlife on Lahemaa’s beaver trail (optional)

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Description

Join us for an amazing day in the Lahemaa National Park. Explore with us the Estonian countryside that is home to towering pine forests, picturesque coastline, and mysterious bogs. Discover with us stories and places you would never stumble across on your own.

Our knowledgeable local guides take a small group, up to 8 people, for a fun-filled day in the Lahemaa National Park. You will learn about the history of Estonia and its people by visiting different places with our experienced guides. We will take you from the biggest natural waterfall in Estonia to the hidden old manor houses like Kolga or Sagadi, from mesmerizing forests to romantic little coastal villages like Käsmu and Altja.

Bring your sense of adventure and be ready to hike through the Viru bog on a 3,5 km wooden trail over the wetland. Bogs are prominent in Estonian folklore and the places to let your imagination fly. On warm summer days the brave can swim in the bog lakes.

During the day we stop for lunch either at a private home in Käsmu captain’s village (full course lunch €13) or at a local pub in the National Park. You’ll enjoy hearty Estonian cooking and don’t be shy to let our guides know about your dietary ne

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What’s included & not included

  • Friendly and professional local guide
  • Transport by car or minivan
  • Entry to the Käsmu Sea Museum
  • Lunch at an authentic local village home (€13 – not included in the tour price)

Meeting point

The tour starts in front the Tallinn Tourist Info Center (Niguliste street 2) on the corner of Harju and Niguliste street. (Niguliste 2)

Pickup options are available for private tour bookings.

Reviews from travellers (73)

4.9/5

Highlights of Estonian nature & history condensed into an engaging day trip!
I am pleased as punch that we participated in this tour. We had originally intended to spend a few days exploring Lahemaa National Park and its various natural landscapes and manor houses. Unfortunately we needed to trim our itinerary by a few days, so this tour offered an ideal way to experience the park’s highlights. As an added benefit, it offered a delightful contrast to the city without having to drive far from Tallinn!

Our guide began by setting expectations with a brief outline of the day’s itinerary and expected return time - always a great way to start. At each stop, she provided an overview of the larger context—the geology underlying the Jägala waterfall, the history behind the Baltic German manor houses—before providing further specific details and engaging with questions to those interested. I very much enjoyed seeing the contrast between the unrenovated Kolga manor, with its massively looming (crumbling) pillars, set against the restored pretty-in-pink Sagadi manor, surely the backdrop for many Estonian weddings.

The extended nature walk in Viru Bog was an absolute highlight. Perfectly structured, she led us to the observation tower, with an amazing view over the technicolor pools, then picked up the car and met us at the other end of the trail, allowing some self-paced walking. The more adventurous could dip their toes in the water or even swim. Our guide called our attention to several types of plants found there, which we could again spot and examine during the unguided part of our hike. It is rare these days to get to enjoy such beautiful solitude, walking along a boardwalk, surrounded only by the evocatively twisted pine trees and still, dark water.

For lunch, we stopped at a simple tavern in Võsu, a tiny village of about 500 that was “one of the USSR’s hot resort towns.” Our guide told some stories of coming there as a young girl, and how crowded the area was with Ladas. Again, a highly authentic experience that encouraged our small group to interact and helped us see life outside “the big city.”

The second nature walk included some time in the quiet forest and on the sandy, rocky coast. Along the way, we saw a traditional fishing village and tested out a traditional 6-person swing—an unexpected workout! Photo opportunities abound on this tour, and the exercise is a nice bonus. You are guaranteed to learn several things about Estonian history, culture, or nature that you would otherwise miss.
Amazing day trip
Having a small group of eighth people was a great idea. A nice size group and great transport. The guide (Anders) was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour and pride about his country.

I would recommend this trip to anyone.
Absolutely great day trip
The staff and tour guides were all extremely helpful, easy-going, charismatic, and freely shared their knowledge and cool facts with the group. Everything about the day was memorable, and I would say the highlight of my trip. I will definitely be going back to some of the places we visited, such as Käsmu and Sagadi, the next time I'm over in the beautiful land of Estonia.
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