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 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 at a local pub in the National Park. You’ll enjoy hearty Estonian cooking.

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What’s included & not included

  • Friendly and professional local guide
  • Transport by car or minivan
  • Lunch

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 (82)

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.
Fun, informative, great value
I had a great time on the Lahemaa tour with Hindrek. He is very knowledgeable about Estonian history and culture, and I never expected to learn so much on this tour -- I thought we were just going to go out into nature. The Baltic German manor houses were fascinating, while the nature areas were nice too. I never expected I would call a bog beautiful! The bog walk was the best part of the trip. (For those, like me, who were wondering: you don't need any special shoes or gear for this; there is a wooden walkway over the bog, so you won't get dirty at all.) Thanks for everything, Hindrek!
Great tour!
My guide was super friendly and knowledgable, also the salmon was delicious!

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4.8/5

Fantastic Trip with Laura!
We had a fantastic trip to Riga with Laura (pronounced Lau-Ra). She was a very energetic, positive and very historically informative guide. You could not ask for a better guide! The van we rode in was spacious enough for 8. The van was unmarked by advertising/logo so we did not feel like a marked' tourist. There were so many great sights to see along the way. We particularly enjoyed the Trakai Castle and Hill of Crosses. I highly recommend taking the trip to anyone wanting to see sights outside the Baltic capitals. See the real countryside!

Thank you Laura!
Best way from Riga to Vilnius
Well organised tour from Riga to Vilnius. Tour guide Laura is funny, energetic and she provided a lot of information during the journey. 100% recommended and I will explore other tours between 2 cities.
Giving it 5 stars because we can’t give it 10!
This was an AMAZING trip. Our guide, Laura was entertaining, fun & very knowledgeable. She was a good sport and flexible to accommodate the needs of our group. We so enjoyed our time with her. Each stop was something unique and different - well off the beaten path. We highly recommend this trip to anyone traveling between Riga & Tallinn.
Totally enjoyable and interesting trip
I highly recommend this tour. If you have to get from Riga to Vilnius anyway, you might as well see all the interesting sights along the way and learn something about each of these countries. The guide was quite knowledgeable, the stops were exactly what I would have wanted to see and would have taken day trips from Riga or Vilnius to see. The van was comfortable and the lunch stop was quite pleasant. It did make for a very long day, however, and I found that I had to take the next day off from sightseeing in order to rest up after 11 hours of touring and 15,635 steps (and I didn't walk as much as some).
like the tour
the tour guide was informative and friendly, van was comfortable and the places that we went visted were well picked. Thanks
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