Summer holiday - 370 km of hiking?
Monday, July 16
The State Forest Management Center (RMK) opened a 370-kilometer-long hiking route that starts from one of the northern tips of Estonia and ends at Ikla on the Latvian border. The trail has been in the making process for 10 years.
The trail is called "RMK Matkatee" or RMK Hiking Route and it unites existing paths and also includes new sections of trail.
"The trail starts in Lahemaa National Park, goes through six Estonian counties, two national parks, nine nature reserves and three state forest recreational areas. The trail ends at Ikla on the Latvian border," said Mr Aigar Kallas, the chairman of the board of RMK. A total of 33 camping areas - tent sites, huts and lean-tos - lie along the way.
The route is marked with kilometer posts and signs that make it hard to lose one's way. New information boards were also installed, providing information on forestry topics, culture and recreational opportunities. The 26 RMK visitor centers and information points around the country provide detailed maps.
"Estonia is not very mountainous - it should be passable for everyone," added mr Kallas from RMK.
This trail could be a perfect summer activity for every student! It will definitely give lots of new energy and the best idea would be to take couple of friends and pass the whole trail together. Estonia is famous for its beautiful forests and magnificent landscape - everybody, go!
|Estonian forests - your holiday!|
Estonia is one of the most forest-rich countries in the world – approximately half of our land area or 2.2 million hectares are covered with forest. RMK’s plant and seed management area grows tree sets and ensures Estonia has a sufficient reserve of forest seed.