Soomaa National Park and Visitor Centre

Soomaa National Park was established in 1993 to protect untouched bogs, biologically diverse glades, wooded meadows, and a variety of forests. Its diverse nature, a unique suspension bridge, distinctive skiff culture, and five seasons have made it a very popular destination.
A visitor centre has been established in Tõramaa, at the place where old roads used to cross. There, visitors can inquire information about the hiking trails and local services, as well as visit the permanent exhibition.
The most popular sights in the national park are the Riisa and Kuuraniidu nature study trails, the Ingatsi boardwalk leading to the height of 8 metres on the highest bog in Europe, as well as watchtowers, and suspension bridges.

Kuraniidu Nature Study Trail goes through a real virgin forest as the boardwalk takes you through an old drained peatland forest. Those who have gone hiking on this trail, can tell about the enormous amount of energy the walk in the forest gives. Extraordinary tall and grand aspens grow in this forest.

Beavers prefer to move around in the night and rest during the daytime. Therefore, the beaver safaris with canoes take place in the evening, when beavers wake up, but the human eye still sees enough of what is going on.
The guided canoe trips start near the Soomaa Holiday Village guest house at 9 p.m. in June and July, and at 8 p.m. during the other months.
The canoe trip takes about 2-3 hours and the price includes guide service and canoe equipment. We also offer transport services for those guests who are staying in Pärnu - we will pick you up at your accommodation upon request.
The price is 60€ per person when starting from Soomaa, 80€ per person with transfer from Pärnu.

You will find a sign by Jõesuu-Tõramaa Road that directs you to a boardwalk to the beautiful Riisa bog. The trail passes 8 rest stops and a watchtower.
A motorway, a car park, and an outhouse are located right by the gate at the beginning of the trail.
The hike begins in a spacious bog and briefly runs through the forest. In places like these, you can see the forest turning into a bog and vice versa – dry ground is replaced by wetland, and swamp plants with ancient spruce forests. You can also see some beautiful wetland pools along the trail.
This is the perfect location for a family picnic!
The Riisa study trail is also accessible with a wheelchair and a baby scroller until the first wetland pool at the 1.2 km mark.

The oldest horse breeding farm in Estonia, which started operating in 1856, still breeds Estonian and Tori horses and offers tours and horse rides.
Here, you can get acquainted with the beautiful stable complex belonging to the Tori Manor ensemble, completed in 1862, and see the daily life of the farm.
In 2021, the Tori horse farm turned 165 years old, and a museum with the exhibition Tori attic (Tori pööning) was opened in the renovated stable complex.You can go horseback riding or on a tour in a horse-drawn carriage by reservation every day. The museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday.

Tipu Nature School aims to diversely spread environmental education. We are developing a nature school complex and organise learning days, trainings, camps, and hikes.
When visiting the nature school, we recommend a hike on foot or with snowshoes (in the winter) on the Pauna hiking trail (3 km), which starts near our building and offers a special experience.
If you make a booking, we can organise an entertaining and educational hike for your group in the forest, bog, and even on the river. Additionally, every year, we organise a hiking series which consists of four hikes and welcomes all nature enthusiasts. 
It is possible to rent snowshoes and sledges from us.
 

The nature school in the yard of the former Tipu School House in Soomaa National Park has become the educational centre of the park. Hikes, courses, and workshops for both schoolchildren and adults are becoming more and more popular year by year and can be booked in accordance with the price list.
Individual visitors can experience, discover, sense, and understand the beauty and mystery of the surrounding nature on the school grounds on their own.
The Pauna study trail starts next to the nature school.

The trail starts from the yard of the old Tipu schoolhouse by the Kõpu-Jõesuu road and is equipped with information boards introducing the nature.
The hiking trail reaches the Halliste River and runs downstream from the shore to Pauna Farm. Along the river, you can see traces of beavers. The trail then leads along an old causeway to Tipu meadow, which is special thanks to the great snipes and where, on summer nights, the crackling noise of corncrakes can be heard.

Valuing native habitats and people's memories, we will open a treasure trove of local folklore stories and legends. We will talk about the heritage culture of Soomaa, about the long history of Levi village, about the ancestors of Mihkel Tilga, a local historian from the Tori region - Kuuse Andres and Gertrud, from the Angels' dance floor in Levi to the Old Devil of Tori Hell.
We'll walk along the old cattle path and peat cutting sites. We'll gain strength from ancient trees, see the laughter- and crying-stone, and other interesting things.
The trip will be concluded with herbal tea and something sweet.Please choose clothing and footwear according to the weather and suitable for the marshy nature of Soomaa.

The 5-kilometre long Hüpassaare hiking trail winds through stunning forest to the Kuresoo bog. The trail starts at a camping site, where it is also possible to grill.

The boardwalk passes through a landscape of unique, oval-shaped bog pools to a viewing platform where you can rest your legs and admire the tranquility of the bog. The boardwalk then takes you to a bog island, where you can observe the resident crows flying back and forth, and onto a meadow covered with a scattering of trees.
At the end of the trail, you will find the Mart Saar Museum.

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