price from 33 €
Bog shoe hike in Männikjärve bog in the Endla Nature Reserve
The picturesque Männikjärve bog is the embodiment of the most typical Estonian bog landscape and offers everything a bog has to offer. We will be bog-trekking between bog lakes, in which you can swim for a bracing cool-off, and exploring the diverse biota while discussing the origins, present and future of bogs. Depending on the season, we will be looking for cloudberries and cranberries among the bog shrubs. We also have the opportunity of climbing the watchtower located in the middle of the bog, from which a wonderful panorama of the Männikjärve bog will be revealed.
Swamps and bogs are landscapes typical to Estonia. Bog-trekking is the best way for exploring these peculiar habitats, for bog shoes enable you to go where regular boots may not.
- The length of the trip: 2-6 km/3-5 h, depending on the particular interests of the group and the desired tempo
- Sights: bog, bog lakes, forest, watchtower
- Group size: 2-6 people (ask for an offer if coming alone; 6+ as a special order)
- Price: from 33 €/person (the exact price depends on the size of the group – contact us!)
- Transport: a free door-to-door transport from Tartu
- Location: 70 km/60 min from Tartu
- Food: not included in the price
- Language: English/Estonian
NB! All our hikes and trips are for small groups, which means that: a) with the help of a personal approach we might really learn something new; b) there is a greater chance of noticing someone in the wilderness; and c) we will not be leaving a noticeable trace behind.
Extra: it is possible to combine this hike with other sights in the area, such as Voorema and Elistvere Animal Park, and turn this into a day-trip on wheels. Ask for more information, if interested!
- There is an old saying in Estonia: “There is no bad weather, just inadequate clothing.” The choice of right clothing is one of the prerequisites of a pleasant hiking experience.
- When it comes to hiking clothes in Estonia, the key word is definitely layers! You can remove and add layers as the journey progresses and should the weather change. It is recommended to bring a raincoat or a jacket even in the summer to protect yourself from unexpected bouts of rain. The most suitable shoes are closed, waterproof shoes that you can walk in on a wet bog surface.
- In the summer, we recommend that you bring swimwear and a towel, as we may come across scenic forest lakes or bog ponds that just might encourage a quick dip. You should also bring some food and water to drink. We will also be offering you some local snacks and hot herbal tea.