Tour to Lahemaa National Park
Your guided tour to Lahemaa National Park will start from Tallinn. The guide or driver can pick you up from the hotel or any other agreed place. Then you will drive for about an hour east of the city. Lahemaa National park is located between the road to Sankt Petersburg and the coastal line. It is a magnificent nature reserve with lots of things to see.
The heart and soul of Lahemaa is the Palmse manor estate. We will visit this majestic and beautifully restored baroque style mansion complex containing the main house, distillery and different types of the auxiliary buildings. There is a large boating pond, fragrant gardens and a network of riding trails created a relaxing atmosphere in which the household members could enjoy outdoor leisure activities.
Not far from Palmse located the Sagadi manor estate which is now also home to the national forestry museum. You will have a short tour in the Sagadi manor’s park.
Next, we will follow a narrow winding road leads through pine forest to the small coastal village of Altja. It is a typical coastal village that once was like a family fishing farm. You can still see the original fishing huts used to store and maintain fishing nets and small boats. The local tavern stands at the village crossroads, this was a meeting place for the villagers and a place for the weary traveler to rest their horses and get a good meal.
Next on Lahemaa National Park is the coastal village of Käsmu. Many large sailing and steamships were built here. Aarne Vaik, a retired seaman, and shipbuilder, is constantly expanding his private maritime museum to preserves the history of this village. See his unique collection of hand-built boats, model ships, antique shipbuilding tools, fishing gear and much more. The museums guest log holds many surprises and includes visits by international royalty.
Lunch can be served in Käsmu maritime museum, where you can enjoy a traditional Estonian meal including smoked trout, potatoes, cucumber salad and a home-made cake accompanied by coffee/ tea and water. Please note, lunch at the Käsmu maritime museum will be served upon availability, therefore an alternative lunch venue may be offered.
In the winter months, a special experience is a visit to Jägala juga, the largest waterfall in Estonia. The ice formations and water flow patterns during the winter season are quite unique and picturesque.
During the warmer seasons, you can stretch your legs with a nice walk in Viru bog. This area has been made accessible with a specially constructed boardwalk, giving visitors an up close and rare view of nature in this wetland.
Lahemaa National Park offers visitors a deep perspective of rural life in northern Estonia through the ages. Captivating stories present the history of this area in a most Estonian way. The fresh country air and the picturesque scenery of this diverse region make for an unforgettable day trip out of the busy city.