Soomaa National ParkSoomaa National Park has been established for the protection of large bogs, flooded meadows, forests and heritage culture in the south-western part of Central Estonia. The National Park extends on a 390 sq km area, which is largely untouched by human activity, on the border of Pärnu and Viljandi counties. The Estonian name of Soomaa National Park (Land of Bogs) refers to the fact that bogs with paludified meadows and swamp forests make up 80 per cent of its territory.
Life in Soomaa depends on weather more than anywhere else in Estonia. The rivers of Soomaa cannot take in all the waters flowing down from the Sakala Uplands in spring. Thus the water flows to meadows and forests and floods even the roads, cutting the connection with the rest of the world. At the time of the maximum flood there is an approximately 175 km² field of water, which in places is 7-8 km in width. The steep-sloped raised bogs stand like islands in the field of water. The floods are called the “fifth season” by the people of Soomaa, because floods occur nearly every year. The fifth season, however, is the best time to explore the landscape of Soomaa – using a canoe or kayak.
RMK has organised visits to Soomaa National Park since February 2009.
|Location||Pärnu County, Viljandi County|
|Attractions||Bogs, floods, intact nature |
|Activities||Walks and canoeing trips, nature observation, nature education, picking berries, nature photography, fishing |
|Information||RMK information desk in the centre of Soomaa National Park |
|Phone: +372 435 7164, +372 526 1924|
Kõrtsi-Tõramaa, Tipu village, Kõpu municipality, Viljandi County
16 September to 14 April, Mon to Fri 10.00-16.00
15 April to 15 September, Mon to Sun 10.00-18.00
|Visitor restrictions||Please refer to the visiting restrictions here!|
|Protected Area Manager ||Pärnu-Viljandi region, Environmental Board of Estonia|