Instructions for the holder of a Hiker's Passport
RMK Hiker's Passport costs €10. Hiker's Passports are available in RMK Nature Centres.
A Hiker's Passport is personal – it belongs exclusively to the person whose name is shown in the passport. After the document is bought it is bound to the hiker, so that benefits are guaranteed just for the person who needs them the most and has earned them.
When hiking on the route, the hiker can get a stamp from each Nature Centre on their way in their passport. The stamp certifies their hiking on the trail and ensures benefits for them in the following Nature Centres.
To validate a stamp (benefits can be obtained for valid stamps only), it must be activated. To activate the stamp, immediately after getting the stamp in your passport, send a text message to phone number +372 5912 0606 that reads:
- code of the nature centre (space) passport number
If the hiker gets to the Nature Centre outside its opening hours, the stamp can still be activated (although the hiker would not get an actual stamp then) – by sending the text message as described above. The code can be found at the Nature Centre. In such a case, the hiker can get the stamp in their passport later, when they visit the same Nature Centre at another time.
The passport will give you the following benefits:
- One set of Hiking Route maps and information booklet (once only, 0 stamps)
- Free coffee, tea or bottled water in all and a small snack at some Nature Centres (1 stamp)
- Use of washing facility at Nature Centres (where available) (2 stamps)
- Storing equipment at Nature Centres. The parcel can be sent either directly to the Nature Centre or a Post Office. The parcel will be taken from the Post Office by an employee of the Nature Centre. Weight limit of a postal parcel – approx. 10 kg. (0 stamps). For instructions for preparing and addressing the parcel, please see below.
- Discount at RMK-related institutions (Sagadi Forest Museum, Elistvere Animal Park, etc., 1 stamp)
Benefits can be enjoyed for validated stamps only. This means that when you use a benefit, the respective number of stamps in your passport are deemed as used (a respective note is made at the stamp) and the stamp cannot be used for getting another benefit. For example, the hiker can have three unused stamps in their passport, for which they can, if they wish so, get three cups of free coffee and three cereal bars.
Such benefits can only be used during the opening hours of the Nature Centre.
Storing equipment at Nature Centres
If the hiker goes on a very long walk, it is reasonable to send a part of their gear (fuel for camping stove, a change of clothes, food etc.) farther down the trail – several weeks' supplies can be quite heavy to carry on your back.
RMK Nature Centres along the Hiking Route offer the holders of Hiker's Passports the possibility of storing equipment. A package can be either taken to the Nature Centre by the hikers themselves (or delivered by their friends) or sent to the Nature Centre as a postal parcel. Mailing addresses of RMK Nature Centres can be found at the loodusegakoos.ee website.
When preparing the parcel and delivering it to the Nature Centre, please note the following:
- The parcel must be one single unit (all the mailed stuff must be packed in one bag or box).
- The parcel must not be too heavy – Nature Centre employees have to be able to lift it. The approximate weight limit is 10 kg.
- The parcel must not contain perishable, fragile or strong-smelling substances.
- The parcel has to include the following information on it (regardless of whether you deliver it yourself or send it by postal service):
- Sender's name, address and phone number;
- Recipient's name;
- Approximate time of receiving by the hiker.
- No parcel shall be held at the Nature Centre for more than 1 month.
For more specific information, please ask the employees of any Nature Centre or contact firstname.lastname@example.org