Emajoe-Suursoo Hiking Trails

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Emajoe-Suursoo Hiking Trails

Emajoe-Suursoo Hiking Trails
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The Emajoe-Suursoo marshlands have been under nature conservation since 1981. The eastern part of Tartu County from Kallaste to Mehikoorma is in Peipus Basin. Emajoe-Suursoo marshlands cover the estuarine area of the Emajogi River and consist of Jommsoo, Suursoo, Varnja and Pedaspaa Swamps and Meerapalu Fen. The marshlands cover approximately 25,000 ha, 7,000 ha of this can get flooded. They are the fifth largest marshlands in Estonia and the biggest delta marshlands in the country. The diversity of wet habitats is the most valuable feature of Emajoe-Suursoo.
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mitiros
Lincoln, UK150 contributions
Come here for migratory birds
Oct 2016 • Friends
The Emajõe-Suursoo is one of the oldest and, at 200km2, the largest of all delta swamps in Estonia. Because of its environmental importance and its rare and endangered species, it was placed under protection in 1981. The visitors' centre is located 25 km from Tartu on the left bank of Emajõe River in the renovated ruins of a 14th century castle. The marshlands cover approximately 25,000 ha, 7,000 ha of this can get flooded. They are the fifth largest marshlands in Estonia and the biggest delta marshlands in the country. We were lucky to have a guide and a boat, but forget the mobile phone, you are more likely to pick up Russian signals and pay a hefty roaming charge if you turn it on.
Written 22 October 2016
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Marcus D
Tartu, Estonia1,288 contributions
Oh! for a boat and smart-phone with gps
Jul 2015 • Solo
Tartu to the Hiking Trails and Bird Watching Tower by road (27km) + boat (8 km) = 35km

Without access to a boat the distance increases dramatically to 69km

The Nature Centre, 27km from Tartu (the last 3 km on a dirt road), and the 2km of laid out nature trail, are worth a visit (wheels of one variety or another are essential). The car-park is sufficiently small (20 cars maximum) to suggest the Centre never gets overly crowded.
There is sufficient space in the Centre's riverside grounds to allow visitors to picnic and even to pitch tents.

The Nature Centre is well stocked with maps and information about the bogs and wetlands in a multitude of languages. The staff speak English.

The site is dog-friendly, as long as the dogs are kept on leads.

The agency responsible for the Nature Centre and visits to the nature reserve is RMK (the State Forest Management Centre)
Written 3 July 2015
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