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Hiker-friendly

28.10.2020

What is Hiker-friendly sign for travelers and tourism service providers?

Hiking tourists are in close contact with the region in which they are and find it particularly important to feel that they are welcome and understood. This emotion is primarily created by visual information such as information stands, directional signs, appropriate information materials, thematic books and guidebooks. Hikers are expecting to find necessary products at local shops, as well as knowledgeable and helpful people who want to assist them. The “Hiker-Friendly” sticker or label is an effective way of demonstrating that the target audience is welcome. The labels are well-known all over the world, and travellers who spot them clearly understand that their needs will be understood and that there will be someone who will be prepared to share valuable information. From now on, such a sign will be also throughout the Baltics - Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

The “Hiker-Friendly” sign is available to any service providers for tourists in the Baltic States that want to be “friendly” toward hikers and to offer the relevant services to the target audience. This may be a part of a certification programme, and the signs are only received by venues which meet the relevant criteria. The labels may also be used by responsible tourism organisations, with businesses being free to choose whether or not they want to post the label. In other cases, this can be the initiative of businesses as such.

Hikers and entrepreneurs can find the Hiker-friendly sign and criteria here: https://baltictrails.eu/en/forest/marketing 

We invite in this autumn hiking enthusiasts to enjoy an active holiday in the Forest trail and other hiking routes to see the Hiker-friendly hospitality for themselves!

Shopping near the route

We have gathered together the information where there are shops near the Forest trail route, where you can buy small gas cylinders for primroses. There are hikers, especially long distance hikers, who take this equipment with them and prepare coffee, tea or a meal.

Information is summarized here: https://baltictrails.eu/en/forest/route/info - in the sub-section "Useful advice".

Let the Baltic Forest trail hiking begin!

28.04.2020

Forest trail is a hiking route that leads through the most beautiful forests of Latvia and Estonia. We have opened the Mežtaka website with information for planning walks and hikes and invite you to go to the forest on the next weekend - first here, in the part of the Latvian route! We have opened the Forest trail website with information for planning walks and hikes and invite you to go to the forest on the next weekend - first here, in the part of the Latvian route!

Although Forest trail is not marked yet, as it is planned to do so this summer, you can currently go in adventures using the descriptions, maps and downloadable GPX routes. The Forest trail is still under construction, so the information on the website may not be complete - for example, a photo or description may be missing in some of the intended languages. Some parts of the route are still being specified in Estonia, but in Latvia Forest trail you safely can go now. When planning a holiday trip in the near future, use the contact information in the descriptions to contact the service providers you need, such as accommodation, caterers, in advance and make sure they are working.

Each day of the Forest trail has a description - start and end points, how long the expected walk will be, what the road surface is, what will be worth seeing along the way. You can read more information about the most interesting and significant places, landscapes, nature landmarks ​​and see the photo, so as not to miss the views on the way. No less important - every day you can also find information on places to eat, buy water and snacks, and also spend the night. The description and map show which sections are suitable and accessible for shorter walks.

The total length of the Forest trail is ~ 1060 km and it takes more that 1.3 million steps for its entire length. When the borders are open, you will also be able to enjoy the forests and open air of Estonia: Forest trail in Latvia crosses the Gauja National Park, the protected landscape area of Ziemeļgauja and Veclaicene. In Estonia - the Haanja Highlands, the Land of Setu (Setom, and along the western shore of Lake Peipus to Northern Estonia. Further along the coast of Northern Estonia and the Lahemaa National Park Peninsula, to Tallinn. In Estonia, the Forest trail is known as Metsa Matkarada. It is an international part of the European long-distance hiking route E11.

Don't miss the most beautiful time in the nature - spring; let's go in to the woods!