Baltic Forest Hiking - Facts

The Forest Trail is a part of the European long-distance hiking route E11. The route E11 goes as follows: Scheveningen (NL) – Osnabrück (D) – Potsdam (D) – Poznan (PL) – Ogrodniki (PL) – Kaunas (LT) – Riga (LV) – Tallinn (EE).

Name in Lithuania: Miško takas, in Latvia: Mežtaka; in Estonia: Metsa matkarada

Starting point: Polish - Lithuanian border near the town of Lazdijai in Lithuania.

End point: Port of Tallinn in Estonia. The route can be followed in both directions, so you can choose Tallinn as the starting point.

Two capital cities whose old towns have been awarded with the UNESCO World Heritage status: Riga, Tallinn

Length: ~ 2141 km

  • 747 km in Lithuania
  • 674 km in Latvia
  • 720 km in Estonia

The Forest Trail passes through Dzūkija and Žemaitija National Parks and eight regional nature parks in Lithuania, while in Latvia the route leads through Venta Valley Nature Reserve and Abava River Valley Nature Park, Ķemeri and Gauja National Parks, Northern Gauja and Veclaicene Protected Landscape Area. In Estonia, it winds through the Haanja Upland, Setomaa (Land of Setos) and along the western shore of Lake of Peipus until it reaches the Gulf of Finland in North Estonia, where it turns westwards. From there, it follows along the North-Estonian coastline and many peninsulas of Lahemaa National Park, until it comes to its end point in Tallinn.

The route:

  • In Lithuania: Lazdijai – Druskininkai – Alytus – Birštonas – Kaunas – Kurtuvėnai – Telšiai – Plateliai – Skuodas
  • In Latvia: Gramzda – Aizpute – Kuldīga – Sabile – Kandava – Tukums – Bigauņciems – Rīga – Sigulda – Cēsis – Valmiera – Strenči – Gaujiena – Trapene – Ape – Korneti;
  • In Estonia: Haanja – Vana-Vastseliina – Värska – Räpina – Kallaste – Mustvee – Kauksi – Toila – Kunda – Loksa – Maardu – Tallinn.

Time required to complete the route: around 102-114 days

What to see: more than 400 natural, historical and cultural objects and monuments. The route runs through the historical Livonian and Setos territories.