Baltic Forest hiking news

The Pan-Baltic Hiking conference, 9-10 November in Kuldīga, Latvia

The Pan-Baltic hiking conference in November 9-10, 2021 taking place in Kuldīga, Latvia, will celebrate  the success of the Baltic Trails (baltictrails.eu) connecting Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with the European network of hiking paths as part of the routes E9 (Baltic Coastal Hiking) and E11 (Baltic Forest trail).

The conference will bring together stakeholders sharing experiences in planning, implementation, management and maintenance of long distance cross-border hiking trails. The keynote speeches will present experiences from the Baltics, Sweden and Norway. Presentations will be followed by Baltic panel discussions highlighting challenges and solutions in practical aspects such as local acceptance and support, benefits and sustainability of long distance hiking trails.

The conference will take place according to the national epidemiological safety measures. On-site for invited participants only: the project partners and others directly involved from the 3 Baltic countries, and the conference speakers. For all others we shall provide for a quality and active on-line participation in Zoom, where it will be possible to join discussions and ask questions, oral and written.  

The 2nd conference day will offer a 10km hike on the Forest Trail section No. 92, Snēpele – Pelči,  with a focus on trail management, meeting with the municipality representatives and trail managers. We shall follow the actual safety regulations and hope that on the 2nd day, it will be possible for all participants to meet face-to-face for the hike as an outdoor event. Fill in the registration and  wait for our confirmation!

The event will be organized as a hybrid – on-site (invited audience up to 50 persons, according to the current safety regulations. Participation only with COVID-19 vaccination or recovery certificate) and on-line. The conference working language is English.

Please register to receive the conference Zoom link!

>>>The registration is open until 27.10.21.
>>> Full programme (PDF).
The conference working language is English.

>>> Contacts and information: anna@celotajs.lv.

This was the hiking festival in Lahemaa!

25.09.2021

Thanks to everybody, who made the day become this amazing! It was the inauguration of the northern part of the Baltic Forest Hiking. Together with around 200 hikers from different countries, we celebrated the Grand Opening of the hiking trail with a 13 km long hike, speeches, good food, dance, and music. Here are some pictures from the big day. You can find more pictures from the festival on the following link: ALBUM

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Hiking festival on September 4 in Lahemaa – the Grand Opening of the Forest Trail as part of the E11 long distance hiking path in the Baltic States

 

12.08.2021

With a hiking tour on September 4 in Lahemaa national park, Estonia the Forest Trail will be launched as part of E11 long distance hiking path of the European hiking path network. Everybody is welcome to join the 13km opening hike from Vainupea to Oandu villages in Lahemaa national park: Forest Trail section #41.

Tallinn in Estonia is the final destination in the E11 long distance hiking path of the European hiking path network. The E11 route goes: Scheveningen (NL)–Osnabrück (D)–Potsdam (D)–Poznań (PL)–Ogrodniki (PL)–Lazdijai (LIT)–Rīga (LAT)–Tallinn (EST).

Event PROGRAMME and REGISTRATION.

!!!! Only people who can show a COVID-19 certificate will be able to participate or negative test not earlier then 72hours.

The Forest Trail in the Baltic States leads through the most forested lands, regional, nature and national parks of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The route starts from the Polish - Lithuanian border near the town of Lazdijai, leads through Latvia, turning into Riga, and finishes in Tallinn, Estonia. The route is divided into ~ 20 km long one-day or two-day sections with accommodation and transport options.

The opening hike on September 4 will start with the registered participants gathering at Oandu village, the final destination point. They will park their cars there and will be taken by bus to the starting point at Vainupea village. Before starting the hike, the Forest Trail will be officially launched as part of E11 by a representative from ERA - European Ramblers association addressing the hikers. 

The 13 km hike from Vainupea to Oandu will start at 12:00. The participants will take a lunch break at Mustoja Campfire Site. Further the route leads through Altja historical seaside village, with coastal farms, fishing net sheds, and the tavern.
The hike will end in the afternoon, arriving to Oandu village at around 16:00. The event will close with greetings, thanking, eating, and concert of a local youth folk band “Uurikad”.

The Forest Trail welcomes everybody to go for a hike any time, with a guidebook and map in hand following the marking signs and signposts. Route GPX files for each section are downloadable from https://baltictrails.eu/en/forest. The website content is mobile friendly. Forest Trail info is also available from many hiking apps https://baltictrails.eu/lv/forest/apps. It is advised to make printouts that will be useful in areas with poor mobile network coverage. 

See you on the Forest Trail!

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!

05.07.2021

Forest trail is a hiking route that leads through the most beautiful forests of Lithuania, 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!

The last km of the Forest trail is getting marked right now in Lithuania and Latvia. Still you can start your hiking adventures by 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. 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 ~ 2141 km. When the borders are open, you will also be able to enjoy the forests and open air of the Baltic States. In Lithuania, the Forest Trail crosses the Žemaitija and Dzūkija National Park, the Nemunas Loop Regional Park and Kaunas. The Forest Trail in Latvia crosses the Gauja National Park, the protected landscape area of Ziemeļgauja and Veclaicene. In Estonia the trail crosses 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. The Forest trail 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!