Soomaa National Park

Soomaa National Park gives visitors good examples of one of the oldest natural landscape forms – the marsh.




Location

Pärnu County, Viljandi County

Attraction

Marshes, floods, untouched primeval nature

Activities

Hiking tours on foot and by bicycle, nature-watching, nature education, picking berries, nature photography, fishing

Information

RMK information point in the Soomaa National Park centre


Tel: +372 435 7164; +372 526 1924


E-mail: soomaa.teabepunkt@rmk.ee


address Kõrtsi-Tõramaa, Tipu Village, Kõpu Rural Municipality, Viljandi County


Open from Easter till 1 October every day from 10.00-18.00, the rest of the year Tuesday-Saturday from 10.00-16.00

Opening hours during the Midsummer Day
22. of June 10.00 - 15.00
23. of June closed
24. of June 10.00 - 15.00

Visit organiser

RMK

Manager of the protected area

Pärnu-Viljandi region of the Environmental Board

More information
www.soomaa.ee
Soomaa National Park was founded to protect the big marshes, flooded meadows, forests and cultural heritage in the south-western part of the transition zone of Estonia. The 390 km² Soomaa National Park is located on the border between Pärnu and Viljandi Counties, on a vast area untouched by human activity.

As the name states, 80% of the surface area of Soomaa National Park comprises marshes with paludified meadows and bog forests. Life in Soomaa depends on the weather more than in any part of Estonia. The rivers of Soomaa cannot take in all the water coming down from the Sakala Uplands, so the water spills over to the meadows and into forests and also floods the roads, cutting off the connection with the rest of the world. In case of a major flood, there can be a water field of approximately 175 km² ranging up to 7-8 km in width. Marshes with steep slopes will tower out of the water as islands. The dwellers of Soomaa have called the floods a fifth season, because it occurs here again every year. The fifth season is the best time for visiting the landscape of Soomaa by using a canoe or narrow boat for it.

RMK is the organiser of visits to the Soomaa National Park since February 2009.

Soomaa National Park