East-Viru County


Peipus beach, singing sands, sand drifts


Beach holiday, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, hiking tours on foot and by bicycle, camping, big events, boat trips, horseback riding, nature education programmes and events


RMK Kauksi nature centre-information point


Tel: +372 339 3833


E-mail: kauksi.looduskeskus@rmk.ee


address Kauksi Village, Iisaku Rural Municipality, 41001 East-Viru County

Manager of the protected areas

Viru region of the Environmental Board


To find out about the possibilities for an active holiday in the RMK recreation area along the northern coast of Lake Peipus, visit the homepage of RMK partnerMatkajuht OÜ

Recreation area map

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Description and location of nature trails on map

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The recreation area along the northern coast of Lake Peipus extends from Tammispää to Vasknarva. Here you can find the sand drifts of Järvevälja and Smolnitsa and also the singing sands along the shores of Lake Peipus, which demonstrates the cleanliness of the lake water. The landscape varies from long sand drift ridges to the bogs and marshes in between them. The great number of rivers in the recreation area favours the organising of boat trips and trips of various levels of difficulty. The area also includes the Kurtna lakes, the area with the largest number of lakes in Estonia, which is about 30 km2 wide and includes nearly 40 larger and smaller lakes.

The purpose of the recreation area is to make a lakeside holiday more interesting and provide people with possibilities for picking berries and mushrooms. In addition to the Kauksi camping site and the sand drifts, which are ideal for enjoying your holiday, you should also find some time to visit the Kotka hiking trail, taking you to the Rüütli bog islands. Also, go and try out the Selisoo hiking trail!

The recreation area is divided into three areas: Peipus, Kurtna and Tudu-Sonda.