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About the protected area

  • Lahemaa is the oldest and largest national park in Estonia.
  • Lahemaa National Park was created to protect the landscape types and natural values characteristic of Northern Estonia, such as the sea, rivers, lakes, forests, meadows and mires.
  • Lahemaa National Park belongs to the Natura 2000 network of protected habitat and bird sites.
  • Lahemaa is the area with the highest number of erratic boulders in the North European glaciation area.
  • There are 21 study and hiking trails in the national park, totalling some 120 km.
  • There are 68 villages and settlements of various kinds in the national park and some 10,000 man-made structures.
  • Many Estonian folk dances have been recorded in the coastal villages of this region and the area is well-known for its folk songs in runic verse.
  • Lahemaa National Park is governed by the Environmental Board.

Boulder field. Photo: Riina Kotter