LAHEMAA - LAND OF BAYS
Lahemaa National Park was established for the protection, study and popularisation of nature and cultural heritage, including ecosystems, biodiversity, landscapes, ethnic culture and sustainable use of natural resources of North Estonia. This is the conservation area for woodland, wetland and coastal ecosystems, but also semi-natural communities (alvars), geological monuments (the Baltic Klint) and historical and architectural monuments. The national park belongs to the European Natura 2000 network as Lahemaa's bird and wilderness area. The total area of Lahemaa National Park is 747,84 sq km, of which 479,10 sq km of mainland and 268,74 sq km of sea. State Forest Management Centre (RMK) has been involved in visitor management in the Lahemaa National Park since February 2009 (www. loodusegakoos.ee).
Perfect for a day trip out of Tallinn, Lahemaa National Park serves as an authentic taster of natural and cultural landscapes in Estonia. Lahemaa is perfect for a hiking trip and nature watching. Here you will find stony and sandy seashores, picturesque bogs, pine and cliff forests, rivers that cut into the limestone cliff as well as erratic rocks left over from the last Ice Age. Lahemaa is one of Europe’s most important forest conservation areas, where many large mammals live.