South-Estonian nature is wonderfully diverse, offering exciting opportunities for even the most demanding nature lover. Rolling hills, lakes, rivers with flood water, bogs and swamps, wild forests, animals and birds - all this is South-Estonia.
Southern Estonia has more than 125 hiking, nature and health trails. The largest number of hiking trails is in Põlva and Tartu counties. Also, there are more than 40 conservation units as well as many places of natural beauty and lots of natural attractions in South Estonia. It is also an ideal place for water trips (by canoe, raft, boat, kayak, trawler ship, and barge).
Attractive areas for nature tourism are Soomaa, the surroundings of Lake Võrtsjärve, Alam-Pedja, Endla bog, Vooremaa, the area around Tartu (Ilmatsalu, Aardla, Ropka, Ihaste), Elva-Vitipalu, the surroundings of Lake Peipus, Otepää, Karula, Taevaskoja-Kiidjärve, Võhandu Haanja and Piusa.
South Estonia offers you pleasant opportunities:
to have a spiritual experience with nature,
for walking in natural surroundings to enjoy the nature,
for carrying out bird or nature observation and observation of plants (at night, during the daytime, with or without a guide, in blinds, etc.),
for special trips into naturally beautiful or geologically unique places,
for landscape, historical and cultural walks, during which the observations are being interpreted,
The South-Estonian nature is already waiting for you!
Have a look! South Estonia. Naturally Yours. A guide for nature lovers (2011)
Read! Tartu & Southern-Estonia newsletter: October 2011-March 2012 and Summer 2011.
To find an appropriate service, please contact the following service providers:
water activities - Port of Tartu, Ahja Trips, Outdoor Club Toonus Pluss, Water Way, Junsi Resort, Arula Guesthouse, Water Tours, Cinclus, Haudamäe Resort House, Soomaa National Park, Lake Võrtsjärv, Nature Trips, Hunter´s Valley, Tamra Journey, Paap Kõlar Safari Centre, Emajõe Barge Society, 360 Adventures, Karulas Wolftrail, Leigo Lake Music, Estonian Fund For Nature, The State Forest Management Centre
hiking trips (on foot, by canoe, kayak, raft, bicycle, scooter, and snow-shoes, etc. breathing trips etc.) - cycling route through North-Latvia and South-Estonia: Tour de LatEst, Kääriku Leisure and Sports Center, Nature Trips, Vanaõue Resort, Paap Kõlar´s Safari Center, 360 Degrees,Valgamaa - Southern Gate of Estonia, Karulas Wolftrail, Vaskna Tourist Farm, Piusa Ürgoru Holiday Center, Endla Nature Reserve, Võhandu Holiday Village, State Nature Conservation Center, Karula National Park, State Forest Management Center, Suhka Tourism Farm, Setomaa Tourist Farmstead, Eha Tourist Farm, Soomaa Canoeing Tours and Sauna Centre, Kuutsemäe Snowmobile Rental Center, Endla Nature Reserve, Alam-Pedja Nature Reserve, Kiidi Tourism Farm, Vaskna Tourist Farm, Club Tartu Maraton, Nature Trip, Woods Crone Family Park, Haudamäe Resort House
bird-watching, plant watching, nature watching towers - Ilmatsalu motel, Jaaniraotu Farm, Mountain Suur Munamägi, Elistvere Animal Park, Karula National Park, 360 Degrees
orienteering - The Voore Resort Center
hunt,photo hunt - Hotel Metsis, Taagepera Castle
family vacation, theme parks - Pokuhall, Otepää Forest Adventure Park, Sorcerer´s Kingdom, The Black Smith, Wood Crone´s Family Park, Kiidi Tourist Farm