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Snowshoe and bogshoe trekking

Every new thing is a well-forgotten oldie. Walking on snowshoes is an exciting old way of moving. On the trek you will find out how it feels to move freely through deep snow, on the glass-smooth ice of a frozen lake or over the marsh landscape. Rest break and picnic beside a fire.
Snowshoes/ bogshoes enable moving in light snow, snowdrifts, on slippery slopes and glass-smooth lake surface. On bogshoes you can go to places that would be out of reach otherwise. In the Estonian territory boghoes were used for moving through swamps, bogs and snow already in olden times. Bogshoes were originally made of willow rods and leather.
Modern bogshoes and snowshoes are produced from modern materials (plastic and artificial leather). As opposed to the old-time snowshoes they can be quickly attached to the feet, and the joints make walking comfortable. Ice nails on the soles and claws in the toes ensure excellent traction.

The trips take place all year round.
Duration from 1.5 to 2.5 hours and distance 3 to 6 km.


Bog shoeing and snow shoeing in Meenikunno. Põlvamaa. Leevi

Duration: 4-5 km, 2.5-3 hours
Group size: minimum 10 people or 200 € group
Price: 20 € adult., 15 € child (6-16 years)

The hike that lasts for a couple of hours takes place in the fascinating Meenikunno landscape protection area. Your guide talks about the unusual nature of this "hanging bog", bog mummies, traditions, meteorites and the mysterious life of plants and bugs in the bog.

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Bog shoe hikes in Valgesoo bog. Põlvamaa. Kiidjärve

Duration: 4 km, 2 hours
Group size: minimum 10 people or 200 € group
Price: 20 € adult., 15 € child (6-16 years)

Valgesoo is the smallest but the most fascinating bog in Põlva County; it conceals tiny bog islands, colonies of ants and hiding places of animals.

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Bog shoeing on the edge of Europe. Põlvamaa. Värska

Duration: 4-5 km, 2-3hours
Group size: minimum 10 people or 200 € group
Price: 20 € adult., 15 € child (6-16 years)

Bog shoeing (snow shoeing) trip that stimulates your fancy will take you to the frontier where European and Slavonic cultures meet in a swamp area on the border between Estonia and Russia.

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Bog shoeing in the Kõnnu Swamp. Harjumaa. Kemba

Duration: 4-5 km, 2-3hours
Price: 26 € adult., 16 € child (6-16 years)
Group size: minimum price 300 € (up to 10 people)

Kõnnu Swamp has a special atmosphere. A lake that rests between eskers in a giant basin has paludified over the course of thousands of years. The surface of this light-filled swamp is densely covered with bog-pools. The beautiful panoramic view to the otherworldly landscape that is ornate with bonsai-like pines can be enjoyed from the top of the lookout tower that has been erected in the middle of the swamp near Lake Paukjärv.

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Bog shoeing in Kakerdaja bog. Harjumaa. Jäneda

Duration: 4-5 km, 2-3hours
Price: 26 € adult., 16 € child (6-16 years)
Group size: minimum price 300 € (up to 10 people)

Kakerdaja is a legendary bog. The name (Estonian for 'tatterer') comes from the Black-throated Loon who is an artful diver but is not good at walking. Kakerdaja is one of the most well-known bogs of Northern Estonia due to its beauty and accessibility. The bog, located nearly 70 km from Tallinn, can provide the most pure bog experience.

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Summer equipment:
Footwear: Water resistance, closed nose, strong heeled boots. Flats, open ended hiking boots and high heel shoes are not suitable, because we cant attach snowshoes to them. Its recomeended to wear thick socks so it holds your legs warm even if its wet.
Head covering: In snowshoeing hike its good to wear headscarf or hiking hat. This kind on hat gives you protection of sun, rain and bugs. On autumm and winter its reasonable to wear hat with beak. It protects your head, ears and nape from rain and cold wind.
Handwear. Gloves are recommended when hikes are takeing place from september to april.
Other clothing. Waterproof sweater, jacket or slicker. Pair of extra socks and lace-up.
Small backpack for personal things.
Winter clothing and equipment
Footwear: Warm winterboots, warm socks.
Clothing: Warm underwear, sweater, wind and rainproof jacket, windproof headcover, warm gloves, scarf (to protect your face).
Other equipment:  Photo or video camera, sun classes, protective cream

For clothing its important to feel comfartable and it must protect you from cold and bad weather. Its important that your clothing is water and winterproof, but it must be breathable.

Watch our 40 sec video about snowshoeing

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