Explore the forests and swamps of Kemeri National Park, and learn about the legends of these lands that have been passed down over generations. Enjoy a picnic in the park with healthy Latvian treats.
What to Expect
Escape Riga and head beyond the city for an afternoon in the great outdoors, in Kemeri National Park. This swampy seaside area is a place adored by photographers, filmmakers and nature painters. It’s also a popular spot for birdwatchers, as it's home to nearly 260 species of birds. You can almost always hear at least four different birds calling at the same time.
You will start your Kemeri hiking adventure along the shortest of the wooden footbridge trails that weave through the swampy forest. Because of the water that flows to and from the shores, you can’t access this part of the park unless you’re on the raised trails, creating a dreamlike setting, as if you're floating over the swamp, while your local guide tells you about the swamp's secrets. You will go by the healing sulphuric spring, where you’ll learn about the its ancient therapeutic powers and how the mud is still used today in modern medicine. Then it's time to stop for a nature themed vegetarian picnic in the forest using local ingredients. Latvians are true food lovers, and your guide will explain how they mix local products into delicious dishes.
After your feed it's time to head to the main destination and a real swamp adventure: the Great Kemeri Bog. Your guide will lead you along the moorland’s trail and share legends with you that have traveled from mouth to mouth for centuries. You’ll also learn about the local flora and fauna of the swamp, and their healing properties. At the end, you'll see the sunset from the bird watching tower before heading back to Riga. This will amount to a 4 km walk/trail, which is only a fraction of this massive park — but enough to give you a taste of the magic to be found here.
- Local English-speaking guide
- Transportation to and from the park
- Picnic meal
What's Not Included
- Water and additional food and drinks (feel free to bring extra snacks for yourself)
- Tips/gratuities for your guide
Know Before You Go
• Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes for hiking (running shoes or hiking boots are recommended)
• Bring a bottle of water
• In autumn/winter months, be sure to dress warmly
• You will be in a small group of a maximum of 8 people
• Travelers under 12 years of age are not permitted to join this tour