"We want to see as many people as possible getting acquainted with the nature of Estonia during the centenary year," Ingrid Kuligina, President of Estonian Hiking Association said. "Every month, there will be at least two different types of hikes. We will begin in April by inviting people onto various waterways with kayaks and canoes."
According to Maarja-Liisa Soe, Head of the Estonia 100 programme, the various different types of hikes offer an insider's view into Estonia's multifaceted nature. "Estonia's wilderness offers experiences that people often go abroad to find. For the centenary year, we invite everyone to come out for a hike in Estonia and put themselves to the test," Soe said.
Starting in April, and throughout the centenary year there will be organised hikes on waterways, hikes in nature reserves and adventure hikes, open water and heritage hikes, nature observation, mushrooming and berry picking hikes, bog hikes, car and other motorised vehicle hikes and also kick-sled and skate hikes. In addition, in August, RMK, the State Forest Management Centre, will also invite people onto their hiking trails.
"The third branch of the RMK hiking trail, which will unite all of Estonia via a large, integrated network of trails, will be completed in August," Marge Rammo, Head of the Visitor Management Department of RMK said. "Everyone who traverses these paths, witnesses Estonia's varied and unique nature and gets acquainted with the history, will gain a better understanding of where Estonians' roots lie."
The Estonia 100 hiking series is being organised by the Estonian Hiking Association, the Estonia 100 Organising Committee at the Government Office of Estonia, and the State Forest Management Centre. The hiking series will be officially declared open on 7 April at the Matkamess Outdoor Trade Fair in Tallinn, where you can receive more information on all kinds of hiking possibilities in Estonia. Pre-registration for hikes in the series opens on 24 March.