Baltic coast of Kurzeme & Šlītere National Park

Landscapes of Baltic Sea development & coastal heritage of nature and culture

Half day tour, 270 km. Bus tour combined with walking: 4 hours in the bus & 4 hours walking & sightseeing. Level of difficulty: medium. Hiking along elaborated trails: sporty shoes recommended. Lunch-packet for picnic lunch together with local snacks included.

12:00 Departure from Jūrmala.

  • Short sea-side stops at Mērsrags, Kaltene and Ēvaži (in Slītere National Park[1]) with easy hikes and scenic views of diversity of the Baltic Sea
  • Visiting of Cape Kolka where Baltic Sea and Gulf of Riga meets
  • Tasting of traditional local snacks: sklandurausis[2] (with the status of Traditional Speciality Guaranteed) and smoked fish
  • Visiting of Šlītere Lighthouse and nature trail along the ancient coastline of Baltic Ice Lake
  • On the way information / discussion about management of visitors in coastal areas and along the long-distance coastal hiking trail[3]

20:00 Return back to Jūrmala with possibility to have a +1hour transfer to the international airport or Riga city centre.

[1] https://www.latvia.travel/en/sight/slitere-national-park

[2] https://latvianeats.com/sklandrausis/

[3] https://baltictrails.eu/en/coastal?lang=en

Foto: Mārcis Gaujenietis

Bog trail and dunes of Kemeri National Park

Active hiking and cycling tour in vicinity of the conference venue with contrasts between urban and wilderness.

Half day tour: short bus transfer, boardwalk of 3,5km[1] and cycling tour from Ķemeri train station to Jūrmala (Dubulti) – of about 25 kilometres. Level of difficulty: moderate. Hiking along elaborated boardwalk trails and MTB-type cycling tour along streets and cycling trails of Jūrmala city. Sporty shoes and raincoat (instead of umbrella in case of rain) recommended. Lunch-packet for picnic lunch together with coffee break included.

[1] https://www.latvia.travel/en/sight/great-kemeri-bog-boardwalk

12:00 Departure from Jūrmala.

  • 3,5km hiking on boardwalk in open landscape of raised bog with observation platform
  • visiting of historic Kemeri resort village and park with coffee break, picnic
  • Cycling of 25 km along dunes and villas of Jūrmala city
  • On the way information / discussion about management of visitors’ in Ķemeri National Park and implementation of European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Nature Areas by EUROPARC Federation

~18:00 Return back to Jūrmala with possibility to have a +1hour transfer to the international airport or Riga centre.

 

Foto: Artis Veigurs

River landscapes and heritage of Gauja National Park

Gauja primeval valley landscape[1] with rich heritage of nature and culture

Half day tour, 150 km. Bus tour combined with walking: 3,5 hours in the bus & 4 hours walking & sightseeing, level of difficulty: easy to medium. Hiking along elaborated trails but in hilly landscape – sporty shoes recommended. Lunch-packet for picnic lunch with coffee break included.

[1] https://kulturaskanons.lv/en/archive/gaujas-senielejas-ainava/

12:00 Departure from Jūrmala.

·       80km driving to Sigulda & Turaida passing through Riga City

·       visiting of Sigulda Castle ruins followed by coffee break & picnic.

·       2 hours hiking in the Gauja river valley, forests, scenic areas and Devonian sandstone cliffs along the river

·       Visiting of Turaida museum reserve[1]

·       On the way information / discussion about management of visitors’ in Gauja National Park and elaboration of nature conservation management plan including visitor flow management; networking of tourism entrepreneurs within the framework of regional tourism cluster

~19:30 Return back to Rīga city centre with possibility to have a +30min transfer to the international airport or 1hour return back to Jūrmala.


[1] https://www.latvia.travel/en/sight/turaida-museum-reserve

Foto: Kristaps Ungurs: Reinis Hofmanis