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“Intimate contact with unique landscape.”

Wilderness Experiences in Soomaa National Park
Ranked #1 of 9 Tours in Parnu
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Karuskose OÜ is a small locally owned company providing Wilderness Experience in Soomaa National Park since 1995. We organize selfguided and guided canoe trips, bog-walking and bogshoeing trips, kickspark trips, cross-country skiing experiences, beaver watching safaries, botanical excursions, dugout canoe making workshops. We can also help you with local accommodation, food, saunas, guide service and transport.
Reviewed September 2, 2016

We did two different trips with Soomaa. The first was a night canoe trip on the Raudna River that began at 7:30 and lasted two hours. Aivar was a wonderful guide in our canoe. We began with a bit of fast canoeing, then, after about 15 minutes, we slowed down as we approached the possible beaver sighting area of the river. From then on, the river took us in a light flow. We were able to sit and enjoy the scenery and the light as it faded. We stopped once to look at a beaver dam as Aivar explained more about the beavers’ life. Back in the canoe we just listened to nature as the wind blew in the trees. We were so quiet we were able to see a large beaver swim from one bank to another without even noticing us. Later we spotted another, and, even later, we heard several as they detected us and slapped their tales and dived. It was dark at this point so we enjoyed listening to them. We also roused some ducks and were visited by several bats enjoying their nightly meal.

Our second trip was the bog and forest hike with Edu as our guide. Edu knows this area well, and is wonderfully experienced in the bog and forest. He had many interesting stories to tell. He imparted his knowledge of the bog, its waters, its growth, its terrain, its fruit, its mushrooms and the wildlife the entire landscape supported. We lunched pleasantly at the gorgeous bog pools near a boardwalk. Then we ended our hike with an hour canoeing the river during the daylight.

Both of our trips were enlightening and enjoyable. The only glitch was communication between the guides about our vegetarian lunch needs, so do be clear with them and confirm any special needs if you have them. Timing can be variable on the two trips. The night canoe was shorter than we expected at two and a half hours versus the four we had thought (and perhaps might have started earlier for better light as it was far too dark to see anything during the last part of our trip) and the second day was far longer that we had been told, as we finished at 16:30 rather than 15:00, although both were great experiences.

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Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

My friend and I went for this wonderful night trip in sooma national park. It was terrific! Our guide picked us up at our accommodation and helpd us get mosquito spray (which was found to be great helpful later on). In short, the trip was once in a life time opportunity. We were able to see the kind of nature we never see in our own country and it was also good that we didnot have to walk long to enjoy the view. Love canoeing, and the sound of paddling in a very silent river! I loved the time of being surrounded by this beautiful nature, Focusing on myself and the mind but without any need to hury my feet;) the trip was very relaxing, peaceful and beautiful. I will totally recommend this trip to my friends. Thank my guide very much for helping us to gave this wonderful experience.

Thank Inkyhwang
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Reviewed June 8, 2016

This was truly a magnificent experience, to be in the canoe of 3, in the middle of a late night and glide through the river almost 7 km. Aivar Ruukel and his team are doing a splendid job, creating such experiences for their guests:)

Thank ErritKuldkepp
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Reviewed May 21, 2016

Edu was a very knowledgeable, congenial, humorous guide. He made our trek through the forest and bogs a fascinating learning experience. / Bog walking can be squishy so it's fun and brings out the child in you. It feels like slogging over a wet dream foam mattress. Its not difficult though and the shoes provided fit well. / If you're craving an adrenaline rush choose a different attraction - bog walking is for those who enjoy and appreciate nature. It's well worth the trip.

Thank LisaCarlson
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Reviewed March 22, 2016

We visited Soomaa this March with hope to catch a well-known flood in Soomaa. But we have found the new experience of canoeing under the snow ))
It was really great experience! The weather like in winter time made this trip an extraordinary. Spring colours of the sky, thin ice on the river whick could be cracked by canoe, great company, trekking trails and open fire on a shore.
Even in a cold time of the year this trip is unforgettable!
Special thanks to Aivar!!

Thank Sergey K
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Ruukel, Owner at Wilderness Experiences in Soomaa National Park, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2016

You are always welcome back to Soomaa!

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