This small Baltic state between Estonia and Lithuania is covered in forest interspersed with farm lands, rivers and lakes. Latvia has several interesting nature reserves where hiking trails (mostly day hikes) have been developed, such as Gaujas National Park. Other parks include Kemeri National Park, Northern Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve, Teiči Nature Reserve, Slītere National Park and countless smaller nature parks and estates. For such a small country it has amazing natural diversity, with wildlife featuring wolves, beaver, lynx and plenty of migrating birds along the coast.
European long distance hiking trail E9 is planned to lead through Latvia, but not in any way realised yet.
Best time to go hiking in Latvia is late spring until early autumn. Winters can get very cold. You will find camp sites, hostels, B&B's and hotels in many places.
- Iron Curtain Cycle Route Part 1: Barents Sea to the Polish/German Border (3500km) ENGLISH EDITION
- Iron Curtain Cycle Trail Part 1, a 3500-km long northern section from the Barents Sea to the Polish/German border, in an English language guide from Verlag Esterbauer with mapping highlighting the route and its variants and extensive information conveyed by symbols indicating road surface, campsites and other accommodation, repair workshops,... Read more
- Latvia Road Atlas (A4)
- Latvia Road Atlas from the Riga based Jana Seta, in an A4 paperback format with enlargements at 1:100,000 for national parks and environs of main towns, plus over 100 indexed street plans. The main section covers the whole of Latvia at 1:200,000, showing detailed classification of road network with petrol stations, and railway lines with stops.... Read more