Latvia - by Kris

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.



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