Nature holiday

Did you know that, of Estonia’s five national parks, two are partially located in Pärnu county (Matsalu and Soomaa)? None of the other Estonian counties match Pärnu in offering such versatile opportunities for recreation and vacationing in nature.

National parks and hiking trails

Soomaa National Park offers unforgettable experiences when the surrounding rivers flood the park. This is called Soomaa’s fifth season. The fifth season can happen multiple times a year or, on occasion, not at all. The floods generally happen in the spring, since they are caused by the melting snowpack . 

Matsalu National Park attracts visitors with its impressive number of bird species, which makes it one of the most diverse national parks in Europe.  The best time for visiting is during the spring or fall migration since it is the main stopping point on the Estonian coastline for ducks, swans, geese, and cranes.

Matsalu National Park (Photo: Nele Sõber)

In Pärnu you will find natural beaches, endless quiet bogs and ancient forests. Many hiking trails and bird watching towers await you.

The most popular hiking trails in Pärnu:

Tolkuse hiking trail

Active outside

In addition to hiking, river canoeing and kayaking trips are a great way to spend time in nature. Soomaa’s fifth season offers fascinating opportunities for this. Another unique experience is bog walking with snowshoes. Snowshoes are special footwear designed to hike on thick snow, but can be modified for swampy ground. For these hikes we recommend our excellent guides.

Jõulumäe Recreational Sport Center is one of the largest sports centers in Estonia and it offers options for various outdoor activities: hiking trails, running paths, disc golf courses and lots more. They can also rent out equipment.

Several farms in Pärnu County offer horseback riding in nature. Fishing Village will take you fishing on the river or at the sea. Pärnu’s largest adventure park is located at White Beach.

Snowshoeing in Soomaa (Photo: Aivar Ruukel)

Holiday in the nature in Pärnu

Pärnu is a very green town. There are tens of parks, and recreational trails for hiking, biking, and other activities. The best way to get around Pärnu is by bike, taking advantage of the bike paths covering Pärnu.

Every summer, city cows dwell on Pärnu’s coastal grasslands and they have become a popular sight among the visitors to our town. An elevated hiking trail, built on the wetland, runs along the coastal grassland, offering pastoral views. 

We suggest visiting the Pernova Nature House to get to know our nature, ecosystems and local animals.

Coastal grassland hiking trail (Photo: Mati Kose )

Use our search engine below and plan a vacation in the type of nature suitable for you.


RMK Kolga nature study trail

Maade küla, Lääneranna vald, RAESPE

RMK Tammiste forest trail and campfire site

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, UUEMETSA TEE

Late evening beaver sighting canoe trip in Matsalu National Park

Kloostri küla, Lääneranna vald, KLOOSTRI LINNUTORNI

Sunset trip in Soomaa

Riisa küla, Tori vald, VIHUSAUNA

Nature, dunes, and legends of Luitemaa – a ramble with nature guide Mati Kose

Rannametsa küla, Häädemeeste vald, SURJU METSKOND 17

Birdwatching in Luitemaa

Piirumi küla, Häädemeeste vald, MEREVEERU

Nature trips in the southern part of Pärnu County

Laiksaare küla, Saarde vald, VANGOTALU

Lemme beach and RMK campsite

Orajõe küla, Häädemeeste vald, ORAJÕE METSKOND 45

Birdwatching with Estonian Nature Tours

Lihula linn, Lääneranna vald, Linnuse tee

Pärnu Children’s Park

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Rüütli tänav 12

Kabli Nature Study Trail

Kabli küla, Häädemeeste vald, Kabli Looduskeskus

Adventure trips for mushroom lovers in Pärnu County

Võiste alevik, Häädemeeste vald, Riia maantee 1 - 33

Nedrema Woodland campfire site and Nature Conservation Area

Nedrema küla, Lääneranna vald, NEDREMA LOODUSKAITSEALA 3

Baltic Coastal Hiking Route

Ikla küla, Häädemeeste vald, IKLA PIIRIPUNKT

Stone Age study trail

Sindi linn, Tori vald, Paide maantee 8

Puhtulaid peninsula

Virtsu alevik, Lääneranna vald, Jussi

Suarõ Ninä – beach and a former boat landing place

Linaküla, Kihnu vald, SUARÕNINÄ LAUTER

Permanent exhibition of Pernova Nature House

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Anton Hansen Tammsaare puiestee 57

Winter walk in the forest and ice fishing

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Uus-Sauga tänav 62

Bird and wildlife watching in Matsalu National Park with a guide

Kloostri küla, Lääneranna vald
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