The end of summer harvest on the way to Toonoja

Hike to Toonoja swamp islands

Sandra küla, Põhja-Sakala vald
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Toonoja is an ancient island in the largest swamp in Estonia that was first inhabited 4000 years ago. A smoke sauna that is still in good condition is the only building that remains from the eight farms that used to be there. Reaching Toonoja has always been difficult; the last inhabitant moved his things on a bicycle in 1987. We're setting out from Karuskose and crossing the bog to Toonoja on bogshoes; in the winter, we are going to use skis. When we arrive, we are going to prepare a meal, heat the sauna, tell stories about the old times and look at animal tracks. We are going to stay the night in tents or in the smoke sauna. On the next day, we are going to visit old farm sites and return to Karukose along an old winter road. The total length of the hike is 17 km. The hike takes place if the group consists of at least 2 people.

Features and amenities

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Minimum number of participants 2
Maximum number of participants 12

National Park

Soomaa

Info

Duration 2
Length/Distance 17.0

Amenities

Viewing platform
Recreation area/picnic ground
Drop Toilet

Additional services

Meals
Special equipment for adults
Transportation to the destination at extra cost

Payment

Cash only

Getting there

Karuskose farm is located by the River Raudna. By land, you can get to Karuskose via the Tori-Kõpu highway from Meiekose bridge where roadsigns also point to Karukose. From there, you need to drive 3 km until you reach the car park of Ingatsi hiking trail. Karukose farm is on your right across the river.

Nearby stops

Bus: Riisa

Accessibility

Signposted
By excursion bus
By car

Times and prices

Open all year round

Adult 180.00€