I'm from Belgium and in mid-september I'm planning to hike in Estonia for a few days (5-6). I found this trail which seems interesting: http://loodusegakoos.ee/hiking-route/oandu-ikla-375-km
I got the gpx track of the trail on that same website and found the base layers of Estonia on: http://freizeitkarte-osm.de/garmin/en/m ... tries.html
However I'm wondering which part of the trail is the most interesting to hike?
Also is it allowed to camp in the wild? I see that there are some camping spots available but well just to be on the safe side it's good to know what's allowed. Also there seem to be huts at some places, are they freely accessible or do you need a key?
Finally, as a personal interest of mine, is mid-September a good time for mushrooms?
Looking forward to hear your tips!
Camping on campsites is allowed. To camp anywhere else is at your own risk, although it's not very strictly supervised.
At the loodusegakoos.ee site "forest huts" are free and open to use. Rental huts are for rent as the name says. Mid-september is a great time for picking mushrooms.
RMK material might be bit outdated. And for whatever reason they seem to leave some pages up on their web and you can land on some abandoned page when googling. So it's better to navigate through links from their main http://loodusegakoos.ee/en page and you'll have a smaller chance to miss some information. e.g. for Oandu-Ikla - http://loodusegakoos.ee/where-to-go/hik ... king-route
But even then you might miss some updates, for example there's a major re-route at section II, but as far as I can tell, GPX files are not updated, Google Maps of whole route on Eng page is not updated and section II route on Google Maps on Eng page is just not there; Google Maps linked from Est page of section II seems up to date. To get an idea what I'm raving about -
https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mi ... 06051&z=10
https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mi ... 20707&z=10 (that's the current route)
For rules of conduct (wild camping etc) you can refer to http://loodusegakoos.ee/rules-of-conduct , though it might seem bit vague.
Links to Google Maps on the English site are not working, so take a look at this:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mi ... 72034&z=10
I would recommend northern part of the trail. From Oandu to Aegviidu (86km) or Oandu to Hiieveski (134km). From Aegviidu there is train connection to Tallinn and from Ardu near Hiieveski you can take bus to Tallinn.
On this part of the trail you will get diverse and interesting terrain (in my opinion). You will see forests, a small waterfall, bogs, lakes, etc.
Camping in the wild is generally allowed if there are no restriction signs. However, in nature reserves camping is allowed only in designated places. Making fire is allowed only in prepared and designated places. http://loodusegakoos.ee/rules-of-conduct
There are plenty of prepared official camping sites on the route, so you probably will not need to camp in the wild.
Most of huts are free, but there also some rental huts. You need to check it on http://loodusegakoos.ee website.
In mid-September there should be mushrooms if the weather has been favorable.
Start From Oandu or start from Narva mnt and head to aegviidu.
Both have pretty good transport options.
You can camp in the wild but you aren't allowed to make a fire anywhere other than the official camp sites. If you do camp in the wild, you should pick a spot where you least disrupt the vegetation.
Getting to Oandu might be tricky, last time I checked the options for public trnsport, they involved several buses. I've written a bit about it here http://escapist.ee/onfoot/transport/start-and-endpoints (maybe you'll find something useful )
Another way I recommend - start from Lelle - https://goo.gl/maps/fXFiAiFsPMP2 - very convenient to get there with train from Tallinn.
If you start from Lelle ( towards Oandu/Altja) you are hiking through Loosalu Bog and Kakerdaja Bog.
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