One of the most known places to visit in Estonia – Taevaskoja
There is rarely a tourist, a foreign friend who stays more than few days in Estonia and is NOT brought to Taevaskoja (The Chamber of Heaven). It is a place where most Estonians have been for picnics, little get-togethers, walks, school outings. I have had my share of family trips there, I have brought two French guys there who picked some mushrooms and very overjoyed about (normal mushrooms!) the fact that they can make a mushroom sauce with self-picked mushrooms. Little joys.
Taevaskoja, on the banks of the ancient valley of the Ahja River, is one of the most frequently visited sites in southern Estonia. The sandstone outcrops and ancient river here form the most beautiful part of the Ahja River Landscape Reserve. Legends talk of caves and secret passageways and of demons and mermaids. A walk from Saesaare dam to the outcrop at Little Taevaskoja, Emaläte brook, Neitsikoobas cave and the outcrop at Big Taevaskoja, which rises 22.5 metres above the river, is a good idea whatever the time of year. The beautiful and exciting natural setting attracts hikers in every season – it is a place that every Estonian visits at least once in their life! – Tourist information.
24th of February – Independence Day walk
24th of February is a federal holiday in Estonia marking the anniversary of the Estonian Declaration of Independence in 1918. It is commonly celebrated with fireworks, concerts, parades, and parties. It is the national day of Estonia. We decided to do a bit differently this year, as it is also the year of movement in Estonia and well, I have all this #walkinglifestyle brand-shoes to fill.
So, around 11 on Monday morning we packed our things, got dressed warmly and headed for the route I had ever taken. It was an 8,14km long walk that we did slowly, in 2 hours. The walk is through a forest, next to a beautiful river with some ups and downs. Since the weather has been spring-winter-autumn all at the same time for the last few months, the ground was snowy yet soft and slippery. Here is what we saw.
Walking lifestyle – for keeping you fit, mentally and physically
Don’t forget we all need time-off from our daily lives. Walking is the easiest and accessible thing to do that. Go out for a walk, share your thoughts and inspirations in Walking lifestyle Facebook. My aim is to show how easy it is to find little walks, little time-off-chunks in life to keep you mentally and physically fit. Wherever you are.
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Soon to come – 7 mountain hike in Bergen – read my memories on my first 7 mountain hike
6 favorite walking routes in Ibiza
What I do when I am not walking: counselling on PR and personal branding.