Walking in Estonia

Walking in Estonia: Night walk in Tartu city

Student days walk in Tartu

29th of April there was a 15 km “Experience hike” in Tartu during the Tartu Spring Student Days. First it surprised me that they did such a long walk – usually for “ordinary” people they make walks 10 or less kilometres. So that was good. And the second thing that impressed me was that over 700 people signed up, I guess around few hundred-400 hundred came to the walk. There was approximately 5-6 groups of 30-50 people. (Don’t know the real statistics).

Experience walk in the dark

The walk started at 9pm and finnished ca 3 hours later, so midnight. That’s exciting. But the walk itself was not “interesting” as I would have expected from “Experience walk” as the organizer advertised it. It passed different parts near city centre and then went towards Annelinn and Hiinalinn. The most “exiting” part was the cut between Hiinalinn and Raadi area where I have not been yet. The excitement came from everything being pitch dark, the mud and being somewhere unknown. What I did like was that at least the pace was ok, ca 6 km per hour, but it seemed to slow down after 10 km. At the same time, as I just had walked in Viljandi few days before, I was ok with the pace.

For me the challenge was also to get some nice camera shots – photographing in the dark is not really my cup of tea and I am always struggling. Also this time. But I am happy with few shots that you’ll see at the end.

The trip was led by several guides. A guide giving an overview first.
The trip was led by several guides. A guide giving an overview first.
This is the crowd in front of the Tartu city hall
This is the crowd in front of the Tartu city hall
My group leader Martti
My group leader Martti
It's getting dark in Tartu
It’s getting dark in Tartu
First, we take the stairs to Toomemägi
First, we take the stairs to Toomemägi
Back to the centre, next to Kaubamaja
Back to the centre, next to Kaubamaja
Pass the Emajõgi
Pass the Emajõgi
View to the "Snail Tower"
View to the “Snail Tower”
And they had to take the stairs down
And they had to take the stairs down
Aaahhh, te view on the Kanal.
Aaahhh, te view on the Kanal.
Still a lot of people in the group
Still a lot of people in the group
After the mud path. That was the "exiting" part in the dark.
After the mud path. That was the “exiting” part in the dark.

Tartu is a great city and it offers great opportunities to walk and train, if you are up for it, let’s go walking together! And as I am nearing to my annual walking trip to Norway, for seven mountain hike, every training is useful.

 

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Liisi Toom
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