The Great Kemeri Bog is a popular tourist destination in Kemeri National Park, offering visitors a chance to explore the bog and its inhabitants. During the hike you will be able to see the world of moss, small pine trees, deep pools, tiny dark lakes, and smell wild rosemary. The astute visitor will notice the carnivorous plant of sundew, and a variety of birds – wood sandpipers, white wagtails, tree pipits, and also hear cranes further away. The bog land soil is poor in nutrients, acid and in many places sodden. Most trees are not able to endure the harsh conditions; therefore, there are only a few surviving species, like pine and birch; and the trees do not mature as they do in the forest.
During the passage of migratory birds the bog is an excellent place for bird viewing. There are times when flocks of hundreds of birds – geese and cranes – can be seen flying over the bog land, the sound of their cries lingering in the air.
The trail is not marked in nature and is not intended for walking without a “Bog-shoeing” guide.
Trekking boots with waterproof membrane or rubber boots are required.
Features and amenities
Moderate hiking is usually suitable for beginners who want a little challenge. There will be some obstacles in the area, such as fallen trees or wrecks. The route is usually 4-7 km long. Suitable for older people with active lifestyle and children aged 8-10 years.
45 km from Riga at parking area on the edge of the Great Kemeri Bog
A natural raised bog (85%), forest trails (5%), recultivated peat quarry (10%)
Suitable for children
English, Russian, Latvian
Bog shoeing trip can be varied with the length of the route and the duration of the hike from 3 hours up to the whole day.
What to bring
You should wear comfortable clothes and footwear. Take swimwear and camera with you. And don`t forget high spirits!
NB! For groups we can design a private programme that best suits your wishes, time limits and budget!