Soomaa National Park Visitor Centre

Viljandi County, Soomaa National Park
Soomaa Visitor Centre is located in Soomaa National Park at Kõrtsi-Tõramaa. Soomaa National Park, founded in 1993, belongs to the Ramsar sites – wetlands of international importance. Its predecessors were the botanical reserve of Halliste wooded meadow, founded in 1957, and four wetland reserves: Kuresoo, Valgeraba, Kikepera and Öördi.
The National Park was established to preserve, protect, research and introduce the large bogs, flooded meadows, forests, landscapes and cultural heritage, and the balanced use of the environment in Central Estonia.
Here you can explore large bogs, floodplain forests and flooded meadows and the cultural history, and experience the fifth season of Soomaa – the flood. The hiking trails and observation towers of the National Park provide a good opportunity for that.
PhoneTriin Saluste, communication manager, +372 435 7164,
+372 526 1924
E-mailinfo.soomaa@rmk.ee
Opening hours16 September to 14 May, Mon to Fri 10.00-16.00
15 May to 15 September, Mon to Fri 09.00-17.00, Sat to Sun 10.00-18.00
Type of objectVisitor Centre
Parking facilitiesParking area 38 x 65 m
Amenities
  • Discount campaign programs for schools and kindergartens in winter, spring and autumn
  • information materials and information on Soomaa National Park and other RMK areas
  • possible to visit to the exhibitions in the centre
  • possible to watch films and visit the library
  • forest and nature events

Exhibitions:

  • The Fifth Season 2010
The fifth season of 2010 was special – such water expanse had not been seen in Soomaa for over fifty years, remaining just below the flood of 1956.
Also the roads were flooded, causing problems to local people both for the water damage to animals and buildings, as well as for the things washed away or scattered by the high water. All this can be seen in the exhibition in Soomaa Visitor Centre. The authors of the exhibition are Sandra Kübarsepp, Algis and Stella Martsoo.
  • Soomaa women’s EXHIBITION of HANDICRAFTS
From July 28, 2017 to October 31, 2017 at the Soomaa visitor center in Kõrtsi-Tõramaa
Open from Mon to Fri 9-17 and Sat to Sun 10-18
The exhibition consists of items made in the second year of the Soomaa handicraft gatherings. As on the first year, gloves are the main items exhibited. The second year we have practiced weaving: we weaved rag rugs and woolen blankets. Weaving was new for
most of us, but everyone enjoyed it very much and in the future we will continue weaving blankets as well as cloth.
The second year of our gatherings will also be remembered by the fact that we made friends with a group of women with similar interests living in Southern Estonia, in Haanja area. The Haanja women came to visit us in February and we visited them in July.
Both visits were very exciting and inspiring. We shall continue our joint activities to enrich our lives and prospects.
Enjoy our exhibition! If you wish to contact our group of women you are welcome to write to sandra.urvak@gmail.com
Camping facilities yes
Campfire site yes
Wheelchair accessibility yes
Hiking options yes
SightsThe Visitor Centre is in Soomaa National Park at Kõrtsi-Tõramaa.
Winter accessibilityOpen all year round
LocationKõrtsi-Tõramaa, Tipu village, Kõpu municipality, 71201 Viljandi County.
Driving directionsFrom Pärnu it is possible to go to Soomaa National Park by public transport, taking bus no. 99, which leaves Pärnu once a day. To get to the national park, buy a ticket to Riisa.
See further: peatus.ee or tpilet.ee From there you have to walk, following the signs.
From Viljandi it is possible to go to Soomaa National Park on Wednesdays by bus no. 55. See further: peatus.ee or tpilet.ee
To go to Kõrtsi-Tõramaa, Soomaa National Park on Wednesdays, please book in advance by phone +37 2434 0089, not later than at 18.00 the previous evening.
Departures from Viljandi: 06.30, 12.10 and 17.10
Departures from Kõrtsi-Tõramaa: 07.35, 13.43 and 18.10
Geographic coordinatesLong-Lat WGS 84
latitude: 58.431158
longitude: 25.031412
L-EST 97 x: 6477220 y: 560249