North-Estonian Recreation Area

North-Estonian Recreation Area is rich in forests and its environment has been shaped through millennia by nature and people. Varied landscapes offer excellent opportunities for hiking, picking berries and mushrooms and other forms of forest recreation. Forestry has been an important industry in this area and the extensive forest heritage is worth discovering. North-Estonian Recreation Area largely consists of nature reserves and this is why the goal of RMK is to create such conditions in the state forest that visitors could stay in nature without harming it. For that purpose, nearly 50 km of study and hiking trails, and several campsites and recreation sites have been built in the forest. Camping and making campfire is permitted only in designated places! Campsites in this area are not suitable for large public events, only nature camps can be held here.

Forest trails and pathways are meant only for hiking on foot, by bike or on horseback. Driving motor vehicles (incl. motorbikes, ATVs and snowmobiles) away from public roads is strictly forbidden!

The north-western part of Lääne-Viru County and north-eastern part of Harju County
Programmes introducing nature and the history of forestry in Oandu Nature Centre and Sagadi Forest Centre, local entrepreneurs introducing historical and traditional heritage
ActivitiesHiking, cycling, natural and cultural heritage tours, nature observation, camping, picnicking, nature photography
InformationRMK Oandu Visitor Centre 
RMK Lahemaa Visitor Centre
+372 676 7010
+372 329 5555
Contact us
Oandu, Haljala Municipality, Lääne-Viru County
Palmse, Haljala Municipality, Lääne-Viru County
Visitor Management  State Forest Management Centre (RMK)
Protected Area Manager Environmental Board of Estonia
+372 662 5999,
Additional informationIn Estonian nature, old explosive devices left from the war, still can be found. If you have found an object resembling an explosive device, leave it untouched, mark the location and immediately report the discovery to the emergency number 112.
More information on the website of the Estonian Rescue Board.