Being situated on the very edge of a nature reserve, the area offers a vast selection of outdoor activities for every taste.
Take a kayak for 2 for a trip to lake Endla and it's rivers and canals. We offer no-faff, simple-to-use and durable inflatable kayaks with plenty of room onboard for two paddlers and a picnic. Whether you’re just enjoying the water on your local stretch, or heading out for few days of adventure, you’ll find this stable kayak fun to paddle and easy to manoeuvre. Little touches like the back-pack system and spray decks all just add to an inflatable kayak that is capable and user-friendly. We inflate and take it to the starting point for you, so you could fully enjoy your kayaking trip.
Go beaver spotting!
There are about 20,000 beavers and 2000 otters in Estonia. They feel especially at home in the protected areas of Endla Nature Reserve. Spotting beavers is not too difficult in favourable weather conditions. The best time for beaver watching is from April to August. The beavers have a semi-aquatic way of life. They build their home on the shores of a lake or a river. The beaver’s chewing activity is amazing. With its powerful front teeth it can fell trees with a diameter up to one meter. Beavers are more romantic than you think - they are monogamous and the couples are formed for life!
Fishing in Estonia can be a great fun for both amateurs and accomplished fishermen and -women of all ages who love to spend time in the nature. Recreational fishing is a popular pastime activity year-round with Estonia's nearly 4000-kilometer coastline, hundreds of rivers and lakes as well as thousands of islands holding plenty of fishing challenges. Estonian fishing culture is a great part of the local culture, with smoked and salted fish being among the most cherished local delicacies. The local lakes are full of roach, perch, pike, tench, ide, ruffe, burbot and bleak, all of which are popular ingredients in Estonian cuisine.
Lake Endla is one of the richest bird lakes in Estonia. Its reed-beds and quagmires provide habitats for 35 breeding bird species. The best habitats for birds are bigger lakes and bogs in the centre of the Nature Reserve. In spring and autumn migration period, large flocks of geese and swans stop in Lake Endla and Sinijärv. The Golden and White-tailed Sea Eagle nest in the mire; the Osprey and Lesser Spotted Eagle are frequent visitors. Capercaillie lives in old pine forests. The Black Grouse and Hazel Grouse are quite common.
Take the Lake Endla higing trail (8 km) or Männikjärve bog study trail (7,3 km) and see if you can spot any of the 19 species of wild orchids growing in the area. Most noteworthy of them are rare and endangered Fragrant Orchid and Coralroot Orchid. The western part of the nature reserve is remarkable for the number and size of its springs (over thirty). Several of them are among the most coupious ones in Estonia. The temperature of the spring water is between two to eight degrees Celsius all year round. Springs are very sensitive to human influence. As the visitors pressure is growing platforms and board walks are built to protect spring shores.
83 km long Koeru-Tooma-Kärde-Paduvere-Emumägi-Rakke–Koeru bicycle trail goes through Kärde village. The roads inside the village are also great for some recreational cycling and all the local places of interest are easily reachable by bicycle. If you don't happen to have you own bicycle with you, we have a selection of mountain bikes and a city bicycle for rent.
Go to museum!
Paduvere Farm Museum introduces the life led by farmers in the 18th century and the everyday lives and work of our forefathers. There are five oak sculptures created by St Petersburg artist Grigori Azarenkov by the museum. The museum is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, which make it a popular venue for folk parties and theatre performances. As the visit to the museum needs to be booked in advance, let us know about your interest in the museum and we will book it for you!
Visit a Sacred Grove!
The Kassinurme ancient area was established 7000 years ago and the fort 2000 years ago. The sacred grove was discovered when the settlement was established and it is one of the oldest sacred places in Estonia. A fragment of the ancient fort has been restored. At present the sacred grove is the favourite place for history enthusiasts who organise ancient war games there, revive old folk customs and celebrate folk calendar holidays. The health trail lets visitors see the varied nature of the region and enjoy beautiful surface forms.
Enjoy the views!
Emumägi hill is the highest point in the Pandivere uplands and indeed the highest point in northern Estonia. It's just 17 km away from us. The top of the hill is home to a viewing tower which offers stunning views over the surrounding environment, with the Endla bogs and Alutaguse forests in the distance. In addition to the viewing tower there is also the famous ‘Emumemm’ wooden hut, the ‘house of the rising sun’, an old cemetery and camping and picnic sites. Emumägi hill is 166.5 metres above sea level and 80 metres from foot to peak *According to legend, the hill was formed from earth dug out of the Peetla bog by the horse ridden by Kalevipoeg, the hero of the Estonian epic.
Nearby there is a lake with a new pier and children's pool - great for the whole family. Hydrochemically the lake is one of the most original in Estonia. Surrounding bogs cause big content of organic matters and reddish colour of the water; the lake marl in the bottom causes high concentation of mineral particles.
Go to sauna!
For Estonians, the sauna has always been the centre of social life – a sacred place. For travellers, the only option is to visit a sauna in a spa or sports club, but locals swear by real wood-heated home saunas and the social aspect that goes with them. The preparations begin with carrying the firewood, heating the sauna for hours and cooking together. Once the temperature reaches 90 °C, we can get started. And it won’t be for just one session either. The real local way involves several rounds of sweating, cooling down outside, discussing all kinds of life matters, drinking cold beer aaaaand…repeat.