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Soomaa National Park was created to protect large raised bogs, flood plain grasslands, paludified forests and meandering rivers. The name of the national park explains well the natural values that are protected here – “Soomaa” means “the land of bogs”. More than half of the territory of the national park (390 km2) is covered with large mires – the bogs of Kuresoo, Kikepera, Ördi, Valgeraba and Riisa. Largest of them, Kuresoo is also one of the best-preserved large bogs in Estonia.

Soomaa National Park applied in 2020 for the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas (, which is issued by the EUROPARC Federation.

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