Discover rich, protected wilderness

Latvia, a country known for its charming medieval cities and Baltic Sea coastline, also boasts a network of national parks with hidden gems waiting to be explored. These natural wonders offer a retreat into unspoiled landscapes, teeming with diverse flora and fauna.

Gauja National Park

Gauja National Park, the first and largest national park in Latvia, is a testament to the country’s commitment to preserving its natural heritage. Just a short drive from the capital, Riga, this park is a paradise for nature enthusiasts. The Gauja River winds through the park, carving out picturesque valleys and cliffs that offer breathtaking views.

The park is a haven for outdoor activities, with numerous hiking and biking trails catering to various skill levels. Castle ruins, such as Turaida Castle, add a touch of history to the lush surroundings. Wildlife enthusiasts will delight in the diverse fauna, including deer, beavers, and a variety of bird species. Gauja National Park is a perfect blend of natural wonders and cultural heritage.

Gauja National Park ©Kristaps Ungurs
Gauja National Park, © Kristaps Ungurs

Kemeri National Park

Kemeri National Park, situated on Latvia’s west coast, is renowned for its unique wetland ecosystems. The Great Kemeri Bog Boardwalk takes visitors on an immersive journey through the heart of the park, offering a chance to witness the vibrant colors of mosses, heathers, and bog pools.

This national park is a vital habitat for migratory birds, making it a bird-watcher’s paradise. The eerie beauty of the landscape, combined with the calming whispers of the wind through the pine trees, creates an otherworldly atmosphere. Kemeri National Park is a sanctuary for those seeking solace in the embrace of untamed nature.

Great Kemeri Bog Boardwalk ©Artis Veigurs
Great Kemeri Bog Boardwalk, © Artis Veigurs

Slitere National Park

Slitere National Park, located on Latvia’s northwest coast, captivates visitors with its pristine coastal beauty and cultural significance. The park’s landscape includes sandy beaches, dunes, and dense forests. The picturesque Cape Kolka, where the Baltic Sea meets the Gulf of Riga, is a must-see for its panoramic views and vibrant sunsets.

Apart from its natural wonders, Slitere is rich in cultural history. The park showcases traditional Livonian villages, providing a glimpse into Latvia’s ancient coastal communities. Exploring Slitere National Park offers a harmonious blend of coastal splendor and cultural immersion.

Slitere National Park ©Jānis Bautra
Slitere National Park, © Jānis Bautra

Razna National Park

Razna National Park is a hidden jewel waiting to be discovered. The park’s centerpiece, Lake Razna, is the second-largest lake in the country and serves as a haven for waterfowl and migratory birds. The surrounding forests, with their diverse flora and fauna, provide a perfect backdrop for nature enthusiasts.

Latvia’s national parks present an opportunity to connect with nature in its purest form. Whether exploring the lush valleys of Gauja, traversing the captivating wetlands of Kemeri, or immersing oneself in the coastal charm of Slitere or in the lakes and forests of Razna, each park offers a unique tapestry of biodiversity and cultural heritage.

Rāzna National Park ©Jānis Bautra
Rāzna National Park, © Jānis Bautra

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