National park

Soomaa National Park, created in 1993, is the youngest in Estonia, although its area (390 km²), places it second after Lahemaa National Park in terms of size. The national park, situated in Transitional Estonia, was created to protect large pristine raised bogs, flood plain grasslands, paludified forests and meandering rivers. The territory of the park is mostly covered with large mires, separated from each other by the rivers of the Pärnu River basin — Navesti, Halliste, Raudna and Lemmjõgi rivers.

Soomaa was included in the list of important nature protection areas of Europe in 1997, becoming a CORINE biotope area. Since June 17, 1997 it has also been included in the Ramsar list of international wetlands and in 1998 Soomaa National Park was nominated to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Read more on the official website of National Park