Emajõe-Suursoo winter roads


Emajõe-Suursoo winter roads offer an extraordinary journey through time

A network of ancient winter roads that are unique in the whole world can be found in Emajõe-Suursoo, not far from the European Culture Capital of Tartu. In olden days, these seasonal winter roads in frozen bogs formed an important link between dispersed communities, shortening the travel distance. Nowadays, with human visitors being rare, the unique paths are used mostly by wild animals.

The cultural and historical significance of the Emajõe-Suursoo winter roads is celebrated as a joint initiative between three rural municipalities through a diverse programme of hikes, educational activities and festivities. The winter roads festival will take place from 23 January to 12 February 2024. The festival is organised by Luunja rural municipality government and will be held in Luunja, Kastre and Peipsiääre rural municipalities bordering the Emajõe-Suursoo area.

Date: 21 January – 10 February 2024

Location: Emajõe-Suursoo landscape protection area, Tartu County

More information:

Contact: Maarja Ülper, maarja.ylper@gmail.com, +372 525 7906

Maarja Ülper. Photo: Terje Atonen

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