Interreg V-A — Estonia–Latvia

The Baltic Coastal Hiking project final conference and opening hike


The Baltic Coastal Hiking Project concludes, and to analyse achievements, share experiences and to officially open the E9 long-distance hiking route along the Baltic Sea coast, the Baltic Coastal Hiking final conference and joint hike from Kabli in Estonia to Ainaži in Latvia took place on 13th and 14th of September.

The final conference took place on September 13th at the Lepanina hotel in Estonia. Project partners from Latvia and Estonia shared their experiences, surprises and challenges, as well as stories and insights, during the creation and development of the 1200 kilometre hiking route. They also talked about plans to develop the route in the future and to attract more and more hikers directly from Europe. Steen Kobberø-Hansen, a representative of the European Ramblers Association, who attended both the conference and the hike, informed about the trends of hiking in Europe.  >>> PHOTO GALLERY

On September 14th, the Baltic Coastal hiking route was opened as a part of the E9 in the Baltics with a joint hike. It was a nice hike and get-together for all friends, fans and creators of the Baltic Coastal hiking route. At 11 AM the 31st day of the route was hiked with some little changes – from Kabli in Estonia (from “Lepanina” hotel) to the Ainaži pier in Latvia, about 15km. The hike ended near the Ainaži pier, where we had an informal get-together. Almost 200 people from Latvia and Estonia joined the hike. >>> PHOTO GALLERY

Presentations from the conference

Trends of long-distance hiking in Europe – developers and hikers  Steen KobberøHansen, representative from the European Ramblers Association 
Baltic Hiking trail project experiences, surprises, struggles, process and follow ups, future plans and expectations Asnāte Ziemele, “Lauku Ceļotājs” – Lead partner
Entrepreneurs point of view Raili Mengel, " Eesti Maaturism"
Baltic Coastal hiking online Aiga Petkēvica, Kurzemes planning region
Baltic Coastal hiking  - Ranniku Matkarada page NGO West-Estonia Tourism
Stories and memories, lessons learned from personal experiences while doing the 1,200 km long-distance hike Juris Smaļinskis, “Lauku Ceļotājs”
Challenges and highlights - 1 Kurzemes planning region
Challenges and highlights - 2 NGO West-Estonia Tourism
Challenges and highlights  - 3 Vidzeme Tourism Association
Coastal hiking Kristiina Jors

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