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The Pan-Baltic hiking conference in November 9-10, 2021 taking place in Kuldīga, Latvia, will celebrate  the success of the Baltic Trails (baltictrails.eu) connecting Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with the European network of hiking paths as part of the routes E9 (Baltic Coastal Hiking) and E11 (Baltic Forest trail).

The conference will bring together stakeholders sharing experiences in planning, implementation, management and maintenance of long distance cross-border hiking trails. The keynote speeches will present experiences from the Baltics, Sweden and Norway. Presentations will be followed by Baltic panel discussions highlighting challenges and solutions in practical aspects such as local acceptance and support, benefits and sustainability of long distance hiking trails.

The conference will take place according to the national epidemiological safety measures. On-site for invited participants only: the project partners and others directly involved from the 3 Baltic countries, and the conference speakers. For all others we shall provide for a quality and active on-line participation in Zoom, where it will be possible to join discussions and ask questions, oral and written.  

The 2nd conference day will offer a 10km hike on the Forest Trail section No. 92, Snēpele – Pelči,  with a focus on trail management, meeting with the municipality representatives and trail managers. We shall follow the actual safety regulations and hope that on the 2nd day, it will be possible for all participants to meet face-to-face for the hike as an outdoor event. Fill in the registration and  wait for our confirmation!

The event will be organized as a hybrid – on-site (invited audience up to 50 persons, according to the current safety regulations. Participation only with COVID-19 vaccination or recovery certificate) and on-line. The conference working language is English.

Please register to receive the conference Zoom link!

>>>The registration is open until 27.10.21.
>>> Full programme (PDF).
The conference working language is English.

>>> Contacts and information: anna@celotajs.lv.



With a hiking tour on September 4 in Lahemaa national park, Estonia the Forest Trail will be launched as part of E11 long distance hiking path of the European hiking path network. Everybody is welcome to join the 13km opening hike from Vainupea to Oandu villages in Lahemaa national park: Forest Trail section #41.

Tallinn in Estonia is the final destination in the E11 long distance hiking path of the European hiking path network. The E11 route goes: Scheveningen (NL)–Osnabrück (D)–Potsdam (D)–Poznań (PL)–Ogrodniki (PL)–Lazdijai (LIT)–Rīga (LAT)–Tallinn (EST).

Event PROGRAMME and REGISTRATION.

!!!! Only people who can show a COVID-19 certificate will be able to participate or negative test not earlier then 72hours.

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Baltic Coastal Hiking is a part of E9 long distance hiking route along the Baltic Sea coast. It starts in Nida resort town, Lithuania, near the border of Lithuania and Russia; crosses Latvia through Rīga and ends in Tallinn, Estonia. This is a map of the Southern Part of the Baltic Coastal Hiking for hikes in Lithuania and Latvia from Nida resort town on the border of Lithuania and Russia to Rīga.

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Due to Midsummer holidays and the postponed working day, the office of "Lauku ceļotājs" will be closed from June 23-27. We will work on June 21-22 and then return on June 28. Happy Midsummer!


Kas jāzina un kam jāpievērš uzmanība pirms dodies atpūsties “Zaļajās brīvdienās”? Pēc kādiem kritērijiem atpūtas vietas Latvijā izvēlas trīs bērnu mamma un TV personība Dace Grimze? Ko ģimene iegūst, atpūšoties Latvijas laukos, “Zaļā Sertifikāta” saimniecībās?

Ieskaties https://www.celotajs.lv/zalais.

Materiāls tapis ar Latvijas Vides aizsardzības fonda atbalstu.


The Forest Trail is a part of the European long-distance hiking route E11 in the Baltic States, which leads through the most beautiful forests and national parks. It begins in Lazdijai town near the Lithuanian-Polish border, crosses Lithuania and Latvia, turning into Riga, and ends in Tallinn, Estonia. This is a map of the Forest Trail’s Southern part in Lithuania and Latvia from Lazdijai town near the Lithuanian-Polish border through Kurzeme to Riga. 

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This summer we are inviting travellers to visit locations where important events in the history of Latvia and Estonia occurred from the beginning of World War I and up to the declaration of the two countries' independence in 1918, and then onward to the restoration of their independence in 1990/1991.  More than 300 destinations in Latvia and Estonia relate to military heritage - museums, fortifications, military equipment, trails, bunkers, battle sites, military towns, infrastructure and memorial sites.

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Šodien, 13. maijā, "Lauku ceļotājs" piedalījās Latvijas Republikas vēstniecības Japānā rīkotajā vebinārā tiešsaistē, kur iepazīstināja japāņu tūroperatorus un medijus ar projektu "Lauku dzīvesveids – Pievilcīgu lauku dzīvesveida galamērķu radīšana" un "Lauku dzīvesveida" produktiem Latvijā.

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On December 11, 2020, the winners of the competition "New Tourism Product 2020" in Latvia organized by the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA) were announced. The first place was awarded to the tourism product nominated by Vidzeme Planning Region – the long-distance hiking route Forest Trail (Baltic Forest Hiking).

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An increasing number of rural tourism accommodation owners are ready to take all required safety precautions and receive guests who need a place to stay for self-isolation or quarantine. The sites are located in all regions of Latvia, most of all – in the central part of the country. 

We keep an updated list of such accommodations and their online map >>> HERE.

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