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Estonia 🇪🇪


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The trail has been put up by country based volunteers. The accuracy of the trail is not guaranteed, nor are the GPS co-ordinates. We do not represent or warrant that materials in the site or the services are accurate, complete, reliable, current or error-free. We cannot represent or warrant that the site or its servers are free of viruses or other harmful components. If you stray onto private land, apologise and get back onto the byway or trail. These trails can be shut or permanently closed at short notice under local law. Do not ride trails beyond your capability. If unsure, get off your bike and walk the trail first. Trail riding alone, especially on trails you do not know is really unwise. Wear the proper safety kit. Many country trails are rarely maintained. You will find ruts, holes, floods, treacherous surfaces and the occasional booby trap hazard deliberately placed by people who do not like motorcycles using trails. When you use the trails, you are on your own. You exercise your judgement in your own skills and your own navigation. All we can do is show you where some of the trails are, but this can change at a moment's notice.

Practical tips for trails you do not know;

1: Ride in at least a pair. If you fall with a motorcycle pinning you down to cold and damp earth, in the Europe we do not have to worry about being eaten by exotic carnivores (usually!) but exposure, hypothermia and shock can do a very effective job of killing you. Do not rely on the trails having a regular through flow of users to come to your aid;

2: If your riding companion cannot pick your bike up off you then get a lighter bike, a stronger riding companion or ride in a bigger group;

3: Trails can vary immensely. A vehicular right of way can be a rocky or muddy scramble;

4: Adventure bikes – especially on adventure tyres – can struggle with some trails. Do not just bowl into trails because they are on a map – they can be horribly technical and totally unsuitable for even fairly competent riders on light machines or experienced riders on bigger machines;

5: Stop for horses and kill your engines to let equestrians pass. A horse spooking at a bike revving will be likely to result in criminal charges if the police get involved and a motorcycle is a lot easier to control than a horse;

6: On the trails there will be free running dogs. Do your best to be nice to them;

7: Mobile phone coverage can be patchy on the trails. Do not rely on calling an ambulance – if you’ve got stuck, the emergency services are going to get just as stuck trying to retrieve you. That is if you can raise them by telephone;

8: Finally, obey the golden rule, which is don’t be a dick by unnecessarily annoying other country side users or letting ego outstrip talent.

ROUTE INFO

1Length of TET in country
Eastern route: 914 km

Western route: 726 km
2Expected time to cover TET in country
Eastern route: 3-4 days

Western route: 2-3 days
3Best time of year to ride TET in country
Apri and October - November - be prepared for nighttime temp below freezing point, possible snow and a lot of mud when raining

Best time from May to September.

December to March - probably deep snow, ice and temperature below freezing. Spiked tires preferred.

4Entry point into country
South: Tsirgumae
5Exit point from country
North: Tallinn
6Language(s)
Official language - Estonian, but english and/or Russian language usually ok
7Currency
Euro
8Emergency telephone number
112
9Drive on the...
Right
10Laws regarding wild camping
Camping is allowed only in designated areas or with the land owner's approval. Hiking on private land is allowed from sunrise till sunset. Wild camping is usually not a problem if you don't make excessive noise, are away from buildings and take your garbage with you. There are a huge number of free camping places and huts. There are also many that charge a small fee, but then usually they provide electricity etc. These must be booked in advance. Both free types are available all over the country. For more information visit: www.loodusegakoos.ee/en
11Trail riding and the law
Driving is allowed only on roads. Using footpaths and trails or driving off road is not allowed. Driving on beaches is prohibited.

Using private roads (designated with the sign ""Eratee"") is allowed only with the road owner's approval.

The sign ""Eramaa"" (Private land) designates private land and you may enter but you must obey the rules for private land use.

Many smaller roads can be privately owned and without signs so be polite if you meet a (sometimes angry) owner and usually you'll have no problems after a chat.

Never use designated hiking trails, especially in nature parks. It can be expensive!

12Bike events on or near the TET
Jogevatreff bikers meet in the end of July every year in Jogeva http://www.jogevamc.ee/

Motorcycle orienteering, suitable for both roadbikes and enduros, doesn't require a racing licence: http://orienteerumine.streetmoto.ee/

Estonian motorsport federation events: http://www.msport.ee/kalender/kalendrid/

Various motocross, enduro, road racing and hill climb events can also be found

ROUTE OVERVIEW

EASTERN ROUTE:

The route generally follows the RMK hiking route from south east to north east to the capital using mainly gravel and forest roads. Shorter sections can also be more technical and there are some asphalt sections too - especially around capital. Following the hiking route means easy access to numerous campsites and sightseeing places.

Coming from Latvia, South-East Estonia has nice curvy gravel roads through pineforest and hills (for a country where the maximum altitude is 318m - the highest in Baltics though!) . Visit Piusa caves and Taevaskoja sandstone cliff - the hiking trail to the cliff goes through forest with some trees up to 40m high. Cross Emajogi river by human-powered barge at Kavastu. After that, visit old fishing villages at Peipsi Lake near Kallaste and buy some dried fish. Near Jogeva, visit Elistvere animal park to see some local wild animals.

After Jogeva, you head to the North-East part - an area very different to the rest of the country. Visit Peipsi Lake and take a swim in Europe's fourth largest lake. Roads in this area are more rocky because limestone is close to surface. Many small forest roads are covered with rough crushed limestone from mines. And be careful, we have also many swamps here where riding gets muddy!

You reach the northern coastline close to Aa village, can visit the 30m high Valaste waterfall and enjoy up to 40m high limestone coastal cliffs.

Northeastern Estonia is also an important industrial area where you'll see our highest man-made mountains - made of spoil from the mines. The old abandoned ash mountain in Kivioli is over 100m high and has an adventure park (www.tuhamagi.ee) with different activities available. This is also a place where different motorcycle events take place including hillclimbs and sidecar motocross European championships.

Now it's time to go to Paris or rather a village named Pariisi for some pictures!

Near Tapa the Russian army had an artillery ground for tanks and the air force which is now used by NATO forces. This has left an area of mostly untouched nature, but please observe and obey the information boards and closed barriers during military excercise - or you may be attacked by Abrams tanks or A-10 Thunderbolts! But when the gates are open, you can enjoy riding on nice sandy roads through the forest.

Before finally arriving in Tallinn and the end of the Estonian western part of the TET, you can visit Linnamae hydro-electric station and the over 50m wide Jagala waterfall. In Tallinn itself, visit the 314m high TV tower for a great view over the city and walk to the edge at over 170m if you're brave enough. With clear skies you can even see the Finnish coastline 80km away. Once a year there's a Base Jump Boogie too (www.teletorn.ee/en)

Before arrival in ferry port, drive a lap of the now closed historic Pirita-Kose-Kloostrimetsa racing track and stop for a moment at the Joey Dunlop memorial. His tragic accident led to the closing of this track.

Before entering the city centre, take a look at Lauluvaljak - the Tallinn Song Festival grounds with its huge arc shaped stage (http://lauluvaljak.ee/en). You can even arrange a jump from the arch

When you reach Tallinn ferry port, park your bike and take a walk in Tallinn old town - UNESCO heritage site. Even better is stay overnight and enjoy the nightlife before starting next the TET stage in Finland.

WESTERN ROUTE:

If you have already familiar with original eastern track or Estonia was your end destination and you’re returning back, you can now ride also western track. Although with less variety, it still offers some uniques driving experience. In the future western track will also cover our islands Hiiumaa and Saaremaa. At the moment you can still take a detour from track and discover these beautiful islands.

Leaving capital Tallinn, you pass Männiku motocross track and Männiku sand quarry. Around the lakes are many tracks mostly suitable for hard enduros, take your time to discover! Going west, you are heading to Paldiski. A closed city during soviet time with nuclear submarine training centre is now big industrial harbour with hundreds of new cars waiting for transport to customers in Baltics and Russia. But you can drove on nice limestone cliff around peninsula instead. Some nice views and challenges guaranteed!

After Paldiski you are heading towards Haapsalu, visit Padise monastery ruins and enjoy nice gravel roads. Track will lead you to abandoned Soviet Piirsalu rocket base, be aware that there is still active shooting range and base area can be closed at times. You can take a detour to Nõva recreational area with free campsites, nice sandy beach, pine forest and hiking trails. Because western Estonia is low and with many swamps, some asphalt sections are unavoidable. We have picked nice curvy sections for you though! Now you can take a detour to Hiiumaa if you wish.

Going south, you will soon reach Kasari river. Take a look at Kasari concrete bridge, with 307m longest concrete bridge in Europe and Russia when it was built in 1904. Heading towards Virtsu, track follows old railway embankment for several kilometers. It’s easily distinguishable because it’s totally straight for many kilometers with old railway station buildings next to it. You can follow this route to Virtsu and take a ferry to Muhumaa and Saaremaa islands. But our track turns east towards Pärnu. Small forest roads will lead you to Pärnu bay.

Pärnu is our famous summer capital and if you like crowded beaches, high prices and parties, this is the place to be in the summer. But instead you can refuel your bike, buy some food and head towards least populated area in Estonia - Soomaa (swamp land). Our track goes first south and then east along Estonian-Latvian border..Before arriving our smallest city Mõisaküla with only 839 inhabitants, our track takes you briefly to Latvia to avoid asphalt in our side. When you are close to Nuia, away from swamp area you can enjoy some nice hilly gravel roads again. Going further east, you will pass several nice campsites near lakes. Take your time for swim or lunch or put up your tent for tonight!

After Valga, you are close to end of our track. Enjoy nice forest roads through Karula national park and before leaving Estonia, you can climb to Tellingumäe watch tower and take a look to landscape around you! You can now head to Latvia or continue on Estonian eastern trail back towards capital Tallinn.


WHAT NOT TO MISS

Piusa caves

Taevaskoja sandstone cliff

Kavastu barge

Elistvere animal park

Fisherman villages near Kallaste

Peipsi lake

Valastu waterfall

Limestone cliff at northern coast

Tallinn TV tower

Tallinn old town and nightlife

Numerous gravel roads all over the country