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.
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.