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Lahemaa National Park is the largest in Estonia. It is a beautiful, serene place with a myriad of hiking options. With the bone-chilling arctic wind at our backs, we set off on a 25 KM hike into the land of bears, boars and elk. This is what we saw:

 

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Old Mill on the stream

 

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VIew through the old mill window

 

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Neverending pristine forest

 

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Lichen growing on broken branches on the forest floor

 

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Autumn Leaves waiting to drop

 

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Tree Markings Guide the Way.

 

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The Path

 

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Fresh bear markings on a tree.

 

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Old stairs to forest stream

 

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The Track carries on like this for a full 370km across the country

 

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Pine continues to grow

 

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Sunlight washes over a forest clearing

 

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Blue skies but still only 3 degrees C

 

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Lichen catches falling leaves and pine needles

 

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Shattered stump where a tree has fallen

 

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Thousands of varieties of fungus

 

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From big to small

 

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A tiny sapling sprouts a heart shaped leaf

 

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Sunlight breaks through the dense forest

 

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Spider webs shiver atop pine saplings

 

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A ray of sunlight illuminates a single branch

 

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Staircase marking the start of another trail

 

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Two roads diverged…

 

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Berries amongst the carpet of flora

 

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The golden leaves of a birch in autumn

 

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Fungal colonies on rotting logs

 

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a trembling new tree starts its life