17/07 HIKE IN THE BALTIC SEA NATURE RESERVE
Pine forest and a sea breeze- both of these are characteristic elements of Latvian coastal nature. This journey we will start with train ride to Carnikava. Carnikava is an ancient fishermen village, known in Latvia as a popular lamprey fishing ground for more than a hundred years. Even though we consider lamprey to be a fish, it is not so. In reality, our lamprey of the River Gauja is a much more ancient creature than fish, possibly even a million years old. We will have a Golden Lampery tasting and continue with a hike (~7 km). The hike includes two beautiful natural sites - Mouth of Gauja and Garezeri lakes.
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Riga is a pretty big city for a typical introvert Latvian type of person, who loves nature - so it is a huge advantage to have a direct and relatively short train ride to beautiful Baltic Sea coastal nature.
We 'll get off the train in Carnikava. Carnikava is an ancient fishermen village, known in Latvia as a popular lamprey fishing ground for more than a hundred years. Even though we consider lamprey to be a fish, it is not so. In reality, our lamprey of the River Gauja is a much more ancient creature than fish, possibly even a million years old. Since the Middle Ages, this strange inhabitant of the rivers has been an aristocratic dish that was served only to the royal courts. However, in Latvia, one does not have to be a king to try this delicacy. According to the tradition of our forefathers, the most delicious lamprey is grilled on alder wood charcoal. Not without reason, the prewar press called Carnikava the “lamprey kingdom” as lamprey has always been the source of prosperity, symbol and matter of honor for the inhabitants of Carnikava.
After Golden Lamprey tasting we will continue deeper in nature, slowly leaving the fisherman village type of houses and turning our face in the direction of green pine tree forests. We will follow river Gauja to see how it meets with Sea. Oh, SEA! It doesn't matter if the weather is nice - it is always awe-inspiring to see the wide horizon. To touch the sand, to touch the water and to feel the breeze. Our journey will continue with another natural site. We’ll explore and pass unique Long lakes (“Garezeri”) created by the receding ice age. There are 3 lakes in the row approximately 3,5 km long together and 0,2 km wide. The Garezeri Lakes and their surroundings are a unique natural area with high ecological and geological significance. That is the reason why this area is part of natural park ‘’Piejūra’’, which was made to protect rare coastal habitats. In this area, one can see rare species of plants, birds, and even bats. The route takes us over aged dunes covered in pine forests, marshes, and red bilberries.
It will be nature around us that will interact with our inner Universe, allowing us to feel like one and remind ourselves that we are part of nature not opposite of it. The guides of THE LATVIAN ELEMENT will show to you how to discover Latvia and yourself. During the hike THE LATVIAN ELEMENT guide/ storyteller will include different tasks, relaxing and energizing activities, team building activities that will suit the needs of the group, as well as introduce the group with local stories and important information about the local ecosystem.
Duration: ~ 8 hours, including travel time
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Return time/ location: +/- 19:00 back at Riga Central station (see map below)