Price from: 45 € /PP
Kemeri National Park was established in 1997. With a territory of 38 165 ha, it is the third largest National Park in Latvia. The greatest national treasure in the Kemeri National Park is the diversity of wetlands – swamps, shallow seashore lakes, bogs and animals which live in the National Park. It is one of the largest areas of sulphur water in Northern Europe and the only one in such vicinity to the Sea. The Park also has many nature trails, beautiful pine tree forests, as well as the coastline of the Baltic Sea. Traditions related to the Kemeri health resort are essential elements of Latvia`s cultural and historical heritage.
One of the main attractions of the National Park is The Great Kemeri Bog - one of the largest high swamps in Latvia, with many swamp lakes and a lovely landscape. No matter which type of Kemeri tour you choose, the Great Kemeri Bog is included in each. Once at the bog, one can choose between 1.4 km and 3.4 km long nature trails. The small circle will lead you to the first picturesque lakes, while the big one offers to enjoy the landscape from above when climbing a sightseeing tower. Both footbridge trails are made of wooden planks thus providing you with an easy and safe acquaintance with this amazing world of mosses, bog pine trees, pools, dark little lakes, and the smell of Marsh Tea. The boardwalk offers a great view during sunrise and sunset (Kemeri Sunrise/Sunset tour can be booked here). As the Kemeri National Park is located just 45 min drive from Riga it can be also visited by those with limited time. For those, with more time, we suggest including a drive through a beach resort of Jurmala and Kemeri town. A tour to Kemeri bog is also among the Top 10 Riga shore excursions.
Jurmala [pronounced Yurmala and means seaside or beach in Latvian] is the largest beach resort in the Baltic States and is located 20 km from Riga. For more than 200 years Jurmala has been known for naturally therapeutic properties such as mineral springs and the mud from the peat bogs. In the 19th century, Jurmala started to change from fishermen's villages to health-resort places and nowadays the city consists of small resorts which are located near the 33 km long white sand beach. During the Kemeri tour, you will visit parts of Jurmala which do not get visited by tourists (Buļļuciems, Kauguri, Asari, Bulduri) and the main tourist attractions (Jomas Street and Jūras Street in Majori, Jurmala beach in Dzintari, Dzintari Forest Park with the watchtower).
Kemeri town officially was founded in 1838, when the emperor Nicholas I of Russia gave this land for building the first bath-house with mineral water. Kemeri town is somehow so unique – it looks like time has stopped here. Houses, many of which date back to the 19th and early 20th century, Russian Orthodox Church (built in 1893) and walk through a lovely park will make you feel like you are travelling in time.
There is no place in Western Europe where Sulphur water can be found in such amounts as in Ķemeri and one of the sulphur springs is located right in the middle of Kemeri town. It is considered to be healthy to wash your face with water from this spring.
If you are looking to do a Kemeri tour from Riga, you can choose one of two options.
Price 45 EUR/pp (if at least 3 people in a group), including transportation, an English-speaking driver and free time at the Great Kemeri Bog.
Price 65 EUR/pp (if at least 3 people in a group), including transportation, an English-speaking driver, and free time at the Great Kemeri Bog and in Jurmala town.
If you wish to have a private tour, it costs an extra 60 EUR in total. In that case, no other tourists will be added to the tour and you will have unlimited free time at the Great Kemeri Bog, Kemeri Town and Jurmala beach town.
If you are interested in Kemeri bog shoeing or snowshoeing, do let us know at the time of making a reservation.
We keep the groups small (max 8 people in the group); If you are in a group of more than 8 people, we can offer only the private tour.
Please dress according to the weather and wear proper shoes for walking.