Improving endangered lichen habitat

Another project on an Estonian island? Sign me up!

The Rumpo peninsula is the habitat of unique and rare lichen communities and the only habitat of the curled snow lichen (Flavocetraria cucullata) in Estonia.

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InstaTrip Pt.4 – Kurzeme 2

The InstaTrip Pt. 4, which is the one the article is going to be about, was organised by the Latvian travel agency again (meaning – the first one, to which I went and covered in my blog, was also organised by them).

Watch the official InstaTrip video which was created by
Arvids (Eaglewood Films)
click here for the video

See all our pictures on Instagram under #EnjoyLatvia and #InstaTripLV hashtags

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Hiking alongside the Amata river

The Amata river is considered to be the fastest flowing and the wildest river for boating in Latvia. It’s not recommended for amateurs to boat there with no professional in charge. So, every adrenaline seeker and adventurer who reads this article, keep that in mind when visiting Latvia! But this time the article won’t be about boating but instead about hiking along the Amata river. Slippery trail, challenging but nevertheless – awesome!

Had a really great time with these awesome folks!

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InstaTrip Pt. 2 – Explorers

So basically, I had this idea to document a rare phenomenon of when the seashore departs and uncovers an interesting view all around the Latvian seashore. It last happened in 1986. The destination of the trip was the farthest northern point of Kurzeme – Kolka (region of Latvia) where this phenomenon is easiest to see. Kolka is a special place because it’s a meeting point of two seas that never mix – Gulf of Riga and Baltic sea.

Despite having little hope of success, I invited people on Facebook to join me on a trip and in just a few minutes we formed a group of four people – enough to fit in a car. We were ready for the next Instagram trip!

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Saving toads on Estonian islet

First of all, this was the first time I’d ever been to Estonia. And honestly, it was everything I could ask for. I’m a Latvian who lives literally next to Estonia. I still can remember the trip in detail, so I would like to share the story.
I’m a volunteer at World Wildlife Fund Latvia or Latvian for “Pasaules Dabas Fonds” – which is the Latvian equivalent of the name. It all started when I got an email about a chance to be a part of the trip which was to take place on Estonian islet called “Manija” and I immediately replied “I’m definitely in!”. Mostly, I’m not that spontaneous, but this and the last adventure I wrote about in “Instagram trip” prove that I can be quite spontaneous after all.

Not bad for the first time in Estonia.
Not bad at all.

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