Vasenieki mire is 2 hours drive from Riga and only 30 minutes drive from Ventspils. Vasenieki mire is a moss or raised bog. This is the name given to this type of swamp due to the domed shape of the swamp as it develops. The dome is formed by sphagnum moss, which pile up in the central part of the bog and accumulates water. Vasenieki mire is located in the Stiklu Mire Complex, which is the largest in Western Latvia and formed 5-7 thousand years ago. During the hike you will be able to see the world of moss, small pine trees, deep pools, tiny dark lakes and smell wild rosemary. Most trees are not able to endure the harsh conditions; therefore, there are only a few surviving species, like pine and birch; and the trees do not mature as they do in the forest.
There is a picnic area with benches and a campfire site near the bog. On request we can provide a large soup pot and hammocks for a relaxing stay. Also there is a birdwatching tower along the way.The trail is not marked in nature and is not intended for walking without a “Bog-shoeing” guide.
Trekking boots with waterproof membrane or rubber boots are required.
Features and amenities
Moderate hiking is usually suitable for beginners who want a little challenge. There will be some obstacles in the area, such as fallen trees or wrecks. The route is usually 4-7 km long. Suitable for older people with active lifestyle and children aged 8-10 years.
150 km from Riga and 40 km from Ventspils at parking area on the edge of the Vasenieki mire
From June to December
A natural raised bog (95%), forest trails (5%)
Suitable for children, information boards, viewing platform, recreation area/picnic ground, camping area
English, Russian, Latvian
Bog shoeing trip can be varied with the length of the route and the duration of the hike from 3 hours up to the whole day.
What to bring
You should wear comfortable clothes and footwear. Take swimwear and camera with you. And don`t forget high spirits!
NB! For groups we can design a private programme that best suits your wishes, time limits and budget!