EXPLORE Great Ķemeri Bog Boardwalk

Updated: Aug 23, 2019

Make the sandwiches and prepare a tea in a thermos and let's go to the Great Ķemeri Bog Boardwalk? Yes, it's great idea!

The Great Ķemeri Bog Boardwalk is near the end of Jurmala (where Kauguri ends) and is the perfect place to go with a family, one or a friendly circle of friends on sunny days all year along. Great Ķemeri Bog Boardwalk is not only one of the largest moss bogs on the coast of Latvia, but also an important nesting site for several rare species of bog birds. Holding eyes open, at the tops of the pines you can see the small gray anthus and near pathway there is chance to meet the white motacilla, but the tops of the trees you can see how grus grus flies.

Anthus

White motacilla

Grus grus

The Great Ķemeri Bog Boardwalk is near the end of Jurmala (where Kauguri ends) and is the perfect place to go with a family, one or a friendly circle of friends on sunny days all year along. Great Ķemeri Bog Boardwalk is not only one of the largest moss bogs on the coast of Latvia, but also an important nesting site for several rare species of bog birds. Holding eyes open, at the tops of the pines you can see the small gray anthus and near pathway there is chance to meet the white motacilla, but the tops of the trees you can see how grus grus flies.

Those who have already been here, have thought about why the diversity of trees in the bog is so liquid and not tall? To really clearly imagined neither was I, but searching more details I found that the soil in the bog is nutrient-poor, sour and overwhelmed in many places. Most trees are unable to survive in such harsh conditions, so here you can only find pines and birches, which in their greatness are not like the brothers of the species found in the forest. 

The total length of the footbridge is 3.4 km, made up of two circles similar to the eight. So you can choose to go along the 1.4km long route or the 3.4km long explorer route, where you can also climb up the tower and down there is picnic tables where you can eat your sandwiches.

Interestingly, although Great Ķemeri Bog Boardwalk has been a frequent destination since childhood, only now I learned about how this popular place was made for locals and tourists. So, as it appears, the famous observation tower with a renewed footbridge is only 6 years old. Before that, there was a meteorological station that was closed in 1990. In 2000, for the first time visitors had access to a footbridge from Soviet time. In 2008, the footbridge had to be closed because of depreciation and in 2013, in a new form, it became available again to nature lovers.

No matter how many times you have been here, the feeling is nice.  This really is a great place to get away from everyday bustle and breathe in different smell. Especially worth visiting here is sunrise or sunset time. I can't describe the view here, you have to drive it, grab it, catch it, feel it!

Maybe at the beginning of the text I scattered the words '' available to everyone '', unfortunately there are no handrails and elevations along the length of the footbridge so that the route can be accomplished by wheelers, as well as mothers with babies I would recommend to go for a walk with ergo carrier. Go with baby carriages will be not only difficult for you, the slits of the pathway are relatively big, and the exchange of other visitors will be problematic, not to mention, what happens when you have to excange with another mother with baby carrier. We risked, yes, and went with the baby carier, but it was 4:00 in the morning, when there is not so much crazy people.

Well, let's go to make a beautiful pictures and SEE YOU IN ADVENTURE! :)

FREE ENTRANCE

PARKING 2EUR, but it is possible to park the machine a few meters below for free

WC, picnic places - AVAILABLE

GPS 56.9179405.23.4676017



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