As I had seen most things in Riga and wanted to go explore further afield. The people in my hostel recommended that I go to Kemeri National Park as the weather had turned due to it being mid September and it was no longer beach weather.
The trains run from Riga train station every 2 hours, so I decided to get the 9.30am train which takes about an hour. You need to get off at the Kemeri Railway Station and it costs around 1.50 Euro each way.
When I got to the train station I went outside and there is a map of the area, there is no tourist information and the station was unmanned so the map is the only thing to help you. The shortest walk in the area is the 3.5km walk around Great Kemeri Bog Boardwalk but you have to bear in mind that it’s a 3km walk from the train station to the start of the boardwalk!!
I decided that another good hike was exactly what I needed after my hike the previous day around Sigulda, so off I set on the 3km hike. If you decide to do this hike, turn left out of the train station, cross the railway tracks, and about halfway down this road, you will see a path on the right, take that path as it is a short cut.
When you get back to the main road, you will see a road practically opposite, keep walking down that road, past the graveyard and at the end you will get to Great Kemeri Bog Boardwalk. From here follow the signs and do the 3.5km walk around the boardwalk. There are signs in English explaining about the flora and fauna in the area and the different birds and animals that can be found.
I continued walking until I got to the observation platform, which if you climb to the top gives you amazing views of the area.
I stopped for a bit to enjoy the views and the skies clearing, before continuing to walk around the rest of the boardwalk. It’s a nice and easy walk to do and if you have a car you can park right by the start of the walk. I then walked back towards the train station and as I still had a few hours before the train I needed to catch back to Riga, I decided to do part of another walk. Obviously 9.5km at this point was not enough!!
This time I was hiking part of the Green Dune, this is also a cycling path so watch out for the bikes while you are walking. If you hike the whole route it is 14km but I decided to only walk to the sand dunes as I needed to get back. From the train station to the sand dunes it’s about a 4.5km hike.
The forest you walk through is beautiful and very peaceful, but I was a little disappointed when I got to the sand dunes and found it just looked like a hill, you couldn’t really tell it was a sand dune!!!
After this it was a quick walk back to the train station to get the train back to Riga. I was exhausted after my 18km day!!!
If you are going here for the day on the train, it’s a good idea to bring a packed lunch as I saw no restaurants near the train station and only one shop where you could buy snacks.
It’s a beautiful area and if you have seen everything in Riga & Sigulda and it isn’t beach weather then a visit to Kemeri National Park is a nice day out.
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