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Soontagana stronghold - the village Kurese - Mihkli Salumäe hiking trail starts from the bog island of Soontagana.  The length of the hiking trail is 4.8 km. At a tranquil pace, the track takes 3-4 hours to complete. The wet spots are partly covered with a boardwalk; however, it is advisable to choose waterproof footwear. The trail runs on a wide variety of landscapes - forests, alvar pastures, swamps and hills. Salumägi (37.5 m) is the highest mountain in North Pärnu County, sacrificial place of the ancient Estonians and a lime burning place. The age of the ruins of Kurese village and fields is believed to be over 1000 years. On the Soontagana bog island are the ruins of two farms, which are known to have a history of 22 generations. Soontagana’s first stronghold fortifications date back to the 7th-8th century. It is a good idea to build bonfires and to camp on Soontagana bog island, where there are rest and camping facilities, an observation tower and an opportunity to stay overnight in a forest hut; lavatories are available.


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