Selli - Sillaotsa

Tartumaa  >  Estonia

About 5 km long hiking trail that runs through the Laeva mire and pine forests.

Added* by Anni
Most recent update 13 March 2022


The Selli-Sillaotsa trail is located in the Alam-Pedja Nature Reserve, the largest nature reserve in Estonia. In swampy places, the trail runs along the boardwalk. The trail starts in an area mostly surrounded by pine forests mixed with some spruce forests, where Red-breasted Flycatcher can be heard. In the nighttime it is possible to hear the calls of Ural Owl. The observation tower is located on the edge of the forest, where you can have a nice view over the mire and maybe sight a Golden Eagle or an Osprey. In the mornings of early spring the Black Grouses are actively singing. If you are lucky, you might also meet Western Capercaillie on the trail.



The site can only be accessed from the Tallinn-Tartu highway. From the village of Valmaotsa you have to turn to the south to get on the road heading to Palupõhja. After about 7 km of this gravel road, you will reach the first parking lot, which is shown on the map below.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Wetland , Moors/heathland , Plain


Open landscape , Wet , Flat , High water possible

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit



Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


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