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Expedition Estonia is a physically and mentally demanding journey through midsummer Estonia. You can participate alone or with 2-member teams. The journey takes you off the beaten track to untouched difficult terrain, making it a true wilderness expedition. The number of participants is limited in order to protect the landscape. Depending on the spread of covid-19 cirus organisation will decide 1 week before the event if there will be a mass start or teams start by schedule.

The journey through Estonia will follow a navigation channel, in the framework of which a specific route can be chosen by participants. Both map and electronic devices are allowed for navigation. Real-time GPS tracking of all participants is included. There will be more than 40 control points in historically or naturally remarkable places.

Predicted winning time is approximately 19 hours. The course is open for 45 hours.

The race will start by bicycle from the southern border of Estonia (Koidula railway station) and will pass through pine forests of Setomaa to lake Lämmijärv shores. You will travel at night and early dawn through fishing villages and then vast forests of Järvselja to Emajõgi Suursoo wetlands (first stage 75 km). Great bog will be traversed on waterways with a canoe. The bicycle has to be taken in the canoe. Allowing other craft is yet under consideration, but carrying a bike on kayak is problematic. Canoeing is possible also alone with a double blade kayak oar. There are some checkpoints in the bog that can be reached more easily and quickly by leaving the boat and getting the checkpoints by foot & swim in the meantime (water stage approx. 25km).
From Varnja fishing village, you ride out again on bicycles through traditional villages towards Padakõrve forests. You will collect controls in forest and soviet industrial remnant areas. Forest roads lead you to area where road narrows down to overgrown trail. It leads you through an ancient string of forest farms which have turned into moss overgrown ruins. Bears and elk roam here, no humans to be seen, except some forestry machine operators. At the end of the bike stage you will be tested with long straight loose gravel roads as you pass area where WWII fighting took place (2nd bike stages approx. 125km)
The trekking stage begins close to a bog. You will traverse lake doted bogs and natural old forests, search for military bunkers and natural phenomen and vast industrial terrain (old minging area) in the end. You will have to swim over water obstacles of natural and man made nature. The trekking stage can be replaced by cycling – for those who don’t like long travelling on foot (walking (bicycle) stage approx. 40 km).
The finish point of the trip is an object close to the railway with industrial history.

The logistics before and after the race can be arranged for the unassisted participants with the help of trains! We prefer the competitor has own assistant (with car), but for 30 eur you can purchase assistant service from organisation. Taht means we will transport your bag & bike from start to transitions and finish. For people coming from Tallinn airport or Finland/Sweden boat without assistant- you can board the train with your transition bag and bike in Tallinn and take it all the way to start place in Koidula. If there is a lot of participants we will collect bikes already in Tallinn. Train leaves 15.10 from main station and 15.20 from Airport (Ülemiste) station and yourney takes about 4 hours, ticket 16 eur.
From finish you can take a train back to Tallinn. There are 3 trains a day (8am, 15.04pm, 18.40pm), ticket 10 eur.
For people coming from Latvia without assistant by car – you can leave your car in Tartu (or Koidula if you prefer). Then take train to start (17.50pm, 1.20min travel, ticket 5 eur). And train back to Tartu (Koidula) after finish. 3 trains a day (8am, 15.04pm, 18.40pm) ticket 14 eur.
All train information and exact ticket prices at https://elron.ee/en

There are presumably 3 transition areas. There is food and resting options available. Pack your own mattress/tent for comfortable sleeping.

Predicted winning time is approximately 19 hours. The course is open for 45 hours.

July 3rd 20.30 – START in Koidula
July 3rd 22.11 – sunset
July 4th 04.12 – sunrise
July 4th – 3pm, 1st team finish in Kohtla-Järve
July 4th 22.13 – sunset
July 5th 04.20 – sunrise
July 5th 18pm noon – finish closes.

The entry fee is € 100 per person. It includes course design and course map, GPS unit for live tracking, transition area food, a souvenir, an Expedition Estonia t-shirt and all other small details that make the trip enjoyable.
The price does not include transportation of equipment to the start / finish and between the exchange areas. Participants should ideally have their own assistants. If you can’t use assistant, the organizer provides a logistics service, which costs € 30 per person.
Canoe rent will be provided, price around 30 eur. The subject of the boat rental is still in planning process.
There are two rounds of registration, May 31 is the last day to apply to get a t-shirt (after this date, the start package does not include a t-shirt) and from June 1st, € 5 will be added to the price of transport. Registration ends June 26th, but we encourage you to sign up early to ensure the best organization and experience.
90% of the entry fee will be refunded if canceled on or before May 31st. 50% up to June 14th, and no refunds later.

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Foreign participants contact ACE Adventure for logistics support from Tallinn!

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RESULTS 2019
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