Coast trail around the Baltic Sea project. Connecting the coastal paths around the Baltic Sea
Text and drawings by Frits Ahlefeldt, Hiking.org
The Baltic Coast Trail is a Hiking.org project about connecting all the local coast paths around the Baltic Sea into an +8000km. / 5000 miles long distance hiking trail, that can help to connect locals and hikers around the Baltic sea. It will be a hike that can be hiked in around a year, or as sections. For the locals it will be an all new experience to see long distance hikers. Often taking off from where they live, in one of the many cities or places along the Baltic Sea, to walk till they come back from the other side
The Baltic Sea is the world’s largest brackish water sea, with a unique, but also very challenged ecology. The Baltic Sea is situated in Northern Europe, between Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Denmark and Sweden
The Baltic Sea has a lot of rivers feeding it, and it has a fragile eco-balance with the salty Atlantic Ocean, that also lead waters into the Baltic Sea through the narrow straits of Denmark.
The coastlines around the Baltic Sea all have more or less connected coast trails today, that might make it possible to wake all around the Baltic Sea along beaches, trail and small roads, cliffs and rocky shorelines.
The Hiking.org Baltic Coast Trail project is looking at this as a future long distance hiking trail, passing through nine countries and many different landscapes and cultures
The Baltic Sea Trail project is under concept development in 2019
The name BalticCoastTrail.org has been reserved for the Baltic Sea Trail project
Latvia – Estonia Baltic coastal hiking trail project
A long distance coastal hiking trail has been made together with, and supported by EU funding. This coast trail runs along the Baltic coastlines in Estonia ( 620 km. coast trail) and Latvia (580 km. coast trail)
Both on the east side of Baltic Sea and the project is part of of the European long distance path E9 running from Finland to Portugal
The Latvia-Estonia coast trail takes around 50-60 days to thru-hike and is all in all around 1200 km. long.
Read about this Baltic Sea hiking trail project on its website: https://coastalhiking.eu