Latvia 2013

Part of my big cycle trip through the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Norway from Eindhoven to the North Cape in Norway.

I am putting together a planned route for the trip along quiet roads through pretty areas. In the past, I have found that just ‘going’ lands you on ugly roads with lots of traffic. If you know some of the places I am cycling through, and have some suggestions, please let me know!

I have planned two alternate routes through Latvia connecting up to different alternatives in Estonia. Route 1 is along the coast, ending up in the Estonian beach town of Pärnu. The other goes inland, ending in the Estonian university town of Tartu.

I read that it is difficult to leave Riga to the north without cycling along freeway like roads. Let me know if you know a better route! 🙂

Route 1

In Latvia I follow part of the R1 route from Bologne in France to St. Petersburg. The gpx files are from Detlef Kaden. This book/CD combination is excellent, giving route information, as well as info on things to see, accommodation, and visa information for the Kalingrad Russian enclave. I plan to leave the R1 around Birini to return to the Eurovelo 10 route along the coast north to Pärnu in Estonia and then north to Tallinn. The route from Birini is from the Lonvia OpenStreetMap overlay to the OpenStreetMap open source map project. Simply scroll to the area of interest and click on ‘Routen’ to see a list of the paths displayed on the map. A gpx file can be downloaded for each of these maps.

Route 2

Route 2 is the complete R1 route in Latvia. The gpx files are from Detlef Kaden. This book/CD combination is excellent, giving route information, as well as info on things to see, accommodation, and visa information for the Kalingrad Russian enclave.

Comments
  1. City Bike says:

    If you take that route then leaving from Riga, take the Brivibas street and go until you will be on the end and highway starts, then go alongside the Kisezers north coast road and through Carnikava. YOu have to be after that small town on big road for 10 km but it is with very wide shoulder. Turn off to Saulkraasti, there’s very good bicycle museum (http://www.velomuseum.lv/en_about.php) and nice resort on a coast.
    After that take road to Birini (nice castle and hotel and restaurant) and then continue alongisde P9 road (passing Igate manor and watermill pub, nice bakery shop and reaching to Limbazi.
    From there P13 to Estonian border and then already follow the small coastal road.

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