Soomaa National Park

Soomaa National Park in central Estonia has joined the Pan Parks network of protected wilderness areas.

Soomaa, which translates as 'land of wetlands', was created in 1993 to protect an area of bogs, grasslands and forests. It also contains the highest dunes on the Estonian mainland, which lie 50km (31 miles) from the country's modern-day coast.

The park can be canoed (in conventional canoes or traditional haabja, canoes dug out of aspen), trekked and, in winter, snowshoed and skied.

It's home to a variety of wildlife including wolves, lynxes, brown bears, elks, wild boars, otters and beavers.

The Pan (Protected Area Network) Parks designation was created in 1998 by the WWF and Dutch tour operator Molecaten.

Soomaa is the 11th park to join the Pan Parks network.