Slītere National Park

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Slītere National Park (Latvian: Slīteres nacionālais parks) is a national park in Dundaga Municipality, Kurzeme Region, on the west coast of Latvia. Although formally established in 2000, it is based on former Slītere Nature Reserve, one of the oldest nature reserves in Baltic States. It is the smallest national park in Latvia.

The park is set in the Courland Peninsula, at the point of cape Kolka that marks the end of the Irbe Strait, the southern way out of the bay of Riga.

It covers an area of 265 km2 (102 sq mi) (including 101 km2 (39 sq mi) in the Baltic Sea), making it the smallest national park in Latvia.

The "Zilie Kalni" or "Blue Hills" are one of the most recognizable geological features of the park. Thousands of years ago, the Zilie Kalni formed the ancient shore of the Baltic ice lake. Further back in time, 40 M years ago, the climate was sub-tropical; fossilized amber from that period is still found by the sea-shore after heavy storms have stirred the sediments on the sea bed.

The small Irbe river runs south-west/north-east, following the coastal line of the Irbe Strait towards the Baltic sea, and reaches the sea within the Slītere national park. Its brown moor waters constantly move the sandbanks in its estuary. In late Autumn, brown trouts swim upriver to reach their spawning grounds.

Getting there

The best way to reach the national park is to drive a car from Riga. There are plenty of international flights to Riga and from here on you can drive. It only takes around 2 hours to reach the national park by car from Riga.

When to visit

The best seasons are during spring, summer and fall. Summer is the most popular time to visit the park and there will be plenty of visitors. The park is less crowded during spring and fall. Winter is cold and the park is not frequently visited.


Park website


Park size

265 km²

Park founded


Useful links

Animals in the Park


Map of Slītere National Park

Image gallery of Slītere National Park

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Sights in Slītere National Park

Some national parks contain more than just natural wonders. This list shows you some of the sights that are located in the national park. This includes museums, cathedrals, bridges, dams and much more.

Hiking trails in Slītere National Park

Almost all national parks have some opportunities for hiking. You can see some of the more popular trails here. You should get local information for detailed information on all trails of the national park.

Natural Sights

Most national parks have there own trademarks. This goes for both natural sights and man-made. This section will list any popular sights in nature.

Bears in Slītere National Park

Bears in Slītere National Park

Few bears in the park

This national park has bears and you need to take the necessary precautions. It is however unlikely that you will come across a bear.