Best dirt roads across the Baltics?

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  1. Vidal130

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    Hi, I am planning a trip around the Baltic next summer. Starting from home in England then heading across the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and into Estonia. I want to do as many dirt tracks in the Baltic states as possible, seeing the countryside and doing a spot of wild camping. I haven't got much time for the trip so need to keep roughly heading in the direction of Tallinn where I am catching the ferry to Sweden. It would be great to drive some of the coast (trying to avoid the bigger resorts) and maybe camp on the beach in the more isolated locations if possible.
    Any advise, routes and points of interest would be welcome.
    Cheers.
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  2. oblomow

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    Hi Vidal,

    Similar plans here.
    Not sure 2017 is feasible for me, my dr350 is currently stripped to the bare frame.

    Did some research.
    This link might come handy; a bit of a BLM approach.Rather refreshing, wish other European countries had something similar.
    http://www.loodusegakoos.ee/en

    From what I have learned so far is that I think the beauty of the Baltic's has to be discovered. Not like Southern Utah where you are embraced by stunning landscapes.

    Back country riding, I think, is a great way to do this.
    I am planning to take a hammock, tarp, small soft panniers and a more aggressive tire (Metzeler Unicross) .Let's see what 2017 brings.

    Pls keep us posted.
    Cheers from the Low Countries.

    ps I am on the axis London-Moscow, plenty of space to pitch a tent. You are welcome on your way up.( or down)
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  3. Vidal130

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    Hi, thanks for the reply, that website you posted looks very useful.
    If I find anymore info I will post it.
    Thanks Steve.
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  4. Jaak0__0

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    Hi, I think this is best road. Use google maps (street view) and take gravel tracks.
    And use that http://loodusegakoos.ee/en for camping. Sketch33.png
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  5. Vidal130

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    Hi, thanks, that looks good.
    Steve.
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  6. Muttel

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    I would personally go with roughly something like this, depending on how much time you have of course. If you cross the Latvian-Estonian border, I would turn left and take the smaller road that goes along the coast, it's more scenic than the dreary Via Baltica. I would try to fit Saaremaa in the schedule as well. Basically the more of the islands you see, the better. :D Coastal areas are also generally pretty nice.

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  7. randel

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    Seems like a lot of Estonians posting here :)
    I would say our islands are definately nice to see, but both suggested routes are almost 100% asphalt. Ferries will take some time too, especially to/from Hiiumaa.
    How much time have you planned for Baltics? It's easy to spend a week or more on gravel roads and dirt tracks here and I would say eastern part may be better for that.
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  8. JanisK

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    balticmaps.eu
    There you can see gravel roads and some wood trails.
    In Latvia there is ~80% gravel roads.
    I cannot even suggest any, they are to many :D
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  9. RDX*

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  10. __Antti__

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    Nice pictures you got there! Seems to be alot of sand along the coast.
    How is the eastern part of the baltic countries? More gravel roads?
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  11. RDX*

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    From were I have been it is a bit more gravel roads to the east, but there are forests with nice snaking roads to the east as well. South East part of Estonia, South East part of Lithuania.
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  12. JanisK

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    Yes, nice pictures, but
    in Latvia its is forbidden to drive in dune zones and beach.
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  13. randel

    randel Been here awhile

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    It is the same in Estonia, you have to stay on roads or at least tracks unless you have approval from land owner. No driving on beach is allowed.
    But we have so many gravel roads and tracks all over the country, that at least for adventure bikes it's not a problem at all. Could be different for real offroad bikes.
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