The Euroroute R1 in Estonia (517 kilometers)
leads from border crossing Valka/Valga first to the east, later to the north through the high plateau of Haanja to Räpina und Tartu. Along the lake Peipsi/Peipus the road passes Kallaste and Mustvee before reaching the Baltic sea north of Jõhvi. From here, there is a day trip to the Russian border in Narva.
In Estonia it becomes lonely — the forests become deeper and the distances between the villages longer. Still, the route continually offers diversity and highlights. Along the road you find the highest mountain of the Baltic with its 318 meters, you pass the Setomaa cultural region, and the cheerful cosmopolitan student city Tartu is perfect for a longer stay. The passage along the lake Peipsi/Peipus is as memorable as the way along the steep coast at the Baltic sea.
Estonia has a dense network of well signposted cycle tracks. The Euroroute is signed as “R1” and follows the national “cycle path 3” from Valga to Tartu and from Tartu to Narva the “cycle path 4”.
The path leads mostly on streets with little traffic and for about 30 kilometers on gravel tracks. There are few hundred meters on rocky country roads and on the European route E20 Tallin — St. Petersburg.
Because of the long distances between villages in Estonia, it is recommended to plan the day trips along the overnight accommodations.
If you wish to make a day trip to Tallinn, it is best to take the intercity bus from Tartu.
(Source: IS.RADWEG. 2013)