Press Release "2014 Sustainable Destinations Global Top 100"

Initiated by the local community, the Lake Võrtsjärve Fish and Crafts Fair brings together enthusiasts from all over Estonia

Postcards of Lake Võrtsjärve and Alam-Pedja Nature Reserve now available!

A selection of new postcards with views of Lake Võrtsjärve and Alam-Pedja Nature Reserve has arrived. The selection includes 16 different postcards, which reflect the natural diversity of the region. The postcards of Alam-Pedja bear the logo of the 20th anniversary of the nature reserve.

Map of the Southern Estonia history and culture route

Appeal for donation – let`s make Lake Võrtsjärv a better place

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Nature Lovers,

Lake Võrtsjärv needs Your support:

  • to manage public recreational areas by the lake;
  • to carry out nature protection activities;
  • to raise environmental awareness;
  • to promote fishing traditions and protect the cultural heritage.

Our priorities for the year 2014 are:

-      organizing VI Fish and Handicraft Fair at Jõesuu recreational area;

-      maintenance of Jõesuu recreational area;

-      marketing acitivites on tourism fairs

You can help us to make Lake Võrtsjärv a better place.

Account owner: Võrtsjärve Sihtasutus (Lake Võrtsjärv Foundation)
Bank: SEB Eesti Ühispank, Tornimäe 2, 15010 Tallinn, Estonia
Bank Code 401; 
IBAN: EE47 1010 2200 1008 3010

We appreciate Your kind help! 


VI Lake Võrtsjärv Fish and Handicraft Fair!

Saturday 7th of June 2014

From 10.00 to 17.00

Jõesuu recreational area

This year you will have an opportunity to:

  • Experience Estonian culture (music and dances) and taste local food;
  • Find out more about Estonian fishing and cultural traditions
  • Take part of different workshops;
  • Take a part of boat trips (traditional fishing boats - kale) on a Lake Võrtsjärv,
  • Buy local products and souvenirs (including local fish and handicraft products).

See you on Saturday 7th June in Jõesuu! 

Jõesuu is 37 kilometers from Tartu on the main Tartu-Viljandi- Kilingi-Nõmme road and is signposted Võrtsjarve visitors center and Jõesuu recreation area.

 More information: +372 56 952950,

Alam-Pedja Nature reserve celebrates 20th birthday

On February 17th Alam-Pedja Nature Reserve celebrated its 20th birthday. The Environmental Board (Keskkonnaamet) together with the interest groups related to the area and the advisory council that brings together individuals will be arranging different activities to introduce the nature reserve during the whole celebratory year – thematic nature evenings, various competitions and work camps. The new protection management plan for the area will be completed.

We are 100: Lake Huron is 100th member in the global network Living Lakes

The global lake network “Living Lakes“ coordinated by Global Nature Fund (GNF) welcomes the 100th new member

Survey from South Estonian Tourism Fundation
Welcome to South Estonia!
We kindly ask you to participate in our survey, which will help us to make your stay here even more pleasant.  Answering the questions should not  exceed 10-15 minutes. Please answer the questions in the most accurate way. The questionnaire is anonymous. 

Please, click the link below.

Thank you! 

Tourism organizer of the Lake Võrtsjärv Foundation Maret Kallejärv is taking part of the EDEN Tourism Day in Brussels September 27-28, 2011.

EDEN is the acronym for "European Destinations of Excellence, a project promoting sustainable tourism development models across the European Union.

The project is based on national competitions that take place every year and result in the selection of a tourist “destination of excellence” for each participating country.

The tasks of the project include annual award ceremony during the European Tourism Day in Brussels and also European Tourism Forum, which take place in different countries.


More information:




A Survey for the Visitors of Lake Võrtsjärv

Dear Visitor,

EDEN: Excellent Offers For Responsible Tourists
Europe is one of the most visited destinations in the World. Its cultural diversity, deeply-rooted traditions and rituals, together with the rich history creates an unforgettable atmosphere, which attract millions of visitors each year.

Lake Võrtsjärv region declared the best EDEN destination in Estonia for aquatic tourism 2010
The Võrtsjärv region centred on Estonia’s second “great lake” was today declared the winner of the Estonia’s Hidden Treasures 2010. Aquatic tourism” competition. Võrtsjärv won over the jury with its strong, diverse tourist products, well-functioning cooperative networks and preservation of rich traditions. The winner will present its attractions in September at the European Tourism Forum.

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development „Leader” measure supports Estonian Handicraft online shop
Lake Võrtsjärv Foundation, whose main goal is regional development around the lake Võrtsjärv rural areas, is the main initiator to support local traditions and the creation of entrepreneurial networks in the region. One of the tasks of the foundation is to encourage local people for nature-friendly economic activities which would support the growth of eco-tourism and the development of traditional branch of production in the region.

The 13th international Living Lakes Conference
The 13th international Living Lakes Conference under the title "Lake Management - Challenges in a Changing World" will take place from 20 to 25 March 2010 in Guadalajara at Lake Chapala in Mexico.