Aidu quarry tour

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To spend time by the light blue lagoons, you don’t necessarily have to travel to a warm country, we have them from our own hands. To do this, you have to take the direction to the Aidu quarry in Ida-Virumaa. The former oil shale quarry has become like fjords with light blue lagoons, on the shores and mountains of which active holidays can be enjoyed. If that’s not fun, what is? The quarry, which has been operating for 38 years, closed its doors in 2012 due to depletion of reserves, and since nature does not tolerate an empty place, the lower areas of the quarry have been filled with water by now. There are a lot of tracks there, there are also meters of ascent and descent, perhaps the perfect landscape to measure kilometers with our capable electric bikes.
We are waiting for you to discover Aidu’s career. Get ready and go! See more in the “What to expect” section.

The hike can be done in three variants
* participate in our planned guided hike at specific times
* order a guided hike for your group for a time that suits you (up to 80 in)
* complete the trail independently as a self-guided hike by following the trail using GPS (2-9 in)

The tour includes:

  • Hiking guide/in the case of a self-guided hike, an electronic hiking guide GPS
  • Electric Fatbike mountain bike or mountain scooter
  • Safe and comfortable Cube bike helmet
  • In case of bad weather, a raincoat
  • A light sweet bite on a planned trip
  • A bike lamp for evening hikes

The starting point of the hike: Nõmme tee parking lot
Parking: Parking available
Duration: 3 hours
Track length: approx. 20 km
Who is it for? For everyone from 12 years of age / height at least 155 cm. Athletic training is not necessary
What bike? Electric mountain bike or electric mountain scooter (make a choice when booking)
What to wear? Closed, comfortable shoes and layered clothing appropriate for the weather

What to expect

During the hike we will see the following points of interest:

Sipelgamägi ( ant hill)
Since Esku, the largest excavator of the USSR and the whole of Europe, was working in Aidu, it was necessary to build an equally high hill for maintenance work on the machine’s boom. The excavator itself was the height of a 22-story building and weighed 4,100 tons!

Rowing channel
A rowing channel 2.5 km long and 174 meters wide has been dug for the Aidu water sports center. It is one of the largest in Europe and you won’t find another like it within a 1000 km radius.

Aidu adventure landscapes
Tens of kilometers of exciting trails that will not leave even experienced adventurers cold.

Aidu wind park
In 2012, the construction of the Sõnajalgade wind farm began, of which only 2 of the 33 wind turbines were completed. The reason was that the height stipulated in the project was exceeded. Above all, higher than permitted winds disrupt the operation of air surveillance radars. Construction work on the wind farm can continue in 2024 when a new air surveillance radar starts working, with which height restrictions will disappear.

Aidu spring
Aidu’s lakes get part of their water from passages filled with groundwater from the former Kohtla mine, from where the water presses into the lake.

Aidu Nõmme fire place
We make a stop at the RMK campfire, where it’s good to rest your body and take time out for a moment.

Additional options

We are also happy to organize a full event solution. Additional options for the bike tour:


* Hiking soup, campfire sausage
* Tulivee restaurant 15km
* Mining Museum underground miner’s canteen

Entertainment and culture
* Mining Museum Underground Museum, Concentration Factory, White House
* Museum of Tulivee spirit transporters

Seminar rooms

* Mining Museum
* Tulivee

Sauna and relaxation:

* Mining Museum Motel
* Tulivee Hotel

Additional activities
* Raft sauna
* Boating
* Canoe trip
* Light Raft Tour



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