For its small size, Latvia conjures up a fantastic list of things to do. It is blessed with a diverse landscape with many beautiful beaches, coastlines, lakes, forests, and national parks. Latvia boasts some of the best hiking in the Baltics and outdoor-lovers have a legacy of riches when it comes to trekking trails.

Of course, not everyone wants to see the countryside by walking. Others may prefer the more scenic route. Hot air ballooning is popular within the Sigulda region thanks to the vast green valleys and forest lands. The morning will offer the best views, but any time is a sight to behold.

Even though Latvia is found in the colder regions of the world, it is possible to enjoy a beach vacation. Baltics and Beyond can help you organize a trip to the stunning town of Jurmala. The water is cold, but ice blue and the azure shoreline makes for excellent pictures.

Juliane Sykes Wildlife Holidays is a great company that makes it possible to enjoy bird watching. The Baltic Sea coast is rich in diverse wildlife, as are the many nature reserves.

There are plenty of hiking spots throughout Latvia. The national parks of Gauja and Slitere are favorites for all abilities. Celotajs offers the best choice for short walks to several-day tours, making is possible to organize an entire vacation around the exploration of nature.

Bobsledding is one of the more unique activities in Latvia. There is a man-made track that was formerly used by the Soviet bobsled team before Olympic and world competitions. Each January, it also hosts a leg of the European championships. With 16 bends, count each one twist and turn as you go flying downhill. Contact Events Travel for more information.

Water sports such as boating, rafting and canoes are popular from Sporta Baze Baili. Usually full day tours, enjoy a beautiful trip along stunning waterways to various towns and cities.

Enjoy the magic of Latvia’s stunning countryside from above; hot air ballooning that is. Head to Sigulda where flights are arranged by Altius and are usually offered in the wee hours of the morning during the summer, which is the best time to see the magnificence of Latvia. Don’t worry if you’re coming in the winter months though as flights are available anytime of the day and year.

Just outside Riga, the city of Sigulda boasts forest lands and natural landscapes for excellent horseback riding. Turaidas muiza is a local company that provides tours and trails for full day or half day tours of all experience levels.