Lahemaa National Park (established in 1971) is located on Northern Estonia, 70 kilometers east from capital Tallinn. Its area covers 725 km² (including 250.9 km² of sea). It was the first national park of the former Soviet Union. Given its size it is one of Europe's biggest national parks. Its charter calls for the preservation, research and promotion of North-Estonian landscapes, ecosystems, biodiversity and national heritage.
The name Lahemaa originates from the most thoroughly studied and visited part of the North-Estonian coast, where four large peninsulas (Juminda, Pärispea, Käsmu and Vergi) are separated from each other by four bays (Kolga, Hara, Eru and Käsmu.) Lahemaa translates roughly as "Land of Bays". The national park is one of the main tourism drawcards in Estonia. Several Companies offer day tour packages from Tallinn, while many people drive themselves. There are four manors situated in the national park. The baroque Sagadi Manor, Estonia’s most known Palmse Manor, picturesque Vihula Manor and Kolga manor make up one of the most unique group of manors.