Husky Dog Sledding tour (Riga, Latvia 2023)



If you are planning to visit Latvia in winter time, then one of  “must have” activities is Husky Dog Sledding.  Tour availible from December till March (depends on weather snow amount).

This tour must book in advence, because its popular activitie in winter time.

We are offering exciting Husky Dog Sledding 3 km and Husky Dog Sledding 4 km long rides outside of Riga in two different, but both picturesque locations.



Husky Dog sledding tour in Latvia (Riga) – on arrival we will meet our guides and husky dog team. Our guide will give you instructions on how to control the sled and dogs. Become a real Musher! The Husky dog sledding track is around 3km long. This is an amazing experience that allows you to escape the city, breathe the fresh air and raise your adrenaline in a fast sled dog ride. After we will have hot drinks and snacks. If snow are not enough for sledges – there is possibility to go with dog-cart! Book in advance!

  • EUR 110,- (in 2-4 people group)
  • EUR 80,- (in 5-10 people group)
  • EUR 70,- (in 11-20 people group)
Husky dog sledding 3km Snaks & Hot Drinks
Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off Transportation in mini-coach



Husky adventure ride (4km) – we offer a chance to spend your holidays with our dynamic huskies. has offers for either families/beginners or professional adventure seekers. Our Husky team provides passenger rides and we are also teaching tourists to mush with our Husky team by themselves. We are based in Araisi, Latvia, our unique historical and woodland trails are the perfect location to tick one off your bucket list. Enjoy the challenge of mushing a team of huskies through miraculously snow-covered forest trails.  After we will have hot drinks and snacks. Then will visit Ligatne village is closely linked with the paper mill. Book in advance!

  • EUR 125,- (in 2-4 people group)
  • EUR 110,- (in 5-10 people group)
Husky dog sledding 4km Snaks & Hot Drinks
Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off Transportation in mini-coach


Hidden Spots in Riga, Latvia

ROBERTS BOOKS (Dzirnavu street 52)

KŪKOTAVA (Tērbatas iela 10/12)

BRŪZIS MANUFAKTŪRA ( Brīvības gatve 401)

M/DARBNĪCA (A.Briana street 9)

TALLINN STREET BLOCK (Tallinn’s street 10)

ROCKET BEAN ROSTERY ( Miera street 29/31)

NURME (Avotu street 53)

ŠAŠLIKS MANGAĻOS (Mores street 22)

ZEFĪRS (Sporta street 2)

Check our tours in Riga – See you in Riga!



 THE CORNER HOUSE / Riga, Latvia

A former Latvian headquarters of the brutal KGB secret police is now open as a grim reminder of their atrocities.



THE LOVELY ART NOUVEAU BUILDING in center of the Latvian capital of Riga is actually a former KGB headquarters known as The Corner House, where political prisoners would be taken and subject to torture and worse.

The city of Riga came under Soviet control in 1940, and the brutal new leaders brought with them the dreaded KGB secret police. Setting up shop in the Corner House, a secretive headquarters in the middle of the city, the KGB began summoning people to uncertain fates within the depths of the building. “Undesirable Elements” could be picked up for crimes as small as having “anti-Soviet conversations” or “instigating panic.” Many of the people captured by the KGB were executed in a killing area in the basement of the Corner House. Still others were crammed into cells with dozens of other prisoners, and made to sweat and go mad with thirst as the basement was kept at around 85 degrees.

When the Nazis drove the Soviets out of Riga during World War II, they opened the doors of the secretive house to garner trust from the population by showing them the horrors the Soviets had created. After the war, the Germans left the country and the Soviets came right back, continuing the secret police practices as they had before.

Latvia finally regained its independence in 1991, and the Corner House was simply closed off so that the country could move on. In 2012 some of the space was reopened as a museum and visitors can now see first hand, the secretive headquarters of the brutal KGB. Most of the official documents are still kept hidden away, but just being able to see the location itself is a haunting reminder of a dark period in the city’s history.




P. Stradins Museum for History of Medicine / Riga, Latvia

Medical museum that houses most notably the taxidermied remains of Vladimir Demikhov’s famous two-headed dog experiment.

SOVIET SCIENTIST VLADIMIR DEMIKHOV SURGICALLY ATTACHED the front half of one dog onto the neck of another dog by combining their two circulatory systems. Yes, this happened.

Though Demikhov’s experiments may seem a little freakish, he was a pioneer in organ transplant surgery. He died in obscurity but his work inspired what is now a modern medical procedure – the transplanting of vital organs. The museum also contains several space-exploration-related medicine exhibits with taxidermied dogs and a monkey that were early Cosmonauts in the Soviet space program (not Laika, but some of her canine “colleagues”).

There is an affiliated pharmacy museum and a small anatomy museum. The Anatomy Museum houses a collection of abnormal anatomy specimens, particularly specializing in anomalies in infants and embryo development.




First-Ever Public Christmas Tree Marker / Riga, Latvia

A stone marker and sculpture in the city of Riga stake a claim for the very first community Christmas tree.


WHEN SOMETHING HAPPENED OVER 500 years ago, it can be tricky to parse out fact from legend. Take the first ever Christmas tree. The custom of a decorated tree at Yuletide dates back centuries, to at least the 15th or 16th century. That much is fact, the very first one? The Christmas tree that started it all? That might be more a matter of legend.

A likely candidate was in the medieval city of Riga, the capital of Latvia. Riga’s City Center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Town Hall Square. Flanking the south side of the Square is the House of the Brotherhood of the Blackheads, and it’s here where the Christmas tree story takes shape.

Near the northwest corner of the ornate building is a slightly domed stone marker embedded in the cobblestones, staking its claim—in eight languages—as the spot of the first public Christmas tree.

The Brotherhood of the Blackheads was a guild of professional merchants and traders that banded together in the 14th century, and remained active in Latvia and Estonia right up through the middle of the 20th century. They were known for their twice-yearly holiday celebrations, including the Christmas to New Years season. It’s said that the Brotherhood put a fir tree in the square, festooned it with paper flowers, sang and danced and cheered the season, then lit the whole thing on fire. (Needless to say, it is also said that more than a few glasses were raised by the Brothers during the celebration.).

The Brotherhood has documentation showing that this all happened for the first time in 1510, and it just might be the very first documented Christmas tree. The chapter in Tallin, 175 miles to the north in Estonia, makes the same claim for the same Christmas. Given the chummy relationship between the two chapters, it’s not inconceivable that they lit up their trees simultaneously. A Christmas tree still goes up in Riga’s Town Hall Square, in the same spot, in front of the same Brotherhood, but with a whole lot more lights and decorations. And that much is fact.



Riga Aviation Museum / Riga, Latvia

A vast and unlikely aviation museum kept alive for over 50 years due to one man’s tenacity.


Thanks to Victor Talpa, Interested parties from all over the world are free to wander amidst the ghosts of aviation’s past while being buzzed by shiny, lumbering jets cruising into Riga International airport.

Young aviation engineer Victor Talpa established the Riga Aviation Museum in 1956. In its early days, Talpa’s employment and subsequent partnership with the Latvian Civil Aviation Administration aided the development of resources and programming culminating in one of the most unique aircraft collections in Europe.

On the grounds of the fledgling museum, Talpa established the Young Pilots’ Club where teen boys interested in aviation theory and mechanics could take lessons and complete basic physical training in preparation for being able to operate the aircraft of their dreams.

Eventually Talpa pled his case that the Young Pilots should have their own plane, rather than a loaner aircraft supplied by the Latvian government. This first airplane–a Mig-21US–became the founding piece of the museum’s collection, with over forty military helicopters and planes of all stripes accumulating over the years.

After the dissolution of the USSR, the museum was taken over by the Riga Airport Administration, which continued to provide the museum with the physical space necessary to all those classic planes and helicopters.

By 1997 the Riga Aviation Museum had been fully privatized, its grounds opened up to the general public. Everything is stored outdoors and may not be in tip-top condition, but most impressive is that Victor Talpa has managed to preserve one of the most treasured collections of its kind for more than half a century despite all odds.






Great Kristaps /Riga, Latvia

The statue of a legendary giant who carried Christ and shouldered the world’s sins.




According to legend, once upon a time a very strong man lived on the Daugava riverside and he earned his living by carrying people across the river on his back. One night he was approached by a little boy who asked to carry him over the river. Although the weather was stormy, the man picked up the child and began carrying him across the river. With each step, the man found that the child was becaming heavier until by midstream only with the greatest of effort could he made it to shore. The boy turned out to be Christ’s son so the man was named Kristaps (Latvian form of Christopher). Now you will find his statue on the right bank of the Daugava.

The story about Great Kristaps was passed on from one generation to another; it saw many alterations and it has many variations. They say that Kristaps was awarded a heap of money and he used it to buy all of Riga. At that time, the town was so small, a wolf could easily run through it. But one fact is definite – around 1510 a wooden sculpture of Great Kristaps with a little boy on his shoulder and a lamp and a stick in his hands was placed by the river. The sculpture was cherished by the local people; they decorated it with ribbons and garlands of flowers, lit up candles and prayed for protection from evil.



Art Nouveau in Riga

Flamboyant architecture from the turn of 20th century.

ART NOUVEAU OR JUGENDSTIL (AS it was known in German influenced countries) was a style in decorative arts which marked the turn of 20th century. It originated in France but quickly spread throughout Europe often merging with local artistic tendencies. It left a trail of iconic examples of design, from Paris metro stations and works of Victor Horta in Brussels to Helsinki main railway station and secessionist buildings in Budapest.

Latvian capital boasts one the most extensive assortment of pure Art Nouveau buildings in Europe. There are over 800 Art Nouveau buildings scattered all over Riga’s historic center. The most striking examples can be found along Elizabetes Iela and Alberta. These include buildings by Mikhail Eisenstein the father of the famous director Sergei Eisenstein. recommend – Best 20 Hotels in Riga (2022)

We have created a list with the best hotels in Riga, Latvia.


———————– Neiburgs Hotel —————————-

Best hotels In Riga


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Neiburgs is a family-owned hotel praised for its elegant fusion of the historical and the modern. Our guests are welcome to book any of our 55 rooms, which offer breathtaking views of the stately Dom or the meandering medieval streets of the Old Town. For our guests’ convenience and enjoyment, there is a restaurant, business center, conference rooms, as well as a fitness room and SPA. Concierge service is quick and efficient and always at their disposal. Apartments – filled with lots of light and created for you to enjoy the luxuries of full service, the suites are equipped with a kitchenette, a fully functional workspace and comfortable bed. Designer furniture and lamps, parquet floors, natural silk curtains and historical details will satisfy your aesthetic sensibilities. Our cotton bedding and towels are soothing and comfortable for the most delicate skin. Each room has a personal touch – original graphic art by Katrina Neiburga – serving as an affirmation of the family values essential for our hotel.

Originally built in the 19th century, Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga graces the very heart of the Latvian capital, just opposite the National Opera House and the entrance to the town’s historic centre. Set foot in this elegant blend of classical and modern styles, and we think you’ll agree: it truly is grand indeed.

Here you’ll discover Riga’s finest collection of 141 luxury rooms and suites. Lush interiors. Luxe materials. And sleek lines — all combine for a rich modern look with the barest hint of mid-century modern. This is the perfect place to relax after a day of meetings, or savour life’s sweetest moments in the company of a loved one.

Ready for the good life? Enjoy relaxed all-day dining at Amber Restaurant, or linger over a beverage of your choice at Grand Bar, Lobby Lounge or the rooftop favourite, Stage 22. The Cigar Lounge also welcomes you for the savviest collection of sticks in Riga. Later, indulge your way at Kempinski The Spa — featuring six treatment rooms, a swimming pool and a health club with fitness centre.

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————- Pullman Riga Old Town —————



PRICE from 159 EUR (Night /DL)



Located in the centre of the historical area of Riga, Pullman Riga Old Town is set in a former Baron Munchausen’s horse stable of 18th century and features a horse breed theme throughout the premises. It offers its guests a SPA centre with heated indoor swimming pool and a sauna. There is available a free Wifi throughout the property and a public parking.

Modern and spacious rooms are fitted with a LED Smart TV and comfortable beds to relax in after a busy day. Park and atrium views are available in most of the rooms and bathrooms come with a rain shower and free toiletries. There is also a voice-mail and a working area.

Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant Equus with international fusion cuisine. Tea Deli offers a tea ceremony experience and Vinoteca by Pullman provides a variety of international wines.
A SPA and wellness zone with sauna is available for guests free of charge, as well as fitness and Pilates premises with views of Bastejkalns Park. On the 7th floor there is a 19,5 m long swimming pool that features views of the park and city canal.




————— Royal Casino SPA & Hotel Resort —————-



PRICE from 145 EUR (Night /DL)


This hotel is so luxurious that its huge suites are given names instead of numbers. Part of an enormous entertainment complex that includes nightclubs, restaurants, casinos and a spa, this venue is like a piece of Las Vegas transplanted into the centre of Riga. Bathrooms are bigger than accommodation at most local hotels and each room is decorated in a different style: New York in art deco, Barcelona à la Gaudi and the golf suites have huge terraces with their own miniature golf courses. Room service, flat screen TVs the size of small cars and countless other luxuries are all at your disposal if you can afford it.

——————- Gallery Park Hotel ———————



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Welcome to Gallery Park Hotel & SPA an exquisite 5-star Luxury Boutique Hotel. Located in Riga’s historic center, this 19th century mansion is a UNESCO World heritage building and a Latvian State Monument. The Hotel lies directly in the Art Noveau area, 3 minutes walking distance to Riga Old town and is surrounded by three parks. Latvian National Art Museum and Riga Congress Hall are situated right across the street. International embassies, banks, governmental institutions and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia are also neighbors of the Hotel. The Hotel’s Gallery SPA area features a swimming pool, sauna and a fitness center.

Grand Poet Hotel

Grand Palace Hotel

Hotel Bergs

Monika Centrum Hotels

———————- A22 Hotel ————————

Best hotels in Riga


PRICE from 225 Eur (Night/DL)


A22 Hotel features a restaurant, fitness centre, a bar and shared lounge in Rīga. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking is available on site. At the hotel each room comes with air conditioning, a seating area, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a safety deposit box and a private bathroom with a shower, bathrobes and slippers. A22 Hotel provides certain rooms with city views, and every room is equipped with a kettle. At the accommodation every room comes with bed linen and towels. Guests at A22 Hotel can enjoy a à la carte breakfast. The hotel has a spa and wellness centre with a sauna.

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Best hotels in Riga

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Hotel Gutenbergs

AC Hotel by Marriott Riga

Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel

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Hillton Garden Inn Riga Old Town


————— Wellton Riga Hotel & Spa —————–

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This 4-star modern hotel Wellton Hotel Riga is located in the heart of Old Town and features a restaurant Allumette, that specializes in French cuisine and has a seperate cigar room, spa centre and free WiFi throughout the property. Rooms are modern and fitted to international standards, with classical contemporary design and decorated in light colours. All rooms are soundproof, equipped with air-conditioning, flat-screen TV, iron and ironing desk. Tea and coffee making facilities, comfortable beds and private bathroom with free toiletries and hair dryer are included.

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Wellton Riverside Hotel & SPA

Avalon Hotel & Conferences

Hotel Justus

Hestia Hotel Draugi

Islande Hotel

Forums Boutique Hotel


Practical information for travelers to Latvia during covid-19 pandemic (OCT, 2021)


In order to curb the Covid-19 pandemic, the state of emergency in Latvia has been declared for a time period from October 11th until January 11th

Before arriving in Latvia everyone must fill in an electronic confirmation form on the website. The certificate must be completed within 48 hours before crossing the border of Latvia. For minors, the form must be completed by the parent/legal representative.

If you can provide a valid digital Covid-19 certificate proving that you are vaccinated against Covid-19 or recovered from it: you don’t need to take the Covid-19 test if you’re returning from the EU, the EEA, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and low-risk third countries. The digital Covid-19 certificate must be issued in the EU Member States, EEA countries, Switzerland or the United Kingdom. If you can’t provide a valid digital Covid-19 certificate proving that you are vaccinated against Covid-19 or recovered from it: you need to take a PCR test 72 hours before entering Latvia or an antigen test taken not earlier than 48 hours before entering Latvia.

The latest list of countries, their current travel status, and the necessary epidemiological measures that apply is available here. Self-isolation is required for everyone if they arrive from a very high-risk country.

This page contains practical travel information for international travelers planning a visit to Latvia during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • People must observe 2 meters distance (applies to both public indoor and public outdoor spaces).
  • Only vaccinated people or people recovered from COVID-19 are allowed to take part in public events. Epidemiological safety requirements are increased there, and wearing face masks are mandatory. Cultural events will be held in the “green mode” only, face masks will be mandatory and there will be a limit to the number of visitors – up to 60% of room capacity. The maximum number of visitors permitted at a cultural event is 1000, divided into sectors of 300 persons each.
  • People with a vaccination or recovery certificate will be able to have a meal in person at a public catering facility within opening hours limited from 6.00 to 21.00. Meals will be available for takeaway for both vaccinated and non-vaccinated people.
  • Services related to entertainment and amusement indoors are not permitted.
  • Retail services are prohibited at shopping centres (with floor area exceeding 1500 m2 and with more than five shops) on weekends and public holidays, except shops selling essential goods and providing household services.
  • People who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 or who have not recovered from the virus are only allowed to shop in convenience stores. Unvaccinated people are able to shop in food stores, pharmacies, opticians, stores selling pet food, press, hygiene products, telecommunication products and fuel retail stations.
  • As the situation in the world develops daily, the Latvian authorities monitor the situation and share their information with the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • In general, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Latvia reminds all travelers that taking care of good hygiene – e.g. careful washing of hands and using hand disinfectants – is a reasonable use of common sense. If you have any questions regarding the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 and your travels, please call Latvian Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) helpline (00 371) 67501590 or (00 371) 67387661 (open 8.30-17.00 working days). In case of emergency call 113.

In this blog you can find some ideas where to stay while you travel around Latvia. If you like adventure, you may want to stay in a hotel that’s a lot more than just a place to lay your head down at night. Nestled on a secluded island in Dagda lake or Treehouse or maybe in Beaver house?! It can be your experience of lifetime! recommend –Here is our Top 10! And we would love to help you to plan your trip! Just ask!

#10 Niedras, lake resort; #9 Kalnozoli, guest house; #8 Sīpoli Mare, guest house;#7 Glamping DiDille; #6 Villa Usma floating house;#5 Peldmāja in Pāvilosta;#4 Beaver house on Usma lake;#3 Melnsils, camping;#2 On island, luxury tent;#1 Čiekurs, treehouse.


In Latvia, adventure awaits both kids and their parents. Here you can find ideas, how to spend time with kids. Book your next trip to Latvia and be sure to include some of these family friendly attractions in your route!

  1. The Amusement Park ABpark
  2. Līvu Aquapark
  3. Net adventure in Ligatne
  4. Laima Chocolate museum


Walking along those trails, you will not only see the most interesting natural objects, but also hear millions of sounds of the Lithuanian forest, dispel the mystery of the wetlands, and at a moment of repose refresh yourself with water from our streams or springs. Read more..

Treetop Walking Path / Parnidis cognitive path / Ecological Cognitive Trail “Litorina” / Juniper valley / Pūčkoriai Cognitive Trail /

What You Should Know About the Hill of Crosses, Lithuania?



Hill of Crosses (Kryžių kalnas) is located 12 km north of the city of  Šiauliai in northern Lithuania.

From Vilnius to Hill of Crosses – 221km (around 3h by car) Map.

From Riga to Hill of Crosses – 123km (around 2h by car) Map.


Hill of Crosses



Facts About the Hill of Crosses

1. The Hill of Crosses currently has over 100,000 crosses from all over the world. There are actually too many to count.

2. The first cross was put there in the 1800’s.

3. There are two stories that go with the hill – a story of faith and healing & a story of nationalism and the fighting spirit of the Lithuanian people.

Hill of Crosses

History of the Hill of Crosses

The first story is that a Lithuanian farmer had a very sick daughter who was going to die. He tried every kind of medicine and went to every doctor he could find. No matter what he did, her health just got worse. Every night, he sat by her bedside, holding her hand, wishing she would get better.

One night, while sitting by her bed, he fell asleep. That night he had a dream. In his dream, a woman dressed in all white came to him and told him that if he wanted his daughter to get better he had to follow her instructions. He was told to build a large wooden cross. He was then to take the wooden cross across the country and place it on a hill. It would be a sign of faith and love for God, and if he did this his daughter would be healed.

He had no other options at this point and decided to build the cross. He carried the cross 13 hours each way to Siauliai. Here, he put the wooden cross up on the hill. Tired and worn down, he started his long journey home.

When he finally reached his hometown, his wife and daughter were both waiting for him. They had amazing news – his daughter had somehow been cured of her illness! She was out of bed, awake, and joyfully awaiting his return!

The story of the miracle hill spread throughout Lithuania. People would pilgrimage to the site and place a cross on the hill hoping it would also cure their sick loved ones. It became the Hill of Crosses that performed miracles!

The second story: For those of you who do not know a lot about Lithuanian history, they have a long and sordid past with the Soviet Union dating back to the 1800’s. In the 1800’s, Lithuania had been occupied and were under Russian regime. The official religion was Russian Orthodox, and the official language was Russian. They were forbidden to practice any other religion, hang any crosses, or speak any other language other than Russian in public.


How to get to Hill Of Crosses?

  1. You can rent car and visit Hill Of Crosses  from Riga (around 2 hours, one way) or Vilnius (around 3 hours, one way). From Vilnius you can have day trip Hill Of Crosses and Siauliai. From Riga you can have day trip to Hill of Crosses and Rundāle palace.
  2. Other option is if you are visiting Riga and Vilnius in your trip. Then you can have transfer with sightseeing stops in Hill of Crosses and Rundāle Palace. Both directions – Vilnius-Riga or Riga Vilnius. Here you can find our offer for  transfer. Price starting from 70 EUR/PAX
  3. Also you can have private day tours from Riga or Vilnius. Here you can find tour from Riga. Prices starting from 60 EUR/PAX

Interesting facts – Cape Kolka (Latvia)

Author – Uldis Vanags, 2019

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When you stand ashore at still weather day and enjoy full 225 angle view at peaceful Baltic Sea, you never except how deadly dangerous this place is for those who are just dozen meters away in water. Cape Kolka

Cape Kolka by opinion of many specialists is one of biggest Ship Graveyards in the world. If we count the years of navigation trough those gates to Northeast Europe, it looks trustful.

Vessels of different sizes try to pass Irbe strait for more than 4000 years. For those familiar with ancient navigation place have another name – Domesnes (for cape) and Irbestraβe (for strait).

One of legends told us that this place once inspired Richard Wagner to wrote beautiful opera “Flying Dutchman” (Der fliegende Holländer).

To understand why you must stand in dunes of cape Kolka in storm together with local fisherman, and later listen to never-ending stories about storms, pirates, sunken ships and lost souls around the Cape.

To understand why you must stand in dunes of cape Kolka in storm together with local fisherman, and later listen to never-ending stories about storms, pirates, sunken ships and lost souls around the Cape.


Just one small note for everybody who visit the place. Please not to try to swim around cape, not in bad or even in good weather. There are beautiful strands just a mile away, but the cape itself despite of drowsy imagination (especially in sunny day) actually is giant maelstrom more than hundred feet deep. offer tours to Cape Kolka book now- link here!