Dugout is an ancient vessel type carved out of a single tree trunk. Boats with the same construction principles have been used in many places all over the world for thousand of years. Even now in the 21. century the dugout culture has survived among many indigenous people, in Estonia the region where local farmers have persistently used dugouts in their everyday life is in Soomaa – a region famous for its pristine nature, enormous flood seasons and Sooma National Park. In the heart of Soomaa in Karuskose tourism farm you can studie the finno-ugric dugout indepth and participate in the practical dugout building camps yourself.
1. day – Sunday. We will gather in the afternoon in Karuskose farm and put up the camp. Introduction to dugout building course and supper. A late night trip to the fen.
2. day – Monday. Practical building in the morning, after lunch a trip to the forest, we’ll learn how to pick a decent tree for a dugout. In the evening a film program about dugout building among indigenous people.
3. day – Tuesday. Until lunch practical dugout building. A canoe trip on Raudna river after lunch.
4. day – Wednesday. Practical dugout building before and after lunch. In the evening traditional smoke sauna.
5. day – Thursday. Breakfast and departure.
Times of camp in 2006: 20-24 August
Location: Karuskose farm
Camp leader: Aivar Ruukel
Language of the event: Estonian and English
Bog-walking by wooden path is an easy and nice way to explore the Bog of Kuresoo, at nearby Karuskose Farm, Soomaa National Park.