Mazsalaca Things to Do
There are many wooden sculptures along the paths in Skanakalna dabas parks. They tell the story of legendary folk hero Kurbads and his fights against many evil mythological characters.
In Latvian folklore pine with its roots out of soil is oftenly called pine of werewolfs. The legend tells that if one goes through its roots naked at the certain time of the day then one becomes a werewolf.
Skanaiskalns is the main rock in the park. Although it is not the most beautiful, Skanaiskalns is well known for its echo.
There are few buses each day from Riga (3.5 hours; 2.5 Ls one way), Valmiera (1 hour; 1 Ls one way) or Rujiena. You can go at first to Valmiera (better by bus than train because the bus and train stations are not close) and then take the local bus (Valmiera - Mazsalaca) than wait for the direct Riga - Mazsalaca bus. The information in Lonely Planet about train travelling to Mazsalaca is not correct - there is no train connection to Mazsalaca anymore.