The White Dune in Saulkrasti

The White Dune is the area of sandstone covered with sand at the outlet of the Inčupe River where the river drains into the Baltic Sea. The sandstone layer was formed 405–350 million years ago. From the top of the 18 m high White Dune you can enjoy a beautiful view to the sea. For the convenience of visitors, a sightseeing platform has been built on the top of the dune, as well as a forest trail stretching along the seashore.

  • Saulkrastu baltā kāpa
  • Photo: Saulkrastu TC

The White Dune is chosen by newly-weds as a place for exchanging wedding rings. The White Dune is a natural preserve. It got its name from the white hardened sand layers which are similar to sandstone. Over the course of time the sand was compacted and, with the help of water, cemented by wind. The surrounding territory is landscaped and improved and slopes of the dune are consolidated.

A watchtower and a sightseeing platform have been built on the top of the dune. This is the place where such films of the Riga Film Studio as “Kā gulbji balti padebesi iet” and “Nauris” were shot. The roughly 3.5km long walking trail called Sunset Trail stretches from the White Dune up to the Pēterupe.

The trail goes along the lower reaches of the Pēterupe between the river and the Riga–Tallinn motorway. When walking along the trail, you can see 20 secular pines as well as trees with unusual forms:for instance, pines whose branches are of the same length as the trunk and stretch parallel to the ground or are twisted in various twines.

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  • Smoker-friendly
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Available to visitors daily

Last updated: 28.05.2013