Justification

Saatse Boot July 2017

Koidula Station October 2016

Piusa River EE-RU April 2017

Most people follow long roads and sometimes they are confronted with crossing a border.
... I follow long borders and sometimes I'm confronted with crossing a road....

I visited the State border between Estonia and Russia 4 times and hiked along the Estonian side from the tripoint near Misso up to the end of the land border at Popovitsa near Värska.
The visits took place in the timeframe the Estonians erected their own border markers, so the collection of my pictures contains a mixture of locations with only one (Russian) border marker and locations with also an Estonian border marker.
I always contacted the State Border Gard Service long time in advance to announce and discuss my envisaged trips and they gave their advices and support. During my hikes I was in close contact with the involved Border Guard Station.
Many thanks to the Border Guard Staff in Tallinn and Tartu and to the Border Guard Stations in Luhamaa, Piusa, Saatse and Värska for their help and their cooperation!
Without their support I could never have achieved this.

Pictures
Tripoint: April 2016, October 2016, July 2017
BM 1-43: April 2016
- BM 1,3,15,16,17: July 2017
BM 44-48 July 2017
BM 48-80 April 2016
BM 81:July 2017
BM 82-109 April 2016
BM 111-117:April 2016 and July 2017
BM 118-161: April 2016
BM 162-342: October 2016
BM 341-506: April 2017
- BM 465,466,486: July 2017
BM 506,507: July 2017
BM 518: July 2017
BM 522-538: July 2017

Warning
If you ever have the stupid idea to visit parts of the Estonian - Russian State border, please don't do this without proper preparation:
- get in contact with the Estonian Border Guard Service first to discuss your detailled plans;
- always keep a distance of at least 10 meter from the State border;
- respect all 'SEIS' (Stop) signs;
- in all cases: be aware that the Border Guards Service has very sophisticated methods to trace you: you will only experience this whenever you break any of their rules. Big brother is watching you. Penalties are high, you will loose their good-will and their confidence. So be warned!
Border markers 12 and 13 can easily be seen and approached from the road.
And as long as 'Saatse boot' is not exchanged and become Estonian, the border markers 448, 465, 466 and 486 in the vicinity of 'Saatse boot' can also be seen from your (running!) car.
I hope you will enjoy the pictures.

If you want more information or pictures in high resolution, please contact me any time. I hope you enjoy this website with history, maps and pictures of the European borders.
Of course you can always help me with corrections, additions and interesting places.
You can reach me via e-mail: deeleman(a)hotmail.com
You will also find a link to my e-mail on the homepage of this website.

Thanks for your interest!