Saturday , December 10 2016

Epic Baltic Holidays with a Difference

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The beautiful countries which border the Baltic Sea are varied and unique. While they do share many cultural similarities with their neighbours, each Baltic country has its own traditions and atmosphere. There are as many different Baltic holidays as there are holiday-makers, but it could be argued that to truly get to know the Baltic region, you should visit as many of the different Baltic countries as possible. Here are three ways to get to know the Baltic region as a whole, by comparing several different countries – recommended for lovers of adventure!

Trek the long-distance Coastal Path:

The European E9 long-distance path leads, in theory at least, across the entire coast of Northern mainland Europe, before continuing from Germany across the base of the Jutland Peninsula, along the coast of Poland, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, continuing in Russia towards St. Petersburg. The path is still under development, and parts are still not ready for use, but that just makes the trip all the more adventurous as you seek your path through the varied coastal habitats of the many countries you could pass through. You may not be able to take the time to do the entire 3000 miles plus of the route, but walking sections of the route would certainly make an excellent Baltic holiday, and would give you a strong sense of the shared maritime history that links the countries who face onto the Baltic sea. Moving at a slow pace through several countries would allow you to get to know the people of the Baltic, and see the varied wildlife of the region.

Take a Baltic Holiday on a Bike:

Why not cycle on long-distance coastal routes round the edge of the Baltic? Areas of Sweden and Finland are particularly geared-up for cyclists, and you can travel for miles along pristine natural coastlines, on rocky promontories and through dark forests. You can look out across the Gulf of Bothnia and the Baltic Sea, and enjoy wild nature at its very best. Best of all, you can take your tent, and won’t even have to look for paid accommodation unless you want to. Throughout Scandinavia you can wild camp more or less wherever you wish. If you would like to be a bit closer to civilisation and infrastructure, why not cycle the north coast of Germany? There is also a particularly scenic stretch of long-distance cycling to be found along the Estonian coast, with less undeveloped sections extending south into Latvia and west into Russia for the most adventurous of cyclists.

Kayaking on the Baltic Sea:

Extreme adventurers should try sea-kayaking on the Baltic and its tributaries. Though it should be noted that this is not to be attempted by the inexperienced, nor by the feint-hearted! Try a tour, or head out with an experienced guide for the adventure of a lifetime! The slightly madder alternative to a Baltic Cruise!

So many Baltic holidays, so little time. When will your Baltic adventure begin?