Estonia is a small Baltic country with a lot to offer. It is a relatively flat country of bogs and woodland. The highest point is only 318m above sea level, and the flat land peters out into a series of over 1,500 islands and inlets that stretch out into the Baltic Sea.
Estonia is relatively easy for the international visitor to get to. Major airlines fly to Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport from a huge number of international airports. It is rapidly becoming the hub of the Baltic states. There are two other smaller airports in the country. Travel into the country by road or rail is also possible, though train lines do not cover much of the country. Frequent ferries arrive in Tallinn from Scandinavian and other northern European ports.
What to See:
Tallinn is the largest city in Estonia. It has one of the best preserved mediaeval old towns in Europe. Be sure to visit the central old town with its 15th and 16th Century buildings, climb Toompea hill, and the colourful onion-domed Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Visit the Kadriorg seaside resort with its baroque imperial Russian Palace and wooden seaside buildings. There are over 200 manor houses across the country. Don’t neglect to learn more about the recent Wartime and Soviet history of this region, which is well documented in many of Estonia’s buildings and museums.
See also the islands of Estonia. The largest of these is Saaremaa, on which you will find the city of Kuressaare, with its well-restored mediaeval castle. You will also see thatched roof cottages, working windmills and stone walls on this island, which is famed for its home-made beer.
Hiiumaa is another island. It is known for its lighthouses and unspoiled nature. Other islands include Kihnu, Ruhnu, Muhu and Vormsi, each of which has its own character and distinct characteristics.
Parnu, on the southern coast of the country, with its beautiful, pristine beaches, is the unofficial summer capital of Estonia.
What to Do:
In summer, you can not only swim off the coast from the southern beaches, intrepid souls can also experience the joys of wild swimming in the clean, clear bogs – a uniquely Estonian experience. Canoeing, kayaking and sailing are all excellent ways to explore the fascinating tiny islands and inlets of Estonia’s coastline, so take to the waters, and enjoy marine nature untrammelled by mass tourism. You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to hiking – you can experience the wilderness on one of Estonia’s five national parks.
Come to Estonia to discover a harsh, wild country of freezing winters and spectacular scenery. There are many Estonia holidays, and many adventures to be had in this corner of the Baltic.