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All about Estonia

Here are just a few reasons why Estonia is special:

Medieval Old Town Tallinn: It’s impossible to deny that this is the main reason most people first come to Estonia – to see the best protected and intact medieval city in Europe.

Deserted Beaches: Estonia’s coastline has hundreds of deserted beaches. Even in the height of summer you can find private space for yourself.

Manor Houses: Luxurious manor houses, built over the centuries, are open for visitors and many also have been converted to high-class hotels.estonia

Forests: Estonia is about 50% forest. Hiking trails criss-cross the forests, many of which are protected or part of National Parks.

Ice Roads: Believe it or not in deep winter the Baltic Sea freezes and so ice roads are created between the mainland and the islands. Driving on the frozen sea is unforgettable.

Folklore: Estonia is second only to Ireland in Europe when it comes folkloric history, stories, legends and songs.estonia_festival

The Estonian Song Festival (In Estonian: Laulupidu): First held in 1869, takes place every five years. In 2009, 26,000+ choral singers gathered to perform for an audience of 80,000 people. It is recognised by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

estonia_beach1,500+ islands: Most are tiny but the inhabited ones offer beautiful, peaceful and friendly atmospheres and a traditional culture that opens a window on how Estonians used to live.

Wild Animals: Where else in Europe could you hope to encounter wild bears, wolves, lynx and flying squirrels? Nowhere.

Birds: Millions of birds stop in Estonia on their migratory paths.

estoniaCastles: Restored or in ruins, there are medieval castles not just in Tallinn but across the country.

Saunas: When it’s snowing take a hot log sauna, beat yourself (or a friend) with a birch branch and then roll around in the snow. It’s fun. Really.

Ghosts and Legends: Estonia has its fair share of spooky and supernatural happenings. The Old Town of Tallinn, for example, is full of stories and strange experiences.

Swedish, German and Russian History: Estonia has been occupied by Russians, Swedes and Germans. Each has left their marks on our landscapes and culture. Rightly or wrongly they have helped define who we are.

5th Season: In Soomaa National Park, in spring, if the snow thaws fast enough then a natural phenomenon occurs: the whole area floods and people have to travel around by boat.

Small size: Size is everything. Estonia is small. Distances are short and travel is cheap. It means you can squeeze in lots of sightseeing and activities in a relatively short period of time.

Estonia is an amazing place of natural beauty and steeped in colourful history.

Facts about Estonia

Geographically, Estonia is on the north-eastern edge of the European Union, bordering Russia and Latvia.

  • Finland is a short hop across the sea – just 80km away.
  • There are ferries to Tallinn from Helsinki (Finland) or Stockholm (Sweden).
  • Estonia is in the Schengen Area so we have open borders with the rest of Europe.
  • Brits, Americans, Canadians and Australians can also enter Estonia visa-free.
  • Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport, named after our late President, has direct flights all over Europe.
  • Estonia has a population of just 1.3 million but is larger than Denmark or Holland.
  • The Estonian language is a nightmare to learn.
  • Everyone in tourism speaks good English and often German, Finnish, Russian and Swedish too!
  • Estonia was occupied by the Soviets for decades but Estonia sees itself as more influenced by Nordic tastes and traditions - Scandinavia with a twist.
  • Occupation by Germans, Swedes and Russians has influenced the architecture of cathedrals, cobbled streets, manor houses and palaces.
  • Great food is everywhere and you can even eat marinated bear here!
  • In winter it gets very cold and we get plenty of beautiful snow.
  • No, there are no polar bears in Estonia.
  • Roads are traffic jam free.
  • Estonia is almost 50% forest.
  • Tallinn is our medieval capital and by far the biggest city, with a population of around 400,000.
  • In 2011 Tallinn will be the European Capital of Culture.
  • Tartu, with 100,000 people, is our young yet timeless university town.
  • Estonia has over 1,500 islands.

Things to See and Do in Estonia

If you want to “see and do it all” then you will need to spend all your future holidays in Estonia – or even move here permanently (many people do).

Self-Guided Tours: Over 20 different interesting tours to inspire your exploration of Estonia. Take the German, Swedish or Soviet Tours or how about medieval history or simply luxury & relaxation?

Events: There’s always something going on. Art, sport and other cultural activities are popular in Estonia.estonia

History & Culture: Visit museums, tour the country, see the monuments and learn about Estonia’s connections to Russia, Sweden and Germany – the main influences in our modern history.

Passion: Explore old and new interests the Estonian way: Hunting, fishing, photography, golf, romance, antique shopping, ghost hunting, ancient folklore and more.

Wildlife: Get close to nature in Estonia. Try to spot bears, wolves, lynx, elk and other rare animals in Estonia’s beautiful forests. Hunt elusive rare orchids in the wild and marvel at some of the most untouched landscapes in Europe. See millions of birds as they stop over on their migrations.

Get Active: Come and join us hiking, geo-caching, cycling and horse riding in our forests and on our beaches. Try skydiving, skiing, skating, motor sports and water sports - all at very competitive prices.

Whether you want to take it easy and relax, expand your mind or push your body – Estonia has plenty to see and do.

Travel Information About Estonia

Travelling to Estonia is easy – by plane, train, automobile or boat (ferries and cruises). As a member of European Union, we’ve got all the comforts of a modern European country to offer.

Citizens from EU, USA, New Zealand, Canada or Australia do not need a visa to enter and you also do not need one if you are travelling with a Schengen visa. More information is available in Visas and Customs section of our website.

At the moment, Estonian Crown (EEK or Kr) is still the official local currency. As of 1st of January 2011, Estonia will join the EURO-zone. € exchange rate is 15.65 and all the shops will show you comparative prices in Euros and Crowns.

Weather in Estonia

The weather in Estonia is largely dictated by its closeness to the Baltic sea.

In the summer the skies are blue and temperatures can reach 30° Celcius and the summer average is a very pleasant 16.4°C.

In summer there can be 19 hours of daylight, known locally as the “white nights”.

Light rain can fall in spring and fall so bring an umbrella and waterproof jacket. In winter the rain turns to snow when the temperature drops below zero (ideal skiing weather, great for sledging and building snowmen too!) – so wrap up warm.

Medieval old town Tallinn is picture postcard perfect when the buildings are topped with snow.

Some winters it is even possible to drive on the ice roads constructed between the islands.

Cool breezes from the Baltic sea moderate the climate in spring and summer.

Source: http://www.visitestonia.com/en

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