TOP 10 things to do in Estonian nature

Many people just stay in Tallinn while visiting Estonia. We agree, Tallinn Old town is beautiful, our museums are interesting, we have nice cosy caffeterias and lot of green areas to relax. But still, you should get out from the city at least for half a day but we suggest more. So here are some suggestions and reasons why you should be outdoors and what to do in Estonia?

1. We have 4 seasons – snowy winter, excellent spring, mild summer and colorful autumn. Some year, there is fifth season as well- high water level season. There are appropriate activities for every season, CHECK OUT YOUR ADVENTURE HERE!

2. We have 6 national parks! Lahemaa, Alutaguse, Karula, Matsalu and Vilsandi. 172 nature protection areas, 153 nature parks. Which one you choose to visit?

3. Did you know that almost 20% of Estonia is covered with bogs and swamps? You can find here 33 wetland habitat types, many of those rare in Europe. There are lot of different bog trails all over Estonia. Closest to Tallinn is Viru bog, 6km hike in beautiful bog and forest landscape.

raised bog landscape

4. AND! Visiting bog in summertime, there is one thing you MUST try – swimming in the bog pool!

5. Grab some food from grocery store and enjoy your picnic out of the city. OR! We have bonfire places and free firewood. Cook your lunch in the forest. Outdoor cooking is getting more popular and also gives you unforgettable memories. 

6. Picking mushrooms and berries sounds good? It’s even better! From June to late October it’s the best time for berries and mushrooms. But there are cranberries in the winter also, they are just covered with snow…

7. What do you think of the idea spending night in the bog observation tower with sleeping bag? Or somewhere in the woods with tent? Also there are camping areas for free visiting all over Estonia. Just follow the rules and respect the nature 

8. You like birds? Estonia is very important migratory area for birds. In spring-summer-autumn about 300 species and winter 150 species can be found. Let’s do some birding together, choose either short birdwatching daytour around Tallinn or long birdwatching daytrip to west-Estonia.

9. You like animals? We have 65 species of mammals, including, wolves, lynx, brown bears, moose, roe deer, wild boar, beaver, raccoon dogs, red squirrels. Let’s have a try to find them or stay in brown bear hide.

Bear watching Estonia

10. Have fun with your camera. Either you have smartphone, drone or DLSR it’s not about the gear, it’s about the location, light and timing. Some of our guides are experienced photographers and with photography tour we can take you to right place on a right time, creativity and technique tips will be included.

BONUS TIP! You get fresh air, silence, some exercise, contact with nature, safe adventure and good company by local people.