Estonia is located in northern Europe on the shore of the Baltic Sea. Many activities are held in one of the many forests and hills the country has. Trekkings by forests or on horseback on the beach or by canoe along the shore immerse you in a real wild land.
It’s a place where the sea meets the land, swamps and untouched forests are mixed, and many fields, lakes and rivers full of fish.
Estonia is known by its beauty and pure nature. Green colors fill the country, big woods cover over half of the territory, and a tenth of the country is a natural reserve. Both flora and fauna we can find species nonexistent anywhere else in the world. To nature lovers this Northerrn Europe country is a dream. Besides its little size Estonia has many incredible and different landscapes.
When walking through one of the many forests that take up over 50% of the country you will enjoy dark free woods, beautiful pines and birches with birds flying around them all. Other countries may have more forests, but not as much as unspoilt ones as in Estonia.
There are about 90 different tree species in Estonia. Here we can also find rabbits, wolves, deers, elks and boars. When visiting Alutaguse woods we can probably find with a squirrel or even a bear. This dense wood is known by locals as the bear keep of Estonia. Here more than a hundred honey-lovers wander about.
On the roads crossing the woods we find native reptile having a sunbathing, vipers twisting on the ground, snakes with yellowy necklaces or crystal snakes with their metallic reflections. The venom is the only poisonous snake in Estonia.
Woods remain still and silent during winter but on April and May the chirp of birds breaks this quietness. This happens when finches, blackbirds, cuckoos and many other species come back from the south with its songs.
During spring nights the owls give live to the woods, and cappercaillies sing for mating. Typical birds from this ancient woods include the common cappercallie and the eagle (royal eagle, fishing eagle and the Grater Spotted Eagle.
Places to visit
Sooma National Park is not only an international level swamp zone, but also an applicant to be an UNESCO World Heritage Site
Alutaguse woods is known as the bear keep of Estonia, here more than a hundred honey-lovers live.
Kurula National Park is an idyllic sight. Here hills chain filled with fields or woods or meadows, and also blue lakes and astonishing valleys.
Sääretrip is the peninsula that has the best views over Estonian coast and sea, is a narrow but large arm of land that goes into the sea South of Hiiumaa. It’s a stratified formation, washed by the sea, whose higher points are covered in vegetation.
Lahema National Park, located on the North of Estonia, it’s another place whose biodiversity is very related with the sea. We cannot leave Lahema without visiting its sand beaches and coastal villages surrounded by pine woods, its peninsulas and islands.
Matsalu National Park is the Mecca for bird spotters all around the world. The not deep bay, many coastal meadows, reed bushes act as a shelter for both migratory and breeding birds.