Things to do in Estonia…
Whether you’re trip trapping over wooden boardwalks or squelching across peat in purpose built ‘boots’, bog walking is the best way to unearth the mires, marshes and mosquitoes of mainland Estonia. Many of the nation’s indigenous plants, mosses and lichen can only be found within this sort of habitat with wild berries glowing like fairy lights to tempt bog walkers from well tramped spongy trails and onto territory that’s a bit more ‘sinky’.
Cycling tours. Wind your way around the relatively flat tarmac of Estonia and you’ll be met with a blend of forest, coast and lakeside trails that incorporate many of the country’s historic old town centres and traditional rural villages. The Otepää region is Estonia’s most undulating with lots of lakes, rivers and narrow rural roads offering some delightful cycle routes over hills that in winter are associated with cross-country skiing.
Remember your binoculars. From the rat-a-tat-tat echo in forests to the swooping cloak of ascending wings on the coast, Estonia is one of Europe’s top bird watching regions and an ideal staging area for migratory species using the East Atlantic Flyway. The west coast, especially, is home to a variety of reed beds, coastal meadows and floodplains with Matsalu National Park and the Luitemaa, Nigula and Nedrema nature reserves, prime twitching territory for those in the know.