Cross country skiing in Estonia

“Spend a day with an ex-Olympic skiier during this fully guided skiing adventure in Estonia’s beautiful capital and wintery wilderness”


Tallinn | Spa hotel (with sauna) | Nomme or Pirita ‘city trail’ | Old town exploration | Otepaa | Full day of cross-country skiing | Kaariku (local forest tracks) | Guided skiing with Jaanus Teppan (ex-Olympic skier) | Optional ski race

Description of Cross country skiing in Estonia

With its Narnia-esqe forests and snow-dusted towns, winter is a beautiful time of year to visit Estonia and there is no better way to explore than on a pair of skis.

This week-long skiing adventure combines city and countryside, exploring both on and off track. Suitable for those already familiar with the basics, this cross country skiing trip is fully guided so you will have expert tuition (from an ex Olympic skiier on one of the days) on hand as you go, making it ideal for those looking to improve their skills.

You’ll pick up your skis in the 14th century walled city of Tallinn where you’ll have time to explore some pretty tracks around the city – and familiarise yourself with this way of travelling! There’ll also be time to explore its cobbled streets, snow-dusted cathedrals and vibrant cafes before retreating back to your hotel to warm up and ease post-ski limbs in the hot tub and sauna.

You’ll journey on to Otepaa for the next part of your adventure in the Estonian wilderness. You’ll have full days of cross country skiing here, exploring snow clad forests, receiving ski instruction and feasting on warming local delicacies such as Borsch (beetroot soup with meat), dumplings, mannavaht (a cream made of semoline and juice or fruit), pancakes and even rhubarb pies.

After a day of instruction with ex Olympiad Jaanus Teppan, you might be ready to challenge the locals and join in with a short ski race…

Travel Team

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Holiday type

Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cross country skiing in Estonia

Water – As the water in Estonia is safe to drink, we suggest packing a refillable drinking bottle and drinking the tap water during the week.
Waste - Our local operator follows a strict ‘leave only footprints’ policy when out skiing. Both hotels we stay in follow strict recycling guide lines, and laundry is kept to a minimum. The waters at the Tallink Spa Hotel go through a purpose built water recycling system.
Buildings – The Tehvandi Sports Hotel in south east Estonia was designed to blend in with the local environment. It’s sloping tufted walls and roof not only help it to blend in with the natural surrounds, but also to keep the heat in winter and cools the property in summer, massively reducing heating bill and electricity for air conditioning.

Local crafts and culture – In Tallinn the community benefits from profits generated by entrance fees and souvenirs sold. There are a wide range of local handicrafts available for purchase during the trip including amber jewellery, hand knitted accessories and wooden toys. Clients can also purchase locally produced specialties such as honey and dark rye bread, and fruit wines.
Friends and Neighbours – Throughout the week we use local ski guides who know and understand the forest, and the natural wildlife that inhabits the region.
While in Tallinn there is the opportunity to join the local ski club for an even ski through the city’s parks and along the cost of the Gulf of Finland. This is a great chance to meet with Estonians and pick up some tips at the same time.

UK office
It all starts at home so we have first worked to reduce our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Group size
We operate small group tours that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size.

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