Estonia

Estonia doesn’t have to struggle to find a point of difference; it’s completely unique. It shares a similar geography and history with Latvia and Lithuania, but culturally it’s distinct. Its closest ethnic and linguistic buddy is Finland, though 50 years of Soviet rule in Estonia have separated the two. For the last 300 years Estonia has been linked to Russia, but the two states have as much in common as a barn swallow and a bear (their respective national symbols).

PÄRNU

We spent two nights in Pärnu – the ultimate summer holiday destination in Estonia. It is a very quiet and cold place with a large sandy beach, numerous restaurants, cocktail bars, spas, and a relaxed, laid back vibe. Pärnu (Perona) was founded by the bishop of Ösel–Wiek around 1251...

TALLINN

We made it to Tallinn – the capital city of Estonia, just by chance, during the 27th Song Celebration and the 20th Dance Celebration. The Song Celebration tradition began with the first Song Celebration organized by Johann Voldemar Jannsen in Tartu on 18–20 June 1869. One of the...

TARTU

we spent two lovely days in the leafy town of students, intellectuals and creatives. It is home to one of Northern Europe’s oldest universities. Tartu is very compact, with most sights, restaurants and nightlife nestled across a couple of parallel streets. We have parked on the main road...

KUREMÄE CONVENT

Late afternoon the rain was not so heavy so we made one more stop for evening mass at The Pühtitsa Dormition Convent, located in the center of Kuremäe. It had a great unforgettable spiritual atmosphere. It was established in 1891 and is the only functioning Russian Orthodox nunnery in...

VALASTE JUGA & NARVA

Today we got the worst weather in the last three months. Anyway, we made a short wet stop at Valaste Waterfall, located on the Ontika limestone cliff. It is more than 30 meters high, making it the highest waterfall in Estonia. Currently, the waterfall can be admired in spring and winter...

RAKVERE

We pulled into Rakvere on a rainy afternoon and were drawn to the imposing castle ruins perched above the town. Throughout the ages, Rakvere Castle has belonged to Danish kings, knight-monks of the Livonian Order and the Swedish and Polish states. During the Polish-Swedish War of 1600...

LAHEMAA NP

We took a ferry from Kapellskär to Paldiski and then we drove straight to Võsu in Lahemaa National Park. It is located in northern Estonia, 70 kilometers east from the capital of Tallin. It was the first national park of the former Soviet Union and it is the largest park in Estonia and...