Estonia, the northernmost state in the Baltic States, is still relatively unknown as a holiday destination, but it is the perfect travel destination for nature lovers. The manageable country in Northern Europe borders the Gulf of Finland and the Baltic Sea. Estonia is very sparsely populated, consists of a multitude of swamps and over half of the country is covered by forest. What many do not know: There are more than 2,000 islands and over 1,000 lakes – excellent conditions for outdoor fans and animal watchers. The highlight of much of our trip is brown bear spotting in the wild.
Forests, lakes and wildlife in Northern Europe
Estonia has a very high density of wildlife. Here you can not only marvel at seals, foxes, raccoons, wolves and moose, but also the majestic brown bears. While you may only see the shy wolves with a bit of luck, the chance of seeing a brown bear in the wild is far greater. Deer, on the other hand, are a common sight in the forests of Estonia and delight the hearts of travelers alike.
Travel information in brief
Winter in Estonia usually lasts from mid-December to late March and has an average temperature below freezing. Spring begins in May and blooms everywhere. It is slowly getting warmer and it stays light longer. Summer is the most beautiful season in Estonia and you can expect maximum temperatures of around 30 ° C! Not only does the vegetation bloom noticeably, the animal world is also much more active. September can still be very pleasant, but there are often cooler phases.
Currency / money
The national currency in Estonia is also the euro. Larger hotels, restaurants and shops accept payment by credit card. We recommend, however, that you always have some cash with you. ATMs for withdrawing cash are widely available in Estonia.
No specific vaccinations are required for Estonia. The Federal Foreign Office recommends checking the standard vaccinations and, for long-term stays over four weeks, vaccination against hepatitis A and B. Vaccination against TBE is also recommended, as early summer meningoencephalitis can be transmitted by ticks from April to October. Please contact your doctor in this regard.
Visa / entry
German citizens do not need a visa to enter Estonia. You can enter with the passport, the temporary passport, the identity card, the temporary identity card and the children’s passport. The travel documents must be valid beyond the travel period and have been issued within the last ten years.
Estonia – small but mighty!
Estonia is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe – and one of the smallest. It is well developed for tourism and is ideal for nature lovers and animal watchers. In addition to beautiful and partly untouched nature, Estonia has a high occurrence of wild animals. Countless deer live in the forests of Estonia and often show themselves to travelers. You need a little more luck to see a wolf or a brown bear while traveling, but Estonia also offers very good observation opportunities for this.
In relation to the size of the country, there are few people living in Estonia. Endless forests, swamps and lakes stretch across the uninhabited landscape, making Estonia an attractive travel destination for outdoor enthusiasts. More than two thousand islands are lined up on the coast of Estonia – some larger, some smaller.
The seasons in Estonia correspond to those in Germany, with the winters being longer and colder than here. As soon as spring arrives, it starts to bloom everywhere and the wildlife comes to life. Spring and summer are mainly used by travelers to explore the natural paradise of Estonia.
Our nature trips through Estonia always aim to support species conservation projects with part of the travel price. We know Estonia personally and are in close contact with our local partners.