Wildlife holidays in Estonia
Tell me about Estonia …
Estonia is the smallest and least populous of the three Baltic States which achieved independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991.
A magnificent indented coastline, studded with small islands, borders the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland to the west and north, while Latvia and the Russian Federation comprise Estonia’s neighbours to the south and east respectively.
It is a land of great natural beauty, with a varied landscape which includes over 7,000 rivers, 1,500 lakes and substantial areas of forest and marsh. An admirable 10% of the country is afforded protection within nature reserves that vary in size from the large national parks to the smaller, locally protected, reserves.
Our Estonia specialist recommends...
"I would recommend our ‘Estonia in Early Spring’ tour exploring the pristine forest and coastal habitats in search of owls, woodpeckers, grouse and large gatherings of Steller’s Eider ducks."
Whats special about the wildlife?
Estonia is still comparatively little known as a wildlife destination. However, it has a very impressive avifauna which matches that of any country in northern Europe.
With over 200 regular breeding bird species, and a huge volume of Arctic-bound migrant birds passing through the country, it is sure to occupy a higher profile in future years.
Its flora is among the most spectacular in northern Europe. In particular, strong influences in the countrys floral make-up come from both Siberia and also the warmer regions of southern Europe, with many plant species reaching their respective western or northern extremities of range within Estonia.
Naturetrek tours to Estonia
Naturetreks natural history tours to Estonia include bird watching and botanical holidays. They focus on the spectacular migration, breeding birds and wild flowers, particularly orchids, of this Baltic country.
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Estonia HOLIDAYS
This holiday was really very good indeed, with an excellent mix of birds, cuisine and culture. I really enjoyed it, and the organisation and planning went well beyond the extra mile. A superb first trip to Estonia for Naturetrek - so well done all.
I thought this holiday to Estonia was one of the very best. I liked the country, its under population, the forests, fields with wild flowers, excellent accommodation and superb food! Loved the rabbit and puddings to die for! Our leaders Mati knew his country and took us to the best places, Tim I am in awe of; his knowledge of birds and plants was always available to us without any fuss. We were blessed with superb weather and the group melded together very well. Yes a perfect holiday!
Whoever organised the picnic venues and luncheons deserves a medal.