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Exploring Eastern Estonia – Ontika, Toila, Vaivara Blue Hills and Lake Peipus

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Summer time is just so great for short road trips. When it comes to picking our next spot, we always look for good variety of sightseeing’s. Eastern Estonia is great because it’s still very near to the capital, but has a lot to offer. On our last trip to Eastern Estonia we explored some of it’s gems, so this time we decided to pick some more places.

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Lahemaa National Park Viru Bog Trail in Winter

Winter in Estonia is a usually dark and cold time. Sun is rarely out and people tend to stay indoors. But not everyone! Getting out of town in winter can be a wonderful experience. Getting to know your neighborhood is important in any time of the year. Luckily, there are few national parks to explore. The biggest one of them – Lahemaa National Park, is just about 40 minutes drive from Tallinn and is easily done as a half day trip.

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Tallinn Helsinki Ferry – complete guide

The two capitals (Tallinn Helsinki) are located fairly close to one another and are easily reached by ferry service. It’s an easy day trip – you can take the first ferry Tallinn Helsinki and return with the last one from Helsinki, leaving you enough time in the Finnish capital. Alternatively, travelers from Helsinki take the way down and spend the day in Estonian capital. As Finland has much better flight connections, many Estonian holiday crawlers get a one-way ticket to catch a plane from Vantaa Airport. Either way, you will hardly find a local, who hasn’t done the Tallinn Helsinki trip yet. But what if you are not a local. How do you book a ticket, where are the terminals, how does the boat look like etc? Let me explain it all for you.

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Eastern Estonia and lake Peipus trip

Summer is a great time to go out of town. Estonia is no different – except that our towns are small and green anyway. But there is still so much to explore! On a hot July Saturday morning we packed our bags and headed off to the East – with no big plans. Our route was going to look like this: Tuhamagi (famous adventure center in Kiviõli), Narva fortress, lake Peipus (Peipsi). Here is how it looked on the map:

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Let’s go to Saaremaa!

It was a rainy morning, when we finally reached Virtsu harbour on our way to Saaremaa island. There was an hour and half until our ferry, so we got ourselves hot coffee at a local cafe. It’s going to be an awesome weekend, I thought. Already it was starting out pretty well – almost no traffic, beautiful landscapes, nice smooth roads. Ferry ride to Muhu island was going to take about 30 minutes, price: 8,40€ for the car and 3€/person. In fact it was really quick ride, just enough to have a quick walk through the small vessel. They do offer some snacks, in case somebody is hungry.

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Cool things to do and places to visit in Tallinn Estonia

 Tallinn Estonia is full of surprises

Many people visit this town by cruise ship. This means around 6 hours of free time. Surely, this is not enough. But even in this short time many things can be seen. Probably the best way to explore Tallinn Estonia is to join a guided tour. The guide will show you old town and all the souvenir shops. If that’s what you are looking for – go for it. Personally, I wouldn’t go on a guided tour because they are boring. They only show you what you pay them for, but there is so much more. However, if it’s your first visit and you only have these 6 hours it’s probably the best thing to do.

Here is a small list of nice hidden treasures – places to see and visit – in case you are here for a little longer.

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Best winter activities in Estonia

Estonia is located in the North of Europe, to the South of Finland. The climate here is relatively cold and chilly in winter and nice and warm in summer. For locals it is all about waiting for a seasons to change – when it is cold, we are waiting for summer and the same happens in summer. Surprisingly though locals have found many fun ways to cope with cold and have fun winter activities.

Winter is a magical time and it is certainly worth a visit during this time. This article will give an insight into how Estonians have fun and enjoy winter activities.

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