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.
Racing in winter in Estonia
Looking for adventurous weekend – pay a visit to Laitse Rallypark. This great place about 50 km outside of Tallinn offers racing tracks, one of them as long as 2300m and shorter ones are for go-karts. The best thing about this centre is that it is open all year round and makes it possible for drivers to race in ice road conditions to train their skills. Real race car can be rented at the centre as well. In summer months wider choice of different tracks and vehicles are available. However, for locals this is a perfect opportunity to familiarize themselves with dangerous road conditions without the risk of getting their car wrecked.
Snow can be fun
Estonians have made themselves comfortable with snow. There are several different options how to spend a day in the winter months. One of the coolest things to do is to visit one of the winter parks – lately one has been open in Kiviõli – about 200 km east of Tallinn, capital of the country. This newly built winter park offers all kind of services related to winter sports – snowboarding/mountain ski rental, elevators to the top and artificial snow machines. This centre also has a hostel and café. It is a great place to spend a day and enjoy riding considering that Estonia does not have any mountains.
Snowmobile and dog sledge safaris
Joining a group on snowmobile safari could be an unforgettable experience for all nature lovers. Such safaris are held in rural areas, for example in South Estonia and can be booked in advance. Snowmobiles and all equipment can be rented from organizers as well as a hot sauna afterwards. This service is especially popular with companies organizing events for their employees.
Same applies for dog sledge safaris – need to be booked in advance, but usually are not held regularly. All the details can be agreed with dog owners in advance.
Estonia has a long tradition of fishing. Yearly competitions are held near Viljandi Lake for the best fishermen – in year 2015 grand prize is a SUV Renault Captur. However, fishermen can be spotted during whole winter, some of them are extremely passionate and start out as early as 5 AM. Traditionally, it is not about catching a fish, but more about socializing with other fishermen (friends), becoming closer to nature and learning about yourself.
This is not a complete list – people do all kind of things in winter – play snowballs, build snowmen, spend a day skiing in the forest or just take a walk in the woods. The nature in winter is very different – the air is clear and transparent, you can virtually see for miles. Sadly, it is not always sunshine. But when the Sun does come out, it is somehow like a little piece of happiness in the heart of everyone.