Estonia removes all COVID-19 travel restrictions: here’s our guide to where to go and what to do
Estonia just lifted all of its COVID-19 travel restrictions, but what do you know about this tiny Baltic nation?
Although it might look like any country in Northern Europe, with its green hills and its ties to the Viking crusades, some facts about Estonia might surprise you.
For example, did you know that Estonia has a fifth season in the year? But why does it exist and what does a fifth season look like?
And more importantly, how did Estonia come to have one of the steepest cities in the world – even rivaling Pisa?
For more on why Estonia should be on your list of future foreign trips, here are some of the weirdest and most wonderful facts about this beloved European enigma.
Estonia is one of the most digitally advanced societies in the world
Home to more start-ups per person than America’s Silicon Valley and with the creation of Internet mega-companies such as Skype, it’s no wonder Wired has named Estonia the most advanced digital society in the world.
In fact, Estonia has also been hailed for having one of the best internet connections in the world, making it a top location for remote workers. with the country Online residency programdigital nomads can acquire a government-issued digital identity and access Estonia’s services and business environment.
So if you’re looking to get away from it all for a while, but still want to stay connected, Estonia is the place for you.
Estonia has over 2,000 islands to visit
With access to the Baltic Sea, Estonia is home to a myriad of islandsall with their own charm and characteristics.
One of the most fascinating island communities is that of Kihnu, a short ferry ride from Pärnu. Home to sailors and fishermen, the inhabitants dedicate their lives to the ocean. Men spend much of their time at sea and therefore women rule the island, similar to a matriarchy.
Go bear watching in Estonia
For most of us, the thought of being near wild bears is a scary (though rather exciting) thought.
For Estonians, who experience the highest population of the species in all of Europe, bears are built into their seasons, with mother bears and their new cubs commonly seen throughout the spring and summer months. .
Picking is an integral part of the amazing Estonian food culture
With a rich desert at their doorstep, looking for food is commonplace in Estonian cuisine, with the practice appearing in high-end restaurants, as well as the average home kitchen.
For keen foodies, there are many hikes organized by experienced pickers. They will share their local wisdom on where to find the best delicacies, what to choose and how to store produce through the winter.
The mysterious fifth month of Estonia
Between winter and spring, Estonia experiences a rainy season like no other.
With water levels rising significantly as the snow melts in winter, the season is characterized by massive flooding, with residents using boats and canoes for transportation. Visitors can also enjoy this phenomenon by boat in Soomaa National Park.
A particularly noteworthy one, even in this strange extra season, can be seen at the Tuhala Witch’s Well in the Nabala-Tuhala Ecological Reserve.
Every year, the 2.4 meter deep well overflows, creating a massive flow of 100 liters per second, leaving residents mesmerized.
Tartu, the steepest city in Europe
A little like the leaning tower of Pisathe Tartu Art Museum, located in the aptly named Leaning House, has suffered from its poor foundations.
Built in 1793, and originally owned by a noble family, the building slowly began to sink. Fortunately, after a major restoration project, the building stopped falling and became home to Tartu’s impressive art collection.