The winter is over. The sun is in the sky and the birds are chirping again after several months of winter silence. The grass is greener and greener every day and the flowers are blooming. Those smells and sounds… Nature is awakening, bringing tons of new discoveries every day. What to do in Estonia? There are a bunch of possibilities to enjoy spring to the fullest. Here are eight things to do in Estonia in spring.
1. The best place in springtime is the great outdoors.
Spend a day out of Tallinn and take a day trip to Lahemaa National Park. Wander around in Lahemaa, close to Tallinn, discover its hiking trails, old fishing villages, manor houses, shallow bays with huge boulders and old forests. You might just fall in love with the slow and relaxed pace of life in the Estonian countryside.
2. Amble around in Tallinn Old Town’s narrow medieval streets.
Look how the local craftsmen are working in their studios blowing glass, doing ceramics. Pass cozy cafeterias, old book stores, restaurants and souvenir shops. The Tallinn Old Town walking tour with a local guide takes you to the most picturesque places as well as the secret corners only known to locals.
3. Be part of the community activities day “Let’s Do It!” on the 5th of May.
It’s the day of collective action that has been taking place in different forms all over Estonia since the year 2008, when more than 50 000 people gathered together to clean Estonia from illegal garbage. Nowadays there are almost 120 countries and 20 million people participating all over the world. Be part of the mass movement and join us on Prangli Island. Take a day trip starting from Tallinn, discover Prangli island by collecting litter. After that take part in the annual Prangli Run and enjoy the beautiful fishing village scenery.
4. Take your family out to have a picnic in Estonian nature.
A picnic at Jägala Waterfall, the highest natural waterfall in Estonia gives you enough time to relax and enjoy the warm spring weather. Look how the waters are running, listen to the sounds of the nature, enjoy the picnic and the company. Take the Jägala Waterfall and Spring Picnic tour to taste some local food and schnapps. When we are back in Tallinn you still have enough time to wander around the city.
5. For more adventurous people – hiking and enjoying Estonian sauna on Prangli island.
Prangli island is near Tallinn and it takes about one hour by ferry to get there. The peaceful sandy beaches, pine forests and one of a kind traditional fishing villages are great places to just unwind. The cherry on top is definitely the possibility to grill your veggies and sausages on an old natural gas drilling hole! Get naked in a traditional Estonian sauna and get social because this is how we do it! Seriously, the most comfortable place for Estonians to find friends for life is being butt naked in a steamy and hot sauna. Go figure! “Taking the heat” is also really healthy, especially with a bottle of beer. Come on a hiking trip to Prangli Island!
6. Build a stone tower in the beach.
A perfect thing to do on a day trip to Prangli island. If you’re lucky you might even get a slight tan. The spring Sun is not that strong so it’s perfect even for the lightest skin.
7. One of a kind nature tour in Estonia – the seal watching tour starting from Tallinn.
No, we do not go to the zoo to see the seals. We go on the Baltic sea on an actual boat to visit the seals at their home. The seals are also known as merihobune, merielukas, meremürakas, pikavurrudega kala (good luck learning these very useful Estonian words). Local seal hunters never called the seals after their real name because this would bring bad luck. On the one of a kind nature tour in Estonia you see the seals lying on the stones, or their heads popping out of the sea staring at you. By the way these curious sea mammals adore classical music which we of course treat them with.
8. Have a Husky Park Tour and a Cani Cross Hike with the huskies.
Who wouldn’t love these fluffy, energetic, extremely friendly, blue-eyed huskies. Share your day out in the nature with therapeutic huskies and, much to your surprise, you’ll feel so much better.
Enjoy the spring in Estonia! Feel free to ask for recommendations from Prangli Travel.