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
Well done, Naturetrek for organising a tremendous trip! Gerald Broddelez is probably the best birder I have encountered, in terms of his ability to recognise bird calls from just a few snatched notes, and then find the birds and get them in the ‘scope so speedily that everyone gets a good view. Furthermore, he imparts his tremendous knowledge of birds with clarity and accuracy. He is also extremely courteous, helpful and well organised - a true professional in every way.
The trip leader was excellent at all aspects of natural history. We were taken to interesting and novel eating places for lunch and we saw parts of the country we would not have seen on our own.
We were very lucky to have a complete week of unbelievably good weather which gave us the opportunity of getting stunning views of virtually everything we saw. I must make a special comment about the food on this trip. The meals in the farmhouses and manor houses would make this trip worthwhile even if we had not seen any birds. It was a real pleasure to eat good honest local food whilst meeting local people in their own homes.