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
I thoroughly enjoyed the trip – it was busy, busy. The leader provided a full itinerary to be sure we saw EVERYTHING. Mati Kose shared all his expertise and local knowledge. David Morris is an exceptional leader. His enthusiasm to share his love of the natural world is very rewarding. He dealt with everything in a professional, but easy manner – always respectful.
There were many highlights – the boat trip to see the Beavers, the lekking Capercaillie, the many Woodpeckers. It was good to visit various restaurants, local ‘eateries’ – not always in the hotels.
Accommodation was good – especially the first hotel. Thank you.
Excellent organisation and everything ran smoothly throughout. Mati and Tim ensured we saw plenty of birds. Tim was a superb all round naturalist with a great wealth of knowledge about the birds, plants and insects. I learnt a lot.
The different habitats we visited were wonderful and generally unspoilt. I particularly liked the two bogs we visited. Very interesting.
The trip overall was good, well planned and enjoyable. Most of what we were told we could see, we did and the birds were reasonably cooperative.
Both our trip leaders were very competent, pleasant and tried hard to make sure everybody had a chance to see what we were looking for.