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Estonia

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."

Dan Free
Operations Manager

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Barnacle Geese (Lembit Michelson)Black Grouse (Sven Zacek)Common Crane (Remo Savisaar)Elk (Valeri Štšerbatõh)Black Grouse (Sven Zacek)Black Woodpecker (Remo Savisaar)Capercaillie (Pierre Vernay)Crested Tit (Mati Kose)Barnacle Geese (Lembit Michelson)Black Grouse (Sven Zacek)Black Stork (Sven Zacek)Capercaillie (Pierre Vernay)Lady's Slipper Orchid ( Mark Ogden)Burnt Orchid ( Mark Ogden)Early Marsh Orchid ( Mark Ogden)Fly Orchid ( Mark Ogden)

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

R.M.
Ireland
Estonia in Spring

This holiday was really very good indeed, with an excellent mix of birds, cuisine and culture. I really enjoyed it, and the organisation and planning went well beyond the extra mile. A superb first trip to Estonia for Naturetrek - so well done all.

D.B.
West Midlands
Estonia in Spring

I really enjoyed Gerald's company - a very good birder.

D. & J.R.
Kent
Estonia in Spring

A very enjoyable holiday greatly enhanced by the imaginative inclusion of wonderful meals in a variety of locations from farms to manor houses to historic buildings. An excellent example of the value of combining Naturetrek expertise with local knowledge.