If you're looking to explore something a little more exotic, then head to the South East border of Estonia for the traditional villages and home cooked food of Seto people. The estimated population of Setos in Estonia is 10,000 - 13,000, of which ca 3,000 - 4,000 live on their indigenous land. Seto's borderland status has also given them a chance to preserve their unique traditional lifestyle including their own language, food and folk costumes, a mixture of East and the West.
Setos are well known also for their ancient polyphonic singing tradition called “Leelo”. Listed by UNESCO as part of world’s intangible cultural heritage, the singing tradition in Setomaa is kept alive and well by the older and younger generations alike. Most famous singers were able to sing up to 10,000–20,000 rhymes and they earned the title of "Seto Mother of Songs."
Most Setos are practicing Orthodox Christians. Every household has its own icon corner and almost every village has its own small chapel. As a rule, the chapels are locked and the key is held by the village elder or chapel master/mistress. Visitors will have the opportunity to visit a Seto chapel during the village holidays when it’s opened for a public prayer.
Your trip over promises to be particularly memorable if you visit Setomaa during the various Seto traditional holidays or festivities: Kirmask, Seto Kingdom days, Seto Leelo days, Easter, and church holidays.