A great day out in the wintry countryside
Estonian winters are rather cold – the temperature can drop to as low as -30°C (-22°F). So to enjoy your winter break to the full, make sure you dress appropriately.
Exploring and traversing the natural environment is a long-standing tradition among Estonians. There are lots of ways you can actively enjoy what nature has to offer here – you can go skiing, sledging or snowboarding, snowshoe or kick-sledge hiking, ice-skating or skate hiking.
Marvel at the spectacle of frozen waterfalls, the coastline and sea, and the country’s snow-covered forests and national parks. If the winter is sufficiently cold and the sea is frozen, you can even experience the amazing feeling of driving from the mainland to the islands across an ice road.
The perfect way to end any active day is in a sauna – the combination of heat and cold as you cool off in the snow will invigorate both body and mind! You can also try a smoke sauna or barrel sauna.
Cultural and sports events in winter
Christmas markets and fairs open around Estonia in the first half of December. The Christmas market on Town Hall Square in Tallinn has repeatedly been voted one of the best in Europe by travel websites and magazines, while the Christmas market in the heart of Pärnu is packed with handicrafts that make perfect festive gifts.
A number of popular sports events take place around Estonia in January and February. The best-known internationally is the Tartu Marathon, while there is fun for all the family at the annual Kuldkala fishing competition.
The winter cultural season stands out for its music and film festivals. Christmas Jazz, Green Christmas and the Leigo Ice Music Festival bring music lovers from all around, while the Pärnu Ice Festival and Tartu Christmas Village offer not only music but also fun performances.
Tallinn opens its Christmas markets and ice-skating rinks
Tallinn adorned in winter decorations is a sight to behold in the play of snow and light. Enjoy a stroll around the romantic medieval Old Town, where you can don your skates and take to the ice rink on Harju Street.
The Christmas market on Town Hall Square in Tallinn has repeatedly been voted one of the best in Europe by travel websites and magazines.
The city’s churches and concert halls play host to a wide range of music events every winter, while families will enjoy exploring Tallinn Zoo and admiring the winter coats its inhabitants have donned.