Do you feel like you already know the cobbled streets of Tallinn and are ready to explore what other captivating corners Estonia has to offer? Then it’s time to look east. Taking a road trip allows you to see natural wonders that are off the beaten path. Road trips also mean no fixed schedules - this is your time to experience the flow of time in the North (and East)! With natural wonders and historic sights galore, East Estonia is waiting to be discovered.
This road trip is doable on a weekend but should you feel like exploring a bit more, you can stretch out leg #3 or #4 (or both) for a full day.
LEG #1 Tallinn – Tammispea boulder – Valaste Waterfall
In the morning, leave Tallinn and set your course for Tammispea village in the Lahemaa National Park. In the village, keep driving until you meet a wooden sign pointing you towards a boulder in the forest. Park by the roadside and walk to the boulder from there.
Tammispea boulder is a unique sight half-hidden within the spruce trees. Broken into a few parts, this glacial boulder is the highest in mainland Estonia; a remnant of the great glaciers that once flowed through these parts of the world, changing the landscape forever.
From the boulder, head to Valaste Waterfall. These two vastly different natural sights will tie the morning together nicely. Valaste Waterfall is the highest in Estonia, falling from a cliff 30 meters high to offer a grand sight in every season. The waterfall is magnificent in spring when the waters are abundant but equally so in winter when the winds from the sea turn the trees at the top of the waterfall into an icy wonderland scene.
When you feel like you have taken in everything nature has to offer, it is time to set your course on the third biggest city in Estonia – Narva.