While Estonia is best known for its medieval capital Tallinn, nature is where it's really at. Northern glaciers have made a mark on the local landscape, leaving behind huge boulders and a beautiful coastline dotted with over 2000 islands and islets. Today, half of the country is covered in forest, while national parks and numerous nature reserves make up another fifth of Estonia's land area. Wild animals including brown bears, wolves, and lynx roam local forests, and flocks of arctic birds pass through annually.
Lahemaa is a quick hop from Tallinn and is perfect for a day trip. The national park is known for its stony and sandy seashores, picturesque bogs, pine and cliff forests, as well as erratic rocks left over from the last Ice Age.