How to survive an Estonian winter

Source: Visit Estonia

How to survive an Estonian winter

Estonia lies relatively north, at the latitude as parts of Sweden, Norway, Canada, and Russia. This guarantees distinct seasons with winter temperatures ranging from zero to less than -20 degrees Celsius, although getting that low is rare due to Estonia's coasts along the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland. In addition to the colder temperatures, during the winter, daylight in Estonia only lasts 7-8 hours. However, with some tips from locals, visitors can learn how to stay warm and cosy during a winter visit. Firstly, don’t be caught without a thick pair of cotton socks, wear a scarf (or two!), keep warm drinks on hand, and take regular trip to the sauna. So why not snuggle up and engage in some of these cosy wintry activities below!

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Sauna session in a traditional Old Võromaa smoke sauna at Mooska

Võru maakond, Haanja küla

The Smoke sauna traditions of Old Võromaa have found their honoured spot on the list of UNESCO intangible cultural heritage of the world. At Mooska Farm, you can try a piece of this ancient Estonian heritage for yourself. A traditional sauna session lasts at least three hours and the smoke sauna of Mooska Farm can comfortably accommodate eight people. The rich aroma of burning wood is complemented by a whispered note of meat smoked in the sauna, birch boughs, and sauna honey. Since it's located next to a pond, during the winter, you can quickly dip yourself in the nearby icy waters. The sauna's cost includes two boughs, hand-made soaps, sauna honey, and herbal tea. For an additional fee, you can also get a juniper bough, towels, a sauna hat, a bathrobe, and some homemade beer.

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Kumu Art Museum

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

Kumu is the main building of the Art Museum of Estonia and the largest and most representative exhibition place in Estonia. The task of the Kumu Art Museum, opened in 2006, is to preserve and make sense of Estonian art from the 18th century to the present day. Kumu sees its role as a initiator of social and cultural debate, both in the exhibitions of art history and in the gallery of contemporary art, which is a source of new ideas for artists from Estonia and abroad. Kumu’s permanent exhibition introduces Estonian art from the beginning of the 18th century to 1991, and the temporary exhibitions also include international and contemporary art. See the Kumu calendar for events and exhibitions taking place there.

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Värska Spa

Võru maakond, Väike-Rõsna küla

Because of its treatments, Värska Spa is unique in Estonia. We offer revitalisation through natural means like freshwater therapeutic mud and Värska mineral water. In addition to the therapeutic mud and mineral water, clients can choose from electrical, paraffin, and salt treatments, various forms of massage, physiotherapy, therapeutic exercise, and many more services to improve their health. The treatments are carried out under the watchful eye of medical professionals. Our experienced and attentive personnel guarantee the safety of our clients. 

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Hedon Spa

Pärnu maakond, Pärnu linn

A cosy boutique spa is located in the Pärnu Mud Baths building. The spa is divided into a swimming area and a Silent Spa. The swimming area has two indoor pools, an outdoor pool, as well as a steam and Finnish sauna. These amenities are free for all hotel guests. The Silent Spa observes ancient spa traditions and is meant for peaceful relaxation for our guests (from the age of 14 and up). The luxurious and cleansing spa ritual lasts for about 2-3 hours. We will provide treatment products from the Dead Sea and guidelines for their use. The boutique spa has 12 treatment rooms where modern methods of relaxation are combined with ancient wisdom and traditions.

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V Spa Wellness Centre

Tartu maakond, Tartu linn

The best parts of relaxation and wellness come together in the heart of Tartu. Here at V Spa Wellbeing Centre, you will find more than 80 exceptionally relaxing treatments inspired by the diversity of nature, from Estonian peat treatments to authentic Thai massages. V Spa offers something for everyone, as in addition to traditional spa services, treatments are also offered for children and pregnant women. By choosing a day spa package with a visit to the water and sauna centre instead of a treatment, you will make your holiday in Tartu even more extraordinary!

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Handmade wine and cider tasting at Järiste Winery

Tartu maakond, Aiamaa küla

We grow grapes, apples, and cherries. We popularise Estonian viticulture and wine culture. We offer wines, ciders, and blackcurrant liqueur made from local berries. We are also one of the few wineries in Estonia to produce wine from their own grapes. Each vintage is unique and personal. We operate in the historic Luke Manor Tavern. During the tour, we will introduce you the exciting process of wine and cider production and you can taste our products with snacks from local businesses.

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Europa Experience

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

Come and discover how Europe works! At Europa Experience, you can see an interactive exhibition reflecting the people, countries, institutions, and fields of activity of the European Union, and watch a film about the formation of the European Union and the functioning of European democracy in a 360° cinema. All content and activities are available on the information boards and screens in the 24 official languages of the European Union. Groups can take part in a mock game, which will give them the opportunity to try out in a playful way how the European Parliament deals with issues and makes decisions for all of us. To participate in the game, the group must be registered in advance.

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Workshop of modern Estonian cuisine

Tartu maakond, Tartu

In the workshop of modern Estonian cuisine, we will make appetisers, main courses, and desserts based on the season and the participants' food preferences. We always use fresh and seasonal Estonian raw ingredients. We will also talk a bit about the diets of Estonians in the past and get acquainted with exciting Estonian flavours. For example, in the winter workshop, you can make beer bread with lentil pate as the appetiser, delicious flounder cutlets with vegetable mash, and pickled vegetables as the main course, and layered bread dessert for the final course. The workshop is conducted by nutrition therapist, chef, and experience trainer Triin Muiste. The location depends on the wishes and size of the group.

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Extreme sports centre Spot of Tallinn

Harju maakond, Peetri alevik

Spot of Tallinn is unique throughout Europe, as it offers world-class facilities for both professionals and amateurs. The indoor hall in the complex has a BMX motocross training track, skate parks, rooms for gymnastics and acrobats, trampolines, porolone pools, drop-in attractions, and much more. All of this enables our guests to try out, train, and compete regardless of the weather all year long. Spot is suitable for families and guests of all ages – start with the softer and smaller attractions and move on to increasingly larger and more difficult ones. Our instructors and coaches are always happy to guide our visitors.  

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Tallinn Private Old Town Walking Tour & Estonian Dinner

Throughout Estonia

Take an entertaining private walking tour of charming medieval Tallinn followed by a tantalizing local dinner. Get to know the stories of Tallinn in the most enjoyable way possible with a taste of a traditional Estonian meal. Our wonderfully passionate hand-picked guides are pleased to lead you through the highlights of the charming historic heart of Tallinn. Once the journey through Tallinn's old town comes to an end, you will be able to continue discovering the local traditions by enjoying a delicious Estonian inspired dinner at an historic old town restaurant.

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Last updated : 02.12.2021

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