Ice fishing events and traditional fishing villages
For the fishing aficionados out there, you'll find plenty of events and competitions to test your lures all around Estonia. In February, you can find the pop-up ice fishing village known as Kalaküla on the ice of Lake Peipsi. The event is known throughout Estonia, inspired by the long-standing practice of fishermen gathering on the lake for weeks in the winter, catching fish both day and night, and eating together. Even if you can't make it for the event, you can still experience ice fishing on Lake Peipsi with an organized tour.
In addition, you can enjoy events related to coastal fishing, such as Räime West in May in Pärnu County and the Wind Fish Festival at the end of May on Hiiumaa at Orjaku harbor.
Estonians have been fishing since ancient times, so there are quite a few fishing villages around the country. On Estonia's northern coast, you can visit Altja fishing village. If you're in Pärnu, then you can go for a hike through the quiet winter woods and end with ice fishing on a frozen lake. You can also take a "fish taxi" out to Pärnu Bay for a unique fishing experience. On Kihnu Island, fishing has long been part of their traditional way of life. In the winter, you can join a local fisherman on a sled trip across the ice to go fishing.
And for those who want to even more about fishing and its history in Estonia, stop by the island of Muhu and check out the Koguva Fishing Museum.
Ice Fishing on Lake Peipsi
One of the most popular spots to go fishing in Estonia is Lake Peipsi in the southeast of the country. As the largest lake in Estonia and the fifth largest in Europe, the area around the lake has its own culture. This includes the Old Believers and the famous Onion Route where onions are farmed by traditional methods. Of course, these onions are very often cooked with fish caught in the lake to make something tasty.
If you're in the Peipsi area you can also enjoy a karakat safari. Karakats are unique vehicles built by local Peipsi fishermen on large aircraft tires that make it safe to navigate the lake in winter.