Living wild in Estonia

When untouched richness is always an hour away

Source: Maksim Nikiforov, Visit Estonia

Living wild in Estonia

Is all of Estonia one national park? No? But forests are always at your doorstep and everything looks so green, even in the cities.The raw power of forests and bog landscapes keeps attracting more and more visitors to the 6 diverse national parks of Estonia. So let's ask the residents of some of the parks an important question: how does it feel to live here?

Eurasian lynx (Lahemaa National Park)

"I'm the only wild cat in Estonia, living in the largest and oldest national park that is also one of Europe's most important forest protection areas. It is lovely in here with lots of forest and sandy, coastal areas.  I prefer going after rabbits and deer, while I notice humans come here for berries and mushrooms."

Eurasian lynx

Photo by: Remo Savisaar

"I live in a sanctuary, the largest coniferous forest and marsh area in the country. Among others animals, I share my home with wolves and lynxes who love moving between Estonia and Russia."

Brown bear

Photo by: Remo Savisaar

Common crane (Matsalu National Park)

I live in one of the most famous European bird watching sites, a feeding spot on the migration route between the Arctic and Western Europe. There are many birds in here, and 20,000 of them can look just like me!"

Common crane

Photo by: Mariann Rea, Visit Estonia

Siberian flying squirrel (Soomaa National Park)

"As the only flying squirrel species in Europe, I live in a very unique place. My home has the only fifth season in North Europe: every spring, our floods make up to 17,500 hectares of lower forests and roads only navigable by water. A perfect place for a canoe trip - if you can't fly!"

Siberian flying squirrel

Photo by: Чеканов Павел - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

By now we're sure you'd like to know more about the other national parks too, right? Here they are.