A once-in-a-lifetime experience for Lucas was also a five-kilometre hike through portions of the Baltic Sea to reach Vilsandi Island and National Park on foot. “It’s a very special, unusual hike. I’m not aware of many hiking trails where you hike through the sea for that long,” he recalls.
Most memorable experiences
Another of their most memorable moments, in addition to the Vilsandi hike, was stumbling upon old war-time military bunkers in the forest on Hiiumaa island. Anna explains, “Those were very loud places in the past, but now you’re in a really calm forest and birds are tweeting. Inside the bunkers, it’s so quiet.”
A more humourous experience took place during a night of bear-watching in northeastern Estonia, a region home to half of the country’s roughly 800 brown bears. After settling into the observation hut and silently staring into the bushes for hours, Lucas spotted a pair of brown ears. “I called out a bear, and everyone came running, but it turned out to be a boar. The boar spent the entire night around the hut. Everybody was laughing at me, pointing out the ‘bear’ whenever it appeared.” Luckily, Lucas and Anna did spot at least three genuine bears as well, which you can watch in their documentary.