Things you can only do in Estonia

Source: Lembit Michelson

Things you can only do in Estonia

What can you do in Estonia that you cannot do anywhere else? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Kiiking

Pärnu maakond, Pärnu

Kiiking is a sport invented in Estonia and it’s essentially an adrenaline-inducing form of swinging. Swinging or ‘kiiking' is generally done in an upright position and the aim is to pass over the spindle with the swing. In order to ensure safety, hands and feet are fastened to the shafts and to the swing seat with special straps. Sounds kind of fun, right?

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Tour in vintage Soviet cars

Harju maakond, Hingu küla

The Soviet Union boasted it’s very own automotive industry with a number of vintage gems displayed at Laitse Rally Park. Fancy a spin around the block?

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Samovar tea ceremony with a side of Devil’s temptation

Tartu maakond, Kolkja alevik

On the banks of Lake Peipus in Eastern Estonia lives a community referred to as the Old Believers. This village full of people descends from the 17th century contingent of Russian refugees who had fled here after being persecuted for their faith, finding a safe haven in the isolated borderland between Russia and Estonia along Europe’s fifth largest lake. Samovar AKA the tea tradition plays a huge part in the village culture. So, are you ready to tempt the Devil?

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XXVII Song and XX Dance Celebration ‘Minu arm (My Fatherland is My Love)’

Throughout Estonia

04.07.2019 - 07.07.2019

This one doesn’t need a lengthy introduction. In 2019 Estonia will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the song celebration. The Estonian Song Celebration is a tradition listed in UNESCO listed treasures, we’ve been singing together since 1869. The song celebration has had a significant effect on the development of Estonian identity and politics, and even today Estonians get together to sing in the face of any political turmoil. The song festival is a symbol of Estonia’s freedom and self-determination.

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A very Estonian sauna session

Võru maakond, Haanja küla

The Smoke sauna tradition of Old Võromaa has found a dignified place in the list of UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. At Mooska Farm, you can try this ancient Estonian heritage for yourself. Every winter, people from all parts of the world gather in the south of Estonia for the annual European sauna marathon. This fun competition involves different teams moving from one traditional Estonian sauna to the next through the freezing temperatures. So, it’s jumping from hot to cold and back, literally. The rules of the game are simple: teams have to spend at least three minutes in each sauna, while one team member has to jump into a freezing ice hole at each stop. See you next year?

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Last updated : 13.05.2019

In category: History & Culture

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