The Best Winter Activities for Thrill Seekers

Source: Meelika Lehola

The Best Winter Activities for Thrill Seekers

Wintertime in Estonia conjures up images of skiing through snowy forests or visiting cosy Christmas markets. However, for those who'd like some adventure with their winter holiday, you can try an extreme off-roading safari, a night hike through the woods, or karakat safari on lake Peipus. So grab your friends and family and get your heart pounding with these adventure ideas!

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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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Snowmobile tours at Toosikannu Holiday Center

Järva maakond, Jõeküla

Come and have fun in the snow. Bring your friends and have an exciting winter day at Toosikannu! We will ride the snowmobiles in the forests and fields near Toosikannu. The route is chosen based on your preferences and experience and we welcome riders from the age of 16. Before we set out, we will give you some instructions and supply you with everything you need. We can take groups of up to 26 people on our excursions on our 4-13 Lynx 600 cc snowmobiles. Tours can also be arranged at night. After the ride, you can relax in a sauna or spend the night in our new Granary House after enjoying a dinner by the fireplace. An exhilarating experience is guaranteed!

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Hikes on kicksleds by soomaa.com

Pärnu maakond, Riisa küla

In winter, when the rivers and water meadows of Soomaa have frozen over and the weather conditions are favourable, you are welcome to try riding on a kicksled! The Finnish sleds or kicksleds make it fun to hike on frozen flood areas or forest roads. When planning the route of the hike, we will take into consideration your wishes, experiences, and the weather conditions. The sled hike will last for two or three hours and is also suitable for children!

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Karakat safari on Lake Peipus

Tartu maakond, Varnja alevik

Book a safari on the ice of Lake Peipus with a karakat. Karakats are custom vehicles, built by local Peipsi fishermen, on large aircraft tires that make it safe to navigate the lake in winter. The karakat safari lasts 1 hour and also includes stops. During the stops, we will introduce various fishing tools and methods on how to catch fish from an ice hole. We will also talk about the heritage culture of Peipsi fishermen, the local life, and the specialty of karakats. The safaris only take place if the ice conditions are suitable and the Police and Border Guard Board has given permission to go on the lake ice.

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Sleddog Tours and dog sledding in Järvselja forests and Peipsiveere Nature Reserve

Tartu maakond, Ahunapalu küla

Come and enjoy the wide-open space of a natural landscape in a primeval manner. In other words, go on a sled dog hike! Karusaare sled dog hikes offer a possibility to go on hikes in Järvselja forests all year round, and in the Peipsiveere Nature Reserve during winters. Our sled dogs love to be your companions during an easy hike that lasts for a few hours, as well as a dog sled trip that lasts for several days. A campfire is always a part of our trips as it gives the food a special flavour, warms the freezing hikers, and provides light and a peace of mind... Exhaustion is alleviated by a Russian sauna. If you wish, we can arrange catering.

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Adventure hike "Night in the woods with a lantern" in Elva recreational area

Tartu maakond, Vissi küla

This adventure hike offers you an opportunity to come to the forests in the Elva recreational area in Tartu County. Thanks to the nighttime peace, you will hear the noises of animals and birds better. You will also be able to smell the nocturnal forest. The hike is made more exciting by playfulness and proper hike rituals. At the end of the hike, you can rest your legs next to a crackling fire and eat a well-deserved picnic meal.  Those who complete the hike will be rewarded with a small gift! The hike is suitable for anyone aged 10 or older. Children can participate along with their parents.  

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Seikle Vabaks bog shoe hike in Tolkuse bog

Pärnu maakond, Rannametsa küla

The Luitemaa Nature Protection Area is one of the most unique landscapes in Estonia. Some of Estonia's tallest and most beautiful sand dune pine woods grow here. The local bog, Tolkuse, is also the most famous bog in the area at nearly 6,500 years of age. With around 40 bog pools, it is surrounded by the highest sand dunes in Estonia! The highest point of the dunes, Tõotusemägi hill, is an ancient sacrificial site from 1000 years ago. Trekkers taking part in this expedition will enjoy a prepared hiking route, the services of a guide, a light outdoor meal, and bog shoes as well as an unforgettable adventure! The price is valid for groups with a minimum of 6 people. Groups smaller than 6 are encouraged to contact the expedition company to arrange the price.

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Snowboarding and alpine skiing at Valgehobusemägi

Järva maakond, Mägede küla

The snowboarding and alpine skiing trail at Valgehobusemägi is 230 m long, 40 m wide, and the height difference between the apex and the base of the mountain is 30 m. There's also a new Tatra lift on the mountain. Thanks to Ivar Kruusenberg, the only representative of the Estonian snowboarding cross, we now have an Olympic track as well, where skiing enthusiasts can put their skills to the test. Bring your family to spend some proper quality time in the snowboarding park of Valgehobusemägi.

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Viimsi Mountain Park Vimka

Harju maakond, Lubja küla

The mountain park offers activities for the whole family throughout the year. Children can try winter sports and their parents can reminisce about the time when they were young and enjoy the winter with their children. In winter, visitors can ski, snowboard, and snowtube down the slopes. We also have a snow park for freestyle skiers and snowboarders. The slope is 50 m long and 36 m high, making it the largest hill near Tallinn. The centre with its training options, modern artificial snow system, and maintenance equipment for the slopes is perfect for people with different skill levels. During the summer season, you will find attractions from the Alpine mountain resorts here.

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Ice rink on Harju Street, Tallinn

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

A unique pop-up ice rink in the centre of Tallinn's Old Town, which opens at the beginning of December and closes at the end of March or the beginning of April, as the spring sun arrives. The ice rink on Harju Street, located next to the historic St. Nicholas Church, is a classical outdoor ice rink, which is perfect for every visitor and tourist. The ice rink has a historical atmosphere that gives visitors a feeling that cannot be compared to anything else. This kind of experience stays with visitors for the rest of their lives as a true fairy-tale memory!

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Skating trip on Haapsalu Bay

Lääne maakond, Haapsalu linn

Haapsalu Bay freezes early. The skating trip depends on the weather, therefore, you must act fast. However, if the conditions are good, we can skate fast and cover long distances. Depending on the ice conditions, the trip begins in the city centre of Haapsalu or Paralepa beach. We will skate along Haapsalu Bay towards the sea or Noarootsi peninsula. If the ice conditions permit and the group is strong enough, we can even visit Hobulaid island. The precise route and duration depend on the ice conditions. We will make at least one longer stop during the trip; we recommend you bring along a hot beverage and something to eat. The price includes skating equipment and guide services.

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