Lake Võrtsjärv, which is part of the Natura 2000 nature and bird protection area, is the natural habitat for various plants and fish, as well as a popular tourism destination. The area of the lake with a thousand faces offers possibilities for active holidays, a visit to the lake museum, a chance to try oven-warm smoked bream with local fishermen, or a ride on a sailboat out on the water.
What to do on Lake Võrtsjärv
Why should you make the time for an Estonian nature tour?
Dr. Simon Bell, a professor at the Estonian University of Life Sciences, has been studying the effects of nature on our health for many years. He accepts that there is a clear link, but can only theorize when asked the question why. "We have the evidence that being closer to nature makes us more relaxed, based on the physiological factors, i.e. things we can measure. So, we know it works, but we don't really know how", said Bell.
As humans, we can live our lives quite out of touch with the natural world that we inhabit. We tend to become detached from nature and our place within its delicate balance. "Sometimes it's very important for us as humans to feel small, to feel part of something that's so much bigger than ourselves and our busy lives", says Bell. "To be at one with nature, with the universe, is humbling and ultimately relaxing as a result."