Magical winter wonderland

Source: Georgius Misjura

Magical winter wonderland

Estonia with its snowy forests and frozen lakes makes for an unforgettable winter destination. From cross-country skiing to post-sauna swims in sub-zero temperatures, this Nordic wonderland welcomes you with activities that invigorate your body and soothe your soul. The days might be a bit shorter but the easily accessible scenery still offers you plenty of time to relax and have fun. With so much to do, you will not even feel cold!

Experience winter to the fullest
Start your day off in the fresh air

Just as Estonians have done for centuries, visitors can enjoy skiing, skating, sledging and snowshoeing in the sparkling winter scenery. You can explore the diverse regions and untouched wildernesses through your favourite winter sport, try an adventurous new activity or find your winter fun in the heart of a city. There is a pop-up ice rink in the historical centre of Tallinn and an ice rink in the middle of Tartu. Bring your own skates or rent a pair on the spot!

Make a pit-stop to fuel your body

If you thought picnics were only a summer thing, think again. Estonian winters are long and beautiful. This is also a perfect opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the season by combining natural delights with culinary ones - they will definitely enhance each other! Depending on how adventurous you feel, you can either cook your food over the fire or buy some Estonian treats to take with you to the picnic. Check out the best winter picnic spots to get your imagination rolling.

Wind down after icy adventures

 For most Estonians, saunas represent a way to relax, spend time with family and friends, and warm up after a day out in the bone-chilling extremes of the Nordic winter. (Don't worry, it is not always that cold!) Although the first written records about saunas date back 800 years, the sauna tradition remains as alive and invigorating as ever. The rich set of Southern Estonian smoke sauna traditions has also been entered into UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.

To get the full sauna experience, it's encouraged to jump into a frozen lake and get whipped with a bundle of leaves (a whisk). Sweating in a soot-covered chamber, submerging yourself in freezing water, and getting beaten probably sounds like torture to most people. For Estonians, these are the ingredients for a relaxing Saturday night.

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