Photo: Jaanus Järva
Winter in Estonia is full of holidays, traditions and sporting activities. On February 24th, 2018, Estonians will celebrate a very important event – their 100th Independence Day. The entire year of 2018 will be packed with centennial celebrations, so come, embrace the great northern winter! As Estonians have done for centuries, visitors can experience skiing, skating, sledging and snowshoeing across sparkling winter scenery. Explore the diverse regions and untouched wildernesses through your favourite winter sport, or try an adventurous new activity!
Who said there is anything dull about classic winter sports? Go ice skating on a rink within Tallinn Old Town, or hop just outside the city for a scenic horse-drawn carriage ride. In South Estonia, traverse kilometres of down hill and cross country skiing tracks in the landscapes of Otepää or skate on the frozen sea in the Northern island town of Haapasalu!
Explore the Kõrvemaa nature reserve in Northern Estonia by snowmobile for the speed seekers, or by husky sledge of the animal lovers. Spend an afternoon exploring, or make an overnight expedition. Downhill ski on the slopes of Estonia’s most famous mountain ski centre, Kuutsemäe, or on the former mining hills turned winter centre of Kohtla.
Do you like to seek novel and unique experiences? Hike through bogs with snowshoes and spend the night in a tepee, or go ice-hole swimming after experiencing a sweat in a traditional Estonian smoke sauna for a tingling, energising feeling like no other. Take to a kicksledge for a different way of traveling winter landscapes and visit an uninhabited island on Estonia’s largest lake.