Estonia

Lakes, forests and beaches make up one of Europe’s smallest but prettiest countries. Estonians have fiercely defended their culture through decades of Soviet influence, and now it’s celebrated everywhere you turn. Fabulous food, gorgeous medieval towns and a sense of joyful independence set Estonia apart.

Estonia Tours & Travel

All our Estonia trips

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Estonia Highlights

About Estonia

At a glance

Trips Available:
2
Capital city:
Tallinn (population 417,000)
Population:
1.3 million
Language:
Estonian
Currency:
EUR
Time zone:
(GMT+02:00) Helsinki, Kyiv, Riga, Sofia, Tallinn, Vilnius
Electricity:
Type C (European 2-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth)
Dialing code:
+372

Best time to visit Estonia

July and August are the hottest and busiest months in Estonia. From May to September, days are mild and the nights cool. Though snowy in winter, there’s regular, mild to moderate rainfall throughout the year, becoming slightly heavier towards spring. Slush under foot is something you have to cope with in autumn, when snow falls then melts, and in spring, when the winter snow thaws.

Estonia weather chart

Geography and environment

The most northerly of the Baltic countries, Estonia is blessed with forests and a long coastline. To the east it neighbours Russia and to the south Latvia, while just across the Baltic Sea is Finland.

Top Picks

Cold fish sandwich

Top 10 Estonian Tastes

1. Marineeritud Angerjas

If you want the real Estonian food experience, it’s best to start with this slippery little number - marinated eel served cold.

2. Sult

Pork is a staple of Estonian food, and no pork dish is more popular than sult - boiled pork in jelly. Step inside an Estonian home to see jar after jar of jelly setting on the shelves.

3. Mulgikapsad

Dig in to a hearty serving of sauerkraut stew with pork and boiled potatoes. It’ll keep you going all winter, and well into spring.

4. Koduolu

This beer is made from rye or oat malts filtered through straw and juniper twigs. It’s claimed to be one of the world’s oldest continuous beer-making traditions, drawing inspiration from Babylonian beer-making methods.

5. Saku Originaal

For a more modern taste, join the locals in a Saku Originaal - a fine lager, and the most popular in Estonia.

6. Silgusoust

There’s nothing like sprats if they’re accompanied with bacon and lashings of sour cream.

7. Kali

This non-alcoholic drink has been nicknamed ‘the Estonian Coca-Cola’ for its sweet, slightly fizzy taste.

8. Vervivorst

If you’re lucky enough to spend Christmas in Estonia, be sure to try this blood and barley sausage. It’s similar to black pudding and served with berry jam.

9. Kama

A thick dessert drink made with sour milk (kefir) and a mixture of ground grains - rye, oat barley and pea flour.

10. Keel Hernestega

Not for the faint hearted, this dish of cold tongue is usually served with horseradish for added pizazz.

FAQs on Estonia

Tipping in restaurants is becoming more common in Estonia. Leave around 10%.
Internet access is excellent in Estonia. Free wireless zones, as well as internet cafes, can be found all over the country.
Estonia has excellent mobile phone coverage. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your carrier if you wish to use your phone.
Estonia has western-style flushable toilets and even the occasional bidet. Keep loose change handy to pay for public toilets.
Bottle of soft drink = 1.20 Euro
Cup of coffee = 2 Euro
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 2 Euro
Simple lunch = 5 Euro
Three-course meal = 12 Euro
Short taxi ride = 4 Euro
Yes, tap water is considered safe to drink.
Credit cards are widely accepted.
There’s good access to ATMs in nearly all towns and cities.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Feb 24 Independence
Mar 29 Good Friday
May 1 Labour Day
May 18 Whit Sunday (Pentecost)
Jun 23 Voidupuha (Victory Day)
Jun 24 Jaanipaev (St John’s Day/Midsummer’s Day)
Aug 20 Restoration of Independence Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Boxing Day

Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to:
http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Estonia/public-holidays

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

Estonia Travel Tips

Reuseable water bottle

Top responsible travel tips for Estonia

1. Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

2. Be considerate of Estonia’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

3. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.

4. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

5. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

6. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

7. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

8. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
Back On The Map: Adventures In Newly Independent Estonia Marc Hyman
My Estonia: Passport Forgery, Meat Jelly Eaters, and Other Stories Justin Petrone
War in the Woods Mart Laar