The Hidden Treasures of Estonia
Estonia can appear to a nature lover as the mythical
Shangri-La. The country being tiny in area, is surprisingly
rich when it comes to its diversified nature, untouched
by human action. The true treasures of Estonia are
undoubtedly its rivers, lakes and the sea.
In North and West, Estonia is bound by the Baltic Sea.
These expanses are packed with over 1500 isles and islets,
both large and small. Estonia’s isles are singular due to
their meandering coastlines and abundance of peninsulas.
There are not that many countries in the world able to
flaunt such a plethora of sea islands. Without the sea,
Western Estonia and islands would not have the speciesrich
coastal and wet meadows, deemed to be the crown
jewels of Estonian nature that one would not be able to
experience elsewhere in Europe. Estonia is rich in lakes
and rivers. About 1,200 lakes having an area of at least a
hectare have been counted, and more than 7,000 rivers
and streams. Lake Peipus, outlining the eastern border of
Estonia, is the fourth largest lake in Europe.
Estonian bodies of water are mystical, multifarious, well
maintained and yet – greatly undiscovered! Small bays full
of rare waterfowl, archaic fishing villages preserved and
ancient sailboats, revived and proudly riding the waves
in full sail once again. Despite of the miniature quantity,
the coastal regions of Estonia have varied nature and
traditions. Valorisation and promotion of water areas are
the two primary examples of the promotional “The Hidden
Treasures of Estonia. Aquatic Tourism”. This time around
the Võrtsjärv was acknowledged to be the best region.
The three best of them are ready to be discovered! Let’s