Estonia lies on the eastern shores of the Baltic Sea, south of Finland, bordering Russia to the east and Latvia to the South. Despite its compact size each region of Estonia has its own distinctive character. Visitors will find fens and forests, virgin bogs, over 1,400 lakes, 3,794 kilometres of coastline marked by bays and straits. The country has around 1,500 islands and islets, numerous rivers and streams and an unspoilt landscape characterised by colourful cities, historic villages and towns, dotted with manor houses, castles and traditional tatched dwellings.
The northern coast line, on which Tallinn is located is characterised by high limestone cliffs, spouting numerous waterfalls, and white sandy beaches nestled in dense pine forests.
The southern Estonia is a pleasant place to visit, tranquil and with a unique spirit, bisected by a river, with leafy parks and streets lined with 19th century wooden houses. Tartu is the country’s second city, a university town. The countryside surrounding Tartu has distinctive rounded hills, undulating green countryside, river valleys, lakes, nature reserves, old manors and stately castles.
The eastern border of Estonia is mainly marked by the vast of Lake Peipus (Europe’s fifth largest lake), studded with a string of villages known for their smoked fish, cucumbers and the best onions in the country.
To the west Estonia is the juniper-clad coastline and the numerous islandsof Estonia’s archipelago, characterised by wooden windmills and traditional log buildings with thatced roofs that practically brush the ground.