Estonia Travel Guide

After getting bounced around by German, Danish, Swedish, Polish and Russian rule for over 700 years, Estonia attained independence in 1918 when the Russian Empire collapsed due to the revolution. Unfortunately the revolution brought about the Soviet Union and Estonia was forcibly incorporated behind the Iron Curtain in 1940. Estonia finally re-gained independence in 1991 through its “Singing Revolution”, a non-violent movement that overthrew a brutal and violent occupation.

Helpful Info
Population – 1,330,000
Money – Euro (as of Feb 2020 US$1 = 0.91; current rate available at
Language – Estonian, but English & Russian is understood by many
Religion – 70% claim no religion or undeclared
When to go – Summer when it is warmer
World Heritage Sites – 2 – Struve Geodetic Arc & Tallinn
Country formed – gained independence from Soviet Union on August 20, 1991

My Visit

In August 2019 I spent a month traveling around the Baltic states and I flew from Vilnius, Lithuania to Estonia, skipping over Latvia which I went to when I left Estonia. I did this because flights tend to be cheaper and more frequent out of Riga, Latvia than Tallinn, Estonia. During my time in Estonia I was invited to visit Finland for the day and I was surprised how easy it was to take a two hour ferry to Helsinki. After returning from Finland I rented a car and drove all over Estonia.

Likes, Dislikes, and Recommendations

The is nothing I disliked about Estonia and I found the country to be a great combo of history, nature, and stories of the Soviet occupation. I recommend renting a car as I did so you can get all over the country easier than by bus. After several days checking out the capital of Tallinn I drove along the northern highway and checkout Jagala Waterfall, the bogs of Lahemaa National Park, and the castle at Narva on the Russian border. From there I dropped south to see the Observatory at Tartu and then west to the islands of Saaremaa and Hiiumaa. Finally I returned the car in Tallinn and took the bus to the seaside town of Pärnu and a ferry to the island of Kihnu before leaving by bus for Riga, Latvia. About the only thing I wished for was an extra day on the island of Saaremaa and maybe in Tallinn, otherwise I think the above itinerary done in nine days was just fine.

For recommendations, checkout each of the blogs below to see what I discovered at each site and city.

All Blogs From Estonia

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