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Estonia may only be roughly the size of The Netherlands, but it has the lowest population density in Europe. Instead of being characterised by urban and rural development, approximately half of the country is covered by mixed boreal and taiga forest. Around 25% of the landscape is peatland such as fens and raised bogs, while more than 10% of the land is under environmental protection. Over 1000 lakes dot the landscape and around 1500 islands skirt the coastline.
Get Wild in Estonia this Month
Wild FocusTracking wolves in their forest hunting grounds is certainly one sort of wild winter experience that is possible in Estonia. However, wild experiences can occasionally also be found while driving along a highway...particularly in the midst of a cyclone! Last Thursday afternoon, Estonia was quickly covered with a very thick blanket of snow thanks to cyclone Monika. This sudden deep snow made many roads impassable and even began to bury cars that had stopped to wait for the storm to pass. This photo was taken on the highway between Tallinn and St Petersburg. Source: http://www.facebook.com/simpleexpress.
We certainly don’t recommend driving during or immediately after such large snow falls. However, once the storm has passed we do think that it is a great time to strap on some snow-shoes or skis and be the first to discover how the landscape and trees have changed with a fresh cover of white. It is certainly also a magical time to explore the countryside by horse and sleigh. In the next few weeks we will introduce you to some of the best ski trails in Estonia, while some of the best horse and sleigh experiences can be found via the Google Map
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