Estonia, bordered by the Baltic Sea, is one of the three Baltic nations. In addition to its forests and lakes, ideal for outdoor activities, this ‘low country’ also boasts charming little villages alive with tradition.
Estonia has been a member of the European Union since 2004, and with its 1.3 million inhabitants is one of the ‘Baltic countries’ along with Latvia and Lithuania. Within reach of ferries from Finland, Estonia shares with its Nordic neighbour a language from the same Finno-Ugric family and a love for saunas. In this country of 45 000 km², with the highest point at 318 metres, conifer forests and lakes are never far away. The largest of these, Lake Peipsi Järv, six times the size of Lake Geneva, forms, in the east, a long natural frontier between Estonia and Russia. In spring and summer, the lake banks and placid watercourses come alive with thousands of fishermen and keen canoeists, and the forests are invaded by families who have come to pick red berries.