Despite being the smallest out of the three Baltic countries, Estonia might actually be the best one. Name as one of the greenest countries in the world according to Environment Performance Index, 52% of the country itself is made up of forest. That also explains how most of the extinct species in other parts of the Europe can still be found here, including the once endangered European mink.
Did you know that there are over 1500 Estonian islands and islets out there in the Baltic sea? What’s better is that each of them has their own unique charms and myths to share. The island of Hiiumaa with scenic forests and beaches’s believed to be formed out of the aftermath of a meteorite impact. In Kihnu, women have been in charge of governing and protecting the island for centuries, while the men are out fishing in the sea.
Natural wonders and traditional beliefs aside, art and history enthusiasts will particularly appreciate the medieval old town of Tallinn that is famous for the beautiful architecture, earning the city a place in the UNESCO World Heritage List. One of the continent’s most enchanting cities, the less crowded yet culturally distinct Tallinn is a cherished gem with still a lot more secrets to be uncoverd.