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Bog Wild in Estonia

By Linda Tancs

The bog system of Endla Nature Reserve (the largest mire expanse in Central Estonia) provides a habitat for the white-tailed eagle, the golden eagle and the osprey. Located in Tooma village in Jõgevamaa, the expanse of over 25,000 acres also preserves the karsts of the southern slope of Pandivere Highlands. The marked trails range from over one to nearly 5 miles in length and provide an opportunity to get to know the forests, wooded meadows and bogs as well as to observe birds and learn about the local plants. Guide service is available in English and Estonian.

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Rural Estonia

By Linda Tancs

A pleasant day trip from the capital Tallinn, Lahemaa National Park is located in northern Estonia. The country’s oldest and largest national park at nearly 8,000 square feet, it’s also one of Europe’s most important forest conservation areas. South of the park, the large forested Kõrvemaa area is home to moose, wild boars, brown bears, lynxes, foxes and other wild animals. And of almost 840 plant species in the area, 34 are rare. A multitude of hiking trails gives visitors ample opportunity to explore the gently rolling terrain. You needn’t do it all in a day, of course. A plethora of guesthouses, manors and campsites offer respite. The first snowfall generally occurs this month, and the impending winter brings the ice castles of nearby Jägala Waterfall as well as a winter wonderland in the park.

Tallinn’s Concert of Light

By Linda Tancs

As summer draws to a close and Estonia’s days wind into longer nights, now is the time to celebrate the light.  Today’s “Light is Walking in Kadriorg” (7pm until 11pm) closes out Tallinn’s summer concert series with thousands of candles and torches around Kadriorg Park.   Within walking distance from the Old Town, the park is adorned with a grand Baroque palace befitting one of northern Europe’s oldest capital cities.

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