Spas & Saunas
Spa-going is also extremely popular among Estonians, who share their sauna habits with the Finns next door. You can try a traditional smoke sauna at the Mihkli Farm Museum on Hiiumaa island. Many Estonians refer to Saaremaa island as ‘Spa-remaa’ for its proliferation of spa resorts, particularly in Kuressaare. You’ll find excellent spa spots in Pärnu, Rakvere, Võru and Tallinn as well.
In Estonia, some of the best birdwatching in the Baltic is found in Matsalu National Park, where 280 different species (many migratory) can be spotted, and where regular tours are run. Spring migration peaks in April/May, but some species arrive as early as March. Autumn migration begins in July and can last until November. Vilsandi National Park, off Saaremaa, is another prime spot for feathery friends; the park’s headquarters can help arrange birdwatching tours.