This gutsy country has long stood apart from its neighbours. With its historic cities, pristine forests and thousands of shimmering lakes. It boasts a unique and distinct culture, prized by its people and is a fascinating blend of Nordic, Baltic and Russian influences. On the northern coast, the capital Tallinn is an increasingly popular stop for visitors. This picturesque city is dotted with elegant monuments, quaint cafés and a lively restaurant scene; plus the UNESCO-protected Old Town, complete with cobblestone streets, preserved merchant houses and medieval churches, is a pleasure to behold. Outside the city, the country is home to a lengthy coastline as well as superb national parks and quaint villages which evoke a timeless sense of history.   

Top Recommendations

  • The nation’s capital Tallinn
  • Manor houses and deserted coastline within the Lahemaa National Park
  • Island hop along the west coast visiting Saaremaa and Hiiumaa
  • Canoe in the wetlands of Soomaa National Park
  • Sample the nightlife in the student town of Tartu
  • Lazy on the beach at Parnu on a summers day

When to Visit

May through to September. The weather is at its warmest and the days are gloriously long. In winter the temperatures plummet, with the sun rising for more than a few hours each day. Also, be prepared for the occasional shower and rainy day. Late November and December offer the chance for festive cheer at the Christmas markets in the capital that looks stunning in the snow-dusted city of Tallinn.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Tallinn.