Though geographically similar to Lithuania or Latvia, linguistically and ethnically linked to Finland and under soviet rule for 50 years, Estonia offers visitors a unique culture all its own. Enjoy the extensive coastlines, where you can partake in all kinds of water sports and outdoor activities. Relax in the naked saunas, or find calmness in the vast countryside, a big leap from densely populated Western Europe. The capital city of Tallinn offers a captivating charm and the Old Town is a protected UNESCO site. Estonia truly offers many different adventures for the entire family – book your ticket to Estonia today and get to experience all its wonderfulness first-hand.
FLY TO ESTONIA WITH SAS
SAS flies to Estonia via Olso, Copenhagen or Stockholm (depending on route) from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C. With daily departures from multiple locations, you can easily find a departure to suit your travel plans. Book early to save on airfare and when you choose SAS, enjoy a 24-hour right of revocation on your flight tickets and online check-in 22 hours prior to departure. Passengers on intercontinental flights can enjoy food and drinks on board. In addition, Wi-Fi is available for a small fee. We look forward to welcoming you on board!
If you are travelling with children under 2 years (without own seat) they fly either free of charge or with a 90% discount on the flight portion of the ticket price, depending on the destination. Children from 2-11 years get a 25% discount. The discounts do not apply to taxes and fees.
TRAVELING IN HISTORICAL ESTONIA
Estonia’s deep, rich history dates back thousands of years. Though the first Estonian ancestors settled on the Baltic Coast in 9,000 B.C., it wasn’t until the 9th century when villages and small towns began to form. The period between 800 and 1200 A.D. is marked with constant raids and pillages by the Estonian Vikings. Even today, you can find relics from this period on Estonia’s largest island Saaremaa.
Following the Vikings, Estonia converted to Christianity and entered the medieval ages. Since that time, it was passed between hands of various powers, including Russia, Sweden and Denmark, up until the country finally gained full independence in 1991. Today, Estonia is famous for its folk songs—a collection that is one of the largest in the world—and illustrates, among other things, the cultures deep connection to nature. Many topics of the songs are focused on the power of the trees and the nature, with an emphasis placed on paying homage to the natural world.
VISIT THE MEDIEVAL TOWN IN TALLINN
Reminders of Estonia’s Medieval history are best illustrated in the capital city of Tallinn. The Old Town is a UNESCO protected site, and still home to the warehouses that were used to store salt, tea and flour dating back to when Estonia was part of the prestigious and prosperous Hanseatic League, a collection of merchant Baltic coastal cities which dominated trade in Northern Europe. Some of the other top historical sites include: the Toompea Hill, where the Estonian royals ruled for decades, the Oleviste Church, the Town Wall, the Patarei Sea Fortress Prison or the impressive Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, built under the Russian Empire.
In addition to a rich historical heritage, Tallinn is regularly described as a city that perfectly blends the old with the new. Just next door to century old structures you’ll find modern businesses, trendy neighborhoods and luxurious hotels. Estonia’s capital city is also a thriving innovative metropolis, encouraging new, sustainable interventions in the city center and cultivating a business culture catered to new ideas and entrepreneurship.
EXPLORE THE NATURE ON EUROPE’S LARGEST METEOR CRATER
The island of Saameraa is a popular spot for mainland Estonians looking to experience fresh air, open spaces, deserted beaches, rich wildlife, flourishing greenery, and some pretty delicious vodka and beer, too! But it hasn’t always been that way. In fact, during the 50 year Russian rule, the island was completely off limits to visitors—even those from mainland Estonia needed a permit. Luckily, this has unintentionally preserved the magical feel and its traditional rural appeal. In addition to endless natural beautify, Saameraa is a popular spot for water sports and activities such as sailing, canoeing and kayaking. Saameraa is also home to Europe’s largest meteor crater and home to a large variety of birds and animals that you rarely see in other parts of Europe.