You get picked up from Tallinn by a local nature guide and start driving (transfer 1h30) towards the eastern part of Estonia. The first destination will be Lahemaa National Park, which was the first national park grounded in the whole Soviet Union. Lahemaa NP was grounded to protect the coastline, old-growth taiga forests, peat bogs and the Baltic-German and Estonian cultural heritage. After checking in our hotel (Vihula Manor Spa Hotel) we will go on our first evening excursion. One of the most important targets on the first evening will be one of Europe’’s biggest mammals – the Elk. The old-growth forests of Lahemaa are also home to several species of owls. On this evening, we hope to hear and see the very tiny but charismatic Pygmy Owl and the imposing Ural Owl. Night in Lahemaa NP
After breakfast we’ll go and discover the beautiful coastline and experience the bird migration with a well-experienced guide. Estonia is situated on the East Atlantic flyway route, which every spring and autumn is used by millions of migrating birds. The variable coastline and shallow waters offer great feeding and resting possibilities, so many birds use it also as a stopover. After lunch we will drive to the region of Alutaguse, where we’ll spend the night in a Brown Bear watching hide, where we have really good chances of seeing Brown Bears and Raccoon Dogs. Night in the Brown Bear hide.
Meals: B, Picnic for dinner
After the memorable night in the hide, we’ll drive around in nearby forests of Alutaguse looking for Capercaillie and Black Grouse. After that, we’ll return to our accommodation for a late breakfast. After a break, we’ll head out again to explore one of Estonia’s most characteristic and in the meantime, most unique landscapes – the peat bog. Later that day, we’ll get more acquainted with the rich history of the manor houses of Lahemaa NP. Night in Lahemaa NP
Meals: B, Picnic for lunch
Return to Tallinn. After breakfast, we’ll leave Lahemaa NP and drive back to Tallinn.