Estonia – local experiences

ESTONIA

 amarillo HOME VISIT ON KIHNU ISLAND
WEBSITE: http://www.kuraga.eu

Kihnu is the largest island in the Gulf of Riga with the area of 16.4 km2. It is 7 km long and up to 3.3 km wide. There are four villages on the island.The unique atmosphere of the island can be experienced visiting a local family at Kuraga Farm. Three generations are living in one farm and are happy to welcome guests.

Duration of the programme: 1.5 hours.

The programme includes:

  • Presentation of Kuraga family about everyday life and the past on the island.
  • Homemade local lunch from ecological self-grown and home-made food such as white/black bread, herbal tea, jam and other goods from family’s garden.

Local music performed by the Kuraga family members.

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 amarillo  FROM THE CITY TO BEER CAPITAL – SAKU TOUR

Country life experiences and tastes during a day trip outside Tallinn. You are welcome to enjoy the history and modern tastes of the Baltic largest beer brewery and great Saku manor, the Metsanurme old barn and the bread history, Esko’s farm dairy products and the environment.

Duration of the programme: 6 -7 hours.

The programme includes:

  • Presentation of the manor house, workshops and handicraft.
  • Visit to Esko`s farm dairy, presentation of production, degustation (cheese, curd, yogurt, feta-cheese).
  • Visit and coffee-break in Metsanurme village house (former grain dryer).
  • Visit to Saku Brewery – guided tour in the factory and beer-museum, production degustation, dinner in brewery pub.

Saku Brewery www.pruulikoda.ee

Saku Manor House www.sakumois.ee

Metsanurme Village Centre www.metsanurme.eu

Esko Farm Dairy www.eskotalu.ee

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 amarillo AVINURME WOODEN HANDICRAFTS CENTRE
ADDRESS: Võidu 3, Avinurme 42101, Jõgevamaa, Estonia
DISTANCES: Tallinn 155 km
SEASON: all year
FOR WHOM: individuals/groups
WEBSITE: www.puiduait.ee

 

Avinurme Wooden Handicrafts Centre in East-Viru County is a tourist centre that offers a chance to get acquainted with the local woodcraft, spend quality time in woodworking workshops and taste or even prepare yourself a selection of Estonian traditional foods. Avinurme area has strong woodcraft and business traditions, based on knowledge passed on from generation to generation. Meals can be pr-ordered.

Duration of the programme: 1.5-2.5 hours (depends of the workshop theme).

The programme includes:

  • Presentation of the Avinurme Wooden Handicrafts Centre.
  • Workshop options: basket weaving, chipwood decorations, sauna hat felting, sauna soap felting, bread baking, candle making, wood painting, galosh painting.
  • Coffee break and/or degustation of local products.

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 amarillo VÕROMAA SMOKE SAUNA AT MOOSKA FARM
WEBSITE: http://www.mooska.eu

The Adventure Trip and Smoke Sauna package presents the smoke sauna traditions of Old Võromaahaving found a dignified place in the list of UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The smoke sauna session in Mooska smoke sauna is customarily at least 3 hours of bathing enjoyment.Body and soul will be cleansed while relaxing in a mysterious and comforting steam room, together with the host family, whisking, bathing, and pampering yourself with sauna honey. The sauna is located near a pond for a cooling swim when water is ice free or an invigorating dip in winter. During the experience your hosts will tell you all about and explain the Estonian smoke sauna traditions and beliefs. Smoke sauna is a holy (sacred) place for the family.

The Adventure Trip and Smoke Sauna package has been awarded the EHE (Genuine and Interesting Estonia) quality label.

Duration of the programme: 5-6 hours.

The programme includes:

  • A nature trip to Vällamägi Hill, where participants will gain a deep insight into the local cultural heritage.
  • A guided smoke sauna session after the walk.

Lunch or dinner made of local products.

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 amarillo TORI JÕESUU CIDER AND WINE FARM
WEBSITE: http://siidritalu.ee/

Fruit and berry wine has been made at the Tori Jõesuu Cider and Wine Farm since its beginnings. The people currently living there are inspired by the experiences of their ancestors and value the fruits and berries that grow from the local Soomaa soil, which has a peculiar composition. The old feral apple tree, which grows in the yard, is particularly special because we use its golden apples with an unusual taste to make the unique Tori Jõesuu Cider Farm cider. We will also visit a genuine Nordic vineyard.Cider tour in Tori Jõesuu Cider and Wine Farm at the edge of Soomaa has been awarded the EHE (Genuine and Interesting Estonia) quality label.

Duration of the cider tour: 2 hours.

The cider tour includes:

  • Visit of genuine Nordic vineyard.
  • Introduction of the organic cultivation of fruit trees, the process of turning raw materials into cider and wine.
  • Products’ tasting.

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 amarillo KUUSIKU NATUREFARM
WEBSITE: http://www.kuusikunaturefarm.ee

You will find the nice and quiet Kuusiku Nature Farm on the edge of the beautiful Lahemaa National Park by Lake Viitna Pikkjärv. The Kuusiku Farm offers traditional farm bread.

Duration of the programme: 5-6 hours.

The programme includes:

  • Introduction of Kuusiku Naturefarm.
  • Guided nature tour  in the nearby nature reserves or wetland  areas.
  • A cooking class for traditional foods, for example, mushroom dishes, bread baking, etc..
  • Lunch or dinner made of local products.
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 amarillo VEINIVILLA WINERY
ADDRESS: Valgejõe Veinivilla, Valgejõe, Harjumaa, Estonia
DISTANCE FROM TALLINN: 60 km
SEASON: May – October
FOR WHOM: groups of up to 50 pers.
HOST: Tiina Kuuler
WEBSITE: www.veinivilla.ee

 

 

The winery is located 60 km from Tallinn and offers visitors the chance to get to know the secrets of Estonian winemaking. The excursion includes a visit to the vineyard on the banks of the Valgejõe River, a tour of the winemaking building and the chance to enjoy eight varieties of local wine. With prior arrangement guests can take part in seasonal winemaking activities, which may include establishing new ground for planting vines (digging etc.) or helping with bottling and labelling the wines.

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 amarillo UUE – SAALUSE WINERY
ADDRESS: Rõuge vald, Võrumaa 65147
DISTANCE FROM TALLINN: 267 km
SEASON: May – September
FOR WHOM: groups up to 25 persons. Duration 1.5 – 2 h
HOST: Mrs Maris Kivistik
WEBSITE: www.koduveinid.ee

 

 

This winery is situated in a beautiful location on the shores of Lake Alajärv, in Haanja Nature Park (a NATURA 2000 protected site). The farm makes berry and fruit wines from local produce. Visitors can learn about the wine-making process, see the plantation (sea buckthorn and grapes), taste and buy wines, and enjoy the peace and quiet of the beautiful Lake Alajärv. The visit includes a tour of the vineyard and the winery, followed by tastings of three different berry and fruit wines (with canapes). Wines are available to purchase.

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 amarillo TURGI HANDWEAVING HOLIDAYS
ADDRESS: Turgi Cottage, Torila, Peipsiääre, Tartumaa, Estonia
DISTANCES: Tartu 50 km, Lake Peipus 1.5 km
SEASON: June – August
FOR WHOM: individuals/groups (max. 8 pers.)
DURATION: 1–4 days, arranged at time of booking
HOSTESS: Veinika Västrik
WEBSITE: www.facebook.ee/turgitalu

 

 

Turgi Cottage offers weaving courses with traditional handlooms. The hostess is a weaving teacher with considerable experience, having authored several weaving handbooks. Beginners will learn how to make small textile souvenirs (Estonian belts, bands, scarves, etc.). Advanced weavers can learn various special weaving techniques.
The course package includes:
• Individual handloom weaving tuition
• Textiles (warp and weft for weaving samples)
• Presentation on Estonian home textiles from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
• Accommodation in a traditional log cottage
• Homemade local food
• Use of sauna
While staying at Turgi Cottage the course participants can spend their leisure time by Lake Peipus with its sandy beach and forests full of wild strawberries.

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 amarillo IISAKA FARM
ADDRESS: Iisaka Farm, Uuri, Harju, Estonia
DISTANCE: Tallinn 50 km
SEASON: 15 May– 15 September
FOR WHOM: groups 10–40 pers.
DURATION:
– farm tour 1.5 hours
– handicraft workshop 1.5–3 hours
HOST: Liis Burk
WEBSITE: www.iisakatalu.ee

 

 

 

Iisaka sheep farm presents its story, from its beginnings in the distant past to its operation today as a functioning family farm. It is situated in the middle of Lahemaa National Park and is surrounded by Kahala Lake and juniper fields. The place is ideal for raising sheep and making handicrafts, and the farm has passed from father to son for five generations. The family honours traditions and has adopted environmentally friendly production practices. They use various old handicrafting techniques in everyday life – to make yarn out of fleece, to make tallow candles and to make hats using traditional methods.

During the farm tour the hosts discuss the lives and beliefs of the farmers of centuries past. They also talk about the farm’s history and today’s work in sheep breeding and the creation of wool products.
The handicraft techniques workshop includes skills like spinning, needle binding, candle-making and wool work.

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 amarillo MARIA FARM
ADDRESS: Kõpu küla, Tõstamaa osavald, Pärnu 88109 Estonia
DISTANCES: Tallinn 156 km, Pärnu 32 km
SEASON: all year
FOR WHOM: individuals/groups of up to 40 people (depending on the activity or workshop)
HOSTS: Riina and Enn Rand
WEBSITE: www.maria.ee

 

 

Maria Farm is a West Estonian–type farm, built at the beginning of the last century. It represents five generations of tradition and hospitality. The farm is a popular holiday site for local and international guests. It also offers a number of visitor programme options:

  • Estonian homemade bread baking workshop – participants are guided through the process of making a perfect bread dough and baking their own bread.
  • Handicraft workshop – needle felting; wet soap warping; candle, finger puppet, paper basket and jewellery making; sea painting.
  • National evening with a folk programme – national music; dancing, including audience participation; traditional farm dinner.
  • Horse-riding lessons for beginners and trekking for skilled riders.
  • Rural spa packages based on healing sauna procedures and traditional beauty treatments using natural substances such as salt and honey.

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 amarillo ESTONIAN AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM WORKSHOPS
ADDRESS: Pargi 4, Ülenurme, Tartu County, Estonia
DISTANCES: Tallinn 191 km, Tartu 8.5 km
SEASON: all year
FOR WHOM: groups
WEBSITE: http://epm.kovtp.ee/web/eng/home

 

The museum offers agricultural exhibitions and themed workshops demonstrating and teaching traditional skills. Programme duration is 1.5–2 hours. The following packages are available:

  • Magical honey

The workshop introduces a beehive, beekeeping equipment, apiculture products (propolis, pollen, etc.) and the health benefits of honey. Visitors learn about the different types of bees, their jobs and their lives. Wax candles are made during the workshop, and honey and pollen are tasted.

  • From Grain to Bread

A workshop that teaches participants about tillage, harvesting and bread baking. Participants will use traditional tools to make bread right from the beginning, literally from the grain. The benefits of bread to health and bread-related traditions are introduced. Of course, tasting the local bread is also included.

  • Blacksmithing

Blacksmithing is the oldest way to work with metals. Participants will watch the local blacksmith at work, and listen to his stories and explanations of the tools and tricks of the blacksmithing trade. A piece will be forged by the blacksmith during the workshop.

  • Discovering potatoes

A workshop in which participants learn about the origin and spread of the potato, the parts of the potato plant, the different sorts of potato, and the tools and machines needed for growing and harvesting. The hands-on part of the workshop includes starch research, experiments with iodine and making potato prints on paper or textiles.

  • Cooking traditional Estonian food

Cooking traditional Estonian food with the hostess.