ECOTOURISM

Estonia is becoming an increasingly popular destination of eco tourism. Although officially eco-tourism started here quite recently, Estonians have always been very closely linked to nature. As life and harvests depended on nature people learned to observe the signs and believed in the spirits of animals and natural forces. Keeping alive the natural cures for diseases have strongly rooted in Estonians traditions and even nowadays alternative medicine is widely used in the rural areas. Estonian forests and bogs have therefore been kind to its people, offered food and even retreat during foreign occupations. It is estimated that 13 000 Estonians escaped to forests and bogs at the beginning the Soviet occupation and deportations and continued their life as “forest brothers” for years.

Estonia is rich in forests, bogs, lakes and rivers. Over 10% of Estonia’s land territory is designated a protected area which includes nature reserves, landscape reserves and five national parks, offering a paradise for people who wish to combine an active holiday like hiking, canoeing, horseback riding with unspoilt nature. Many local farms have gone eco offering their guests possibilities to enjoy authentic countryside life, eat locally grown organic food, take part in the work of the farm and learn ancient crafts. Fabric weaving, sheep shearing, flax spinning, honey straining, smith work, oven- building for more challenging experiences, while making bread, cheese and herbal medicines are for those who wish relaxation and stress reduction. Memorable experience and positive, unique emotions are undoubtedly guaranteed.

Going eco means more than just an active holiday. Estonians eco-spas are also gaining popularity. Vihula Manor eco spa presents a new ecological spa concept combining heritage, nature and luxury with contemporary comfort and modern technologies. Pädaste Manor on the picturesque Muhu island was recognised as one of 10 finest eastern European spas by the Traveller Spa Guide 2010 by Condé Nast. Pädaste manor features also the best fine dining restaurant in Estonia, using local wholesome ingredients from organic farming. Being eco is gaining popularity also in other restaurants and cafes, which order products from local farmers to deliver the authentic experience to their guests.

Anyone can contribute by being more conscious about the choices of restaurants, hotels and travel measures. To make your choice easier you should search for two labels: Estonian Ecotourism Quality label EHE (Genuine and Interesting Estonia) that guarantees the respect for nature and minimize the negative impact on nature, while supporting local economy and the Green Key, which is an international eco-label for environmentally conscious businesses and thus demonstrates the product to be nature friendly and ecological.

Ask more information and tips if you are interested in natural medicine, alternative medicine or practice an eco-friendly vegetarian or vegan diet!

ECOTOURISM
ECOTOURISM
ECOTOURISM
ECOTOURISM