From beaches to bogs, and from lighthouses to windmills, here are 28 photos that show why Estonia is the world’s best kept secret

Estonia might just be the best kept secret in the world.

Considered by many as a cheap stag-do destination or a place to party, this imagine couldn’t be further from the truth, and there’s so much to see and do in this amazing little country.

I first went to Estonia a couple of years ago in the summer of 2015 and I immediately fell in love with the place, so much so I’ve been planning on going back ever since to spend some more time exploring all the different parts I didn’t get to see last time.

Countryside of Estonia

One of thing things I love about Estonia is as soon as you arrive at Tallinn airport you’re greeted with a sign that says “Welcome to Estonia – It’s positively surprising.”

It’s positively surprising. That’s how Estonians describe their own country.

Not exactly a ringing endorsement of the highest degree, yet these two words, these two simple words, epitomises the country and its people perfectly – that they’re calmly confident that this is a destination like no other, it’s just that you haven’t realised it yet.

Walking around Tallinn, Estonia

Long gone are the days of Estonia being just another former Soviet Bloc country with grey concrete buildings and even gloomier dispositions. In today’s modern Estonia things are thriving.

Since the restoration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 (they originally declared their independence in 1918), Estonia is a country that is immensely proud of its rediscovered and redefined national identity, and of its uniqueness too; there aren’t many places that can boast of 2,355 islands, 3,800 kilometres of coastline, and yet with nearly 50% of the entire country covered in forest.

Add in the fact that there’s only a population of 1.3 million people (making it one of the least densely populated countries in all of Europe), it means you’ve practically got the place to yourself.

Small village, Estonia

There’s no doubt about it, a lot of people who travel to Estonia don’t go any further than the capital of Tallinn, yet as soon as you travel half an hour out of the city and into the countryside the landscapes really open up to you.

With the highest point being a paltry 318 metres, it feels like these landscapes are eternal and endless, that they stretch on and on, and with different backdrops of beautiful beaches and bogs, of lighthouses and windmills, it really is a photographers paradise.

After learning all about Estonia and seeing it for myself, after really thinking about it, it was only then that I realised the country really was positively surprising, almost in every way.

Now it’s your turn to realise that with these 28 photos that’ll make you want to visit Estonia.


You’ll learns bogs aren’t as ugly as you first thought they were

Soomaa National Park, Estonia

Though they can be pretty difficult to get around without bog shoes

Bog shoes, Estonia

Which is why sometimes you need a kayak. Which isn’t so bad

Kayaking Soomaa National Park, Estonia

Every now and then you’ll come across a windmill that looks so beautiful during the day

Windmills in Estonia

Until you realise it’s even more stunning lit up at night

Windmill lit up at night in Estonia

With 2,355 islands to choose from, the beaches aren’t half bad here either

Beaches in Estonia

Especially why you find a little beach all to yourself

Baltic Sea, Estonia

Walking around the capital of Tallinn is a joy

Tallinn Town Hall Square, Estonia

Though make sure you climb to the highest point for the best views

Views of Tallinn, Estonia

Some of the buildings are seriously impressive. Take the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral as an example

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tallinn

And sometimes it feels like you’re in a fairy tale waiting for a prince to rescue you

Castles in Estonia

Even the fields look more magical

Wheat field in Estonia

Particularly when they’ve got abandoned buildings in them!

Abandoned farm house in Estonia

Whenever you come across a lighthouse you just want to climb to the top of it

Lighthouse in Estonia

Because it’s only when you get up high you realise how flat Estonia is

Countryside in Estonia

And at night there’s hardly any light pollution too

Stars in Estonia

Which makes staying at quirky places like the Bubble Hotel all the more special

Bubble Hotel, Estonia

Learning all about the traditional history and culture of Estonia can be fascinating

Traditional Estonian dress

Especially when it’s as cute as this

Kids holding hands

Some of these bogs are almost impossible not to jump in to

Bog, Estonia

Or maybe you’d prefer to go swimming at a deserted prison?

Deserted prison, Estonia

And if that’s not your thing either, exploring the area makes you feel like Indiana Jones

Hiking in Estonia

Often you keep coming back to the windmills though

Windmills of Saaremaa, Estonia

All the beautiful windmills

Close up of a windmill

But sometimes it’s a church

Church in Estonia

Occasionally you come across something ancient

Ancient wall in Estonia

Or forgotten

Lost boat in Estonia

Now you can see why Estonia is the world’s best kept secret, right?

Landscape in Estonia

So, who wants to go to Estonia now!?

Have you ever been to Estonia? If so, where’s your favourite place and what’s your favourite thing to do? Let me know in the comment box below!

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Macca Sherifi is a presenter, photographer and videographer who has worked in the travel industry for the past six years. He has travelled to over 75 countries, volunteered in Bangladesh and worked in both China and Australia.

  • Marina Von Glehn Paes

    Very Nice country. My favorite place is Glehnni Loss, in Nõmme, Tallinn. My Grand Grand Grand father was Nikolai Von Glehn. So much Love in this Place.

    • Ah wow, that’s amazing! I never made it to Glehnni Loss but I’ve just Googled it and it looks very grand. That’s quite the heritage you have there Marina!

  • Rainer Vilumaa

    Very nice and atmosferical pictures. However, a person insisting on Estonia being “the world’s best kept secret” in 2017 runs the risk of coming across as wantonly ingnorant or very ill-informed indeed.

    • Thank you! I completely agree with you – the heading was just something that I thought would work well on social!

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