Estonia Autumn 2019 Migration Tour
Migrants, migrants and a few more migrants!
Migrants, migrants and a few more migrants!
If you have not visited Estonia before then you may be in for a surprise. It lies furthest north of the trio of Baltic States that also includes Latvia and Lithuania. Due to its close proximity to Finland – a hop-skip and a jump further to the north across the Baltic Sea – the vibe is certainly more Scandinavian than what you may imagine as a classic Eastern European country. It is even a very different entity to neighbouring Latvia, not least because of its free internet available practically everywhere. Your introduction to Estonian nature starts in the capital at Tallinn Airport. There are pictures of birds adorning the walls and piped songs of Common Rosefinch and Thrush Nightingale in the loos. Even the airport’s logo is a bird!
The Estonian hospitality is great as is the food. But even better, for those interested in birding, is the fact that the migration here can be phenomenal. The country lies on an amazing although poorly studied flyway. Anything and practically everything can turn up anywhere at anytime. New birds for Estonia are being found almost every year so if the excitement of finding birds is your thing, then look no further!
The local currency is the Euro.
Despite the fact that Estonia is a migrant-watcher’s wonderland, it is scarcely visited in the grand scheme of things. It receives only a few thousand birders and nature loving tourists on an annual basis, which is a crying shame because the country has so much to offer. And, after personally exploring the locations that this tour will cover, we can sincerely say that we were left totally impressed with the infrastructure of the country, the hospitality and food and totally encouraged by the birding opportunities. If you are into exploring new territory and up for finding species hitherto unknown to Estonia or in humongous flocks that you have never witnessed before, then Estonia is the place for you. Autumn migration involves millions of wildfowl and waders flying along the coast between the Baltic Sea and breeding grounds on the Arctic tundra. In addition, there is an exceptional migration of songbirds through the country each autumn. While in winter there are large congregations of wildfowl along the coastline including Steller’s Eider, which is now considered a Vulnerable species by BirdLife International.
We will carry out the itinerary in a relaxed fashion so this will certainly not be a twitching holiday. We believe that if you spend more time in the environment actually looking for wildlife then you will reap more rewards than by haring around from location-to-location.
The tour will take us to some of the country’s better known birding sites like Matsalu National Park all the way through to positively urban areas like Haapsalu. But all-in-all we will guarantee that you will leave Estonia with your eyebrows raised!
From the UK it is advisable to fly from Stansted with Ryanair arriving in Tallinn for midday.
The return flight departs Tallinn in the afternoon.
please contact Sacha Barbato at Travel Counsellors
+44 (0)1603 360 099
Phone: +44 (0) 330 4000 440 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)
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