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White Nights in Estonia: Your Chance to Experience the Best of Estonia in One Day

Picture of Kasparas Asmonaitis
Updated: 22 June 2017
Estonia might be a very small country, but it has a wealth of attractions. Those planning a visit between May and July can take advantage of White Nights – when the days are long and the nights are short – to make the most of their time away. Here’s our insider’s guide on where to go and what to see.

Midsummer’s Day

Jaanipäev has long been the most important holiday for Estonians, when they celebrate the longest day and the shortest night on June 24. It also happens to be the name-day for all Johns (Jaanipäev) in the country, meaning they get to organize the festivities, including food, drinks, dances, and bonfires. Midsummer’s Day also marks the official start of White Nights.

Take in the beauty of Tallinn

Estonia’s tourist board organizes various unique events during White Nights, when people fall in love with this amazing Baltic country. For example, you can walk across the rooftops of Tallinn‘s Old Town at sunrise and watch the city as it wakes up, while chimney sweepers seem to happily sing and dance just for you. After such an incredible morning, you might want to grab breakfast at one of the city’s cafés and visit Tallinn Botanic Garden, well-known across Europe for its magnificent flora.

Tallinn’s rooftops
Tallinn’s rooftops | © Maurice / Flickr

Activities for thrillseekers

Estonia is the perfect place for people who love adrenaline-fuelled outdoor activities. Visitors can choose from various adventures including jumping off the arch of the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, zip-lining in Kiviõli, sailing through unique Estonian islands, and encountering majestic brown bears in the woods. Estonia during White Nights is the place to be for adrenaline junkies.

Sailing in Pirita
Sailing in Pirita | © Lauri Oherd / Flickr

Experience the great outdoors

Visitors to Estonia can enjoy some of the most breathtaking nature in the world. From paddle surfing in Kõrvemaa and hiking in magical Estonian marshes, through to night swimming in Pärnu and wandering around magnificent Saaremaa Island, everyone can find something to rejoice the soul. The increased hours of daylight during White Nights mean you can see and do a great deal in one day.

Estonian nature
Estonian nature | © Tanel Teemusk / Flickr

Try local cuisine

Don’t miss your chance to visit Jaanihanso Cider House, take Vihula Manor’s Vodka Distillery tour, or experience the country’s many fine restaurants. Tourists from all over the world leave Estonia with a divine taste in their mouths, as the cuisine here more than satisfies even the harshest of food critics.

Beer restaurant in Tartu
Beer restaurant in Tartu | © Bernt Rostad / Flickr