7 best wilderness areas in Estonia

wilderness experience in estonia

These are the 7 of best wilderness areas in Estonia for mammal or  bird watching and just spending time in Estonian nature. You can take part in tours or explore these on your own with self-guided tours. Wilderness experience in Estonia awaits you!

1.  Haapsalu, Nõva, northern part of Matsalu National Park- NW Estonia.
Essential for watching the migration of Arctic waterfowl, good for many forest birds. Reccommended stay-  2 (3) days

2. Southern part of Matsalu National Park – W Estonia. 
Matsalu NP is the most famous birding site in Estonia. Hundreds of thousands of waterbirds use this area on passage.

3. Forests, coastal meadows and ponds in Häädemeeste- SW Estonia.
Good for migrating and breeding sea- and shorebirds, very good for many forest birds.

4. Tartu area wetlands and Alam-Pedja nature reserve – SE Estonia.
Good for many forest birds (woodpeckers, owls, Lesser Spotted Eagles) essential for Great Snipe and Citrine Wagtail. – 2 (3) days

5. Saaremaa island from W of Estonia’s mainland.
 Picturesque big island with many natural habitats – good for migrating and breeding sea- and shorebirds. Essential for Steller’s Eider.

6. Alutaguse forest area- NE Estonia.
Very good area for grouses- Hazel Hen, Capercaillie and Black Grouse also Brown Bear watching from hide.

 7. Lahemaa National Park- N Estonia
Oldest national park in Estonia. It is good area to spot forest birds like owls and woodpeckers with watching coastal migration. The number of birds passing by during the migration is not that impressive as in Matsalu. But it is good location for compact visit as it is located near Tallinn. 1 – 2 days

 

1. Haapsalu, Nõva, northern part of Matsalu National Park- NW Estonia.

recommended stay 3 days.
Highlights:

  • Elk;
  • Baltic Dunlin;
  • Broad-billed Sandpiper, Sanderling and other migrating waders;
  • Massive migration of arctic waterfowl;
  • Slavonian Grebe;
  • Golden Eagle;
  • Ural, Tengmalm’s and Pygmy Owl;
  • Capercaillie, Black and Hazel Grouse;
  • White-backed, Three-toed, Black, Gray-headed and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Wryneck;
  • Nutcracker;
  • Trush Nightingale, Icterine Warbler, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Savi’s Warbler, River Warbler, Grasshoper Warbler;
  • A big number of rare vagrants seen every year.


2. Southern part of Matsalu National Park – W Estonia.

recommended stay 1,5 days

  • Elk;
  • Baltic Dunlin;
  • Massive migration of arctic waterfowl;
  • Black and Hazel Grouse;
  • White-backed, Black, Gray-headed and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Wryneck;
  • Nutcracker;
  • Trush Nightingale, Icterine Warbler, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Savi’s Warbler, River Warbler, Grasshoper Warbler;


3. Forests, coastal meadows and ponds in Häädemeeste- SW Estonia.

  • Migration of waterfowl and passerines Slavonian Grebe;
  • Many species of forest birds: Golden Eagle;
  • Ural, Tengmalm’s and Pygmy Owl;
  • Capercaillie, Black and Hazel Grouse;
  • White-backed, Three-toed, Black, Gray-headed and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Wryneck;
  • Nutcracker;
  • Citrine Wagtail, Trush Nightingale, Icterine Warbler, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Savi’s Warbler, River Warbler, Grasshoper Warbler


4. Tartu area wetlands and Alam-Pedja nature reserve – SE Estonia.

recommended stay 2 (3) days

  • Great Snipe;
  • Slavonian Grebe Marsh Sandpiper Lesser (and Great) Spotted Eagle;
  • Ural and Pygmy Owl;
  • White-backed, Three-toed, Black, Gray-headed, Middle and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Wryneck;
  • Icterine Warbler, Trush Nightingale, Nutcracker, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Grasshopers and River Warbler, Greenish Warbler;
  • Citrine Wagtail.


5. Saaremaa island from W of Estonia’s mainland.

  • Steller’s Eider (December to mid-April) Baltic Dunlin and lots of migrating waders;
  • Massive migration of arctic waterfowl;
  • Slavonian Grebe;
  • Tengmalm’s and Pygmy Owl;
  • Black Grouse;
  • Black, Gray-headed and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Wryneck;
  • Nutcracker;
  • Collared Flycatcher, Trush Nightingale, Icterine Warbler, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Savi’s Warbler, River Warbler, Grasshoper Warbler;
  • A big number of rare vagrants seen every year.


6. Alutaguse forest area- NE Estonia

  • Capercaillie,Black and Hazel Grouse;
  • Ural Owl,Pygmy Owl;
  • Nutcracker;
  • White-backed, Three-toed, Black, Gray-headed Woodpecker and Wryneck;
  • Woodcock;
  • Nightjar;
  • Brown Bear;
  • Elk;
  • Flying Squirrel


7. Lahemaa National Park- N Estonia

 

 

If you are exploring Estonia on your own or on self-guided tour you can choose some extra experiences:

 

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