Location / Language of Estonia
Estonia is a country in Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by the Gulf of Finland with Finland on the other side, to the west by the Baltic Sea with Sweden on the other side, to the south by Latvia, and to the east by Lake Peipus and Russia. The territory of Estonia consists of a mainland and 2,222 islands in the Baltic Sea, covering a total area of 45,227 sq km, inclusive of water 2,839 sq km and is influenced by a humid continental climate. Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia which has a population of around 4.6 lac persons.
The official language of the country, Estonian, is the second most spoken Finnic language.
Visa Requirements / Currency (please note these procedures / exchange rates can changed from time to time…please get an update from the embassy prior to travel)
As India is not part of the Schengen Area, if one is an Indian passport holder you will need to apply for the appropriate type of Schengen Estonian Visa for travelling to the country. To be eligible for a Schengen Visa for Estonia, one will mainly need their current passport, along with certain documents, to be submitted with the Visa application form.
Currency : Euro (EUR)
Conversion: Rs.1 INR = 0.013 EUR
1 EUR = Rs. 78.04 INR
Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Estonia
- Tallinn Zoo is a large zoo in Tallinn, Estonia that was founded in 1939. It is the only zoo in Estonia housing around 550 different species of birds and animals and is the most visited zoo in the Baltic states.
- Toompea - It is a limestone hill, an oblong tableland, which measures about 400 by 250 metres, has an area of 7 hectares and is about 20–30 metres higher than the surrounding areas. In folklore the hill is known as the tumulus mound over the grave of Kalev, erected in his memory by his grieving wife.
- Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tallinn – It is the grandest orthodox cupola cathedral which was built by Mikhail Preobrazhensky in a Revival style between 1894 and 1900. It is dedicated to Saint Alexander Nevsky who in 1242 won the Battle of the Ice on Lake Peipus, in the territorial waters of present-day Estonia.
- Suur Munamägi - It is the highest peak in Estonia, reaching 318 metres above sea level. It is located near the village of Haanja, in Võru County, close to the borders of both Latvia and Russia. The landscape around the peak - the Haanja Upland - is gently hilly.
- Parnu – This city comes with pearly-white sand is backed by the all-new and indelibly lively Beach Promenade, with beautiful clear fountains and al fresco restaurants and the remnants of an Art Deco boom in the 20s add a real dash of class to the resort, spas rise unexpectedly on the street corners.
- Kuressaare Castle – Easily the best preserved fortresses in Estonia, the castle has a history museum which tells stories of the distant past and recent history of Saaremaa and the locals through permanent exhibitions and travelling exhibitions. There are also activities for both children and adults – from treasure hunts to archery.
- Kumu Art Museum – Located in Tallinn, the museum is the one of the largest art museums in Northern Europe and presents both permanent collections of Estonian art from the 18th century onwards, including works from the occupations period and showing both Socialist Realism and Nonconformist art.
- Estonian Open Air Museum - It is a life-sized reconstruction of an 18th-century rural/fishing village, which comes complete with church, inn, schoolhouse, several mills, 68 farmhouses, a fire station, twelve farmyards and net sheds spanning 79 hectares of land and contains 72 separate buildings.
- Valaste Waterfall – This is the highest waterfall in Estonia situated between Ontika and Valaste in the Kohtla Parish of the Ida-Viru County and formed by a stream as it flows over the Baltic Klint, with it’s popular attraction being its spray freezing up spectacularly in winter.
- Vilsandi National Park - This national park in Saare County, grew from a bird reserve founded in 1910 and is home to many migratory birds, like barnacle geese and Steller's Eider, and as a breeding and nesting ground for over 247 species of birds, of which the most common is the eider duck.
Things You Must Do in Estonia
- Tour Tallinn on an Open-Top Bus - With your ticket you can enjoy the multi-lingual audio commentary on board while you hop on and off the bus as often as you like on a route specifically designed to show the main sights and attractions of the Tallinn city.
- Take the Ferry Ride to Helsinki - An easy day trip by ferry for those keen to experience its medieval charms, one can cruise across the Gulf. Also delve into Tallinn’s UNESCO-listed Old Town and enjoy the museums, shops, and restaurants.
- Spend a Day at The Tallinn TV Tower – At 314 meters in height, it is the tallest building in Estonia and is a renowned touristic, cultural and leisure centre. Head up to the viewing platform and brasserie-restaurant at the 170-meter level where one can enjoy an interactive exhibition detailing the greatest achievements the ages.
- The Industrial Stalker Bike Tour in Kalamaja District- Known as a hipster district, Kalamaja offers stylish examples of beards, bicycles and sundresses tucked between handsome wooden houses and courtyard cafés. Also check out massive Soviet factories left abandoned and urban structures reclaimed by nature, as one roams in the silence of industrial cathedrals, old ships and even a nice derelict prison.
- Naissaar Island Lighthouse and Underground Tunnel Tour – Enjoy a 1-hour, scenic boat voyage and the great views of Katherina Keys, Bald Island and, Midshallows Lighthouse. Visit the towering lighthouse and then have a trek through the wild forest trails, while checking out the underground tunnels.
Food on the Plate
Traditional Estonian cuisine has substantially been based on meat and potatoes, and on fish in coastal and lakeside areas, but now bares influence from many other cuisines like Scandinavian, German, Russian, Latvian, Lithuanian. The most typical foods in Estonia have been rye bread, meat, potatoes and dairy products.
One must sample the following popular and tasty Estonian dishes:
- Kvass – It is a traditional fermented beverage made from rye bread. It is hard to describe the taste, but it’s somewhere between beer and soda. Kvass is considered non-alcoholic, but it might still have up to about 1% alcohol after the fermentation process.
- Rye bread is as popular in Estonia and people from the Baltic countries have a fondness for homemade bread, and they cannot imagine their cuisine without it. There are many different types of rye bread.
- Kiluvõileib - Also known as a sprat fish sandwich. The recipe is simple—dark bread, sprat fish, boiled egg and some sauce.
- Mulgipuder is made from potatoes and groat. It is very simple to prepare—mix mashed potatoes with groat, add some butter and pour on a delicious sauce that usually contains bacon.
- Kama – It is one of the most iconic Estonian foods and is a mixture of roasted barley, rye, oat and pea flour, and it is used as an ingredient to make delicious Estonian desserts. Locals also mix kama with buttermilk or kefir and eat it for breakfast.
Overseas Travel Medical Insurance Estonia
Since Estonia is a country which is part of the Schengen countries in Europe, an Indian tourist needs to purchase a travel medical insurance for Estonia.
Travel insurance is relatively cheaper when compared to destinations in Americas, and most insurance companies offer a specific Schengen Insurance Plan. One must ensure that the minimum Accident & Sickness (A&S) sum insured for a Schengen plan must be €30,000 (around $50,000), and a visa to visit any Schengen country will not be provided without this minimum coverage.
The insured must purchase an “Excluding Americas” Plan, if they are travelling to other destinations that don’t include only Schengen countries.
Illustration for 15 days Indian overseas mediclaim insurance for Estonia.
|Sum Insured($USD or €Euro) / Premium in Rs. INR
||Insured Age 33
||Insured Age 63
|Schengen - €30,000
|Schengen - €50,000
|Excluding - $50,000
You can also choose "Excluding Plans" with Sum Insureds as high as $500,000 as well. These premiums are across different plans and different benefits.. please log in to www.eindiainsurance.com
to compare and buy the most appropriate travel insurance for Indians to Estonia.