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Travel Geeks online: beers, bears & beyond in Estonia – 12 October 2021

Join us on 12 October for our next virtual Travel Geeks, covering the history, culture and wildlife of Estonia.

Published 17 Aug 2021, 08:48 BST
Whether it’s journeying across islands, exploring bogs and forests or indulging in its luxury retreats, we’ll be diving into ...

Whether it’s journeying across islands, exploring bogs and forests or indulging in its luxury retreats, we’ll be diving into the best of Estonia at our next Travel Geeks event.

Photograph by National Geographic Traveller

You might know the culture-filled capital of Tallinn, with its wonderfully preserved medieval architecture, but there’s plenty more to discover in the Baltic nation.

This Travel Geeks event will feature a panel of travel writers and experts to inspire your Estonian itinerary. Whether it’s visiting some of the country's 2,000-plus islands, bog-walking through an Ice Age landscape, spotting bears in the forests or experiencing its luxury side, we’ll be discussing new places to discover, hidden corners and old favourites.

Moderated by a member of the National Geographic Traveller team, Travel Geeks is just an hour long and offers you the chance to hear from a group of experts, ask questions and join in the chat. Register now to join us from 19.00 to 20.00 on Tuesday 12 October.

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Heres a taste of what’ll be discussed during the course of the event...


With the cultivation and brewing of beer in Estonia dating back thousands of years, there’s a strong tradition of beer-making, but there’s also a thriving and exciting new craft beer scene. Experimenting with local flavours like juniper, moss, birch and rye, Estonian brews offer up surprises even for well-travelled beer-lovers. We’ll also be looking at the culinary experiences on offer throughout the country, whether it’s discovering the traces of Nordic cuisine in high-end restaurants or foraging for the seasonal, local ingredients to be found in Estonian dishes.

Nature and wildlife

With three-quarters of Estonia covered by forests and bogs, and its air ranked as among the cleanest in the world by the WHO, this is a place to escape into nature. We’ll look at how to get out and about in the ancient, tranquil landscapes, whether it’s heading out on hiking trails through bogs, canoeing through flooded wetlands, watching migrating birds travelling between the Arctic and Western Europe or exploring the wild and beautiful coast. Estonia is home to around 700 brown bears, as well as grey wolves, Eurasian lynx, red deer, moose, elk, wild boar and much more. 

History and culture

Estonia’s 250 museums offer up the chance to learn about everything from KGB history to modern art, science and traditional village culture. There are architectural treasures throughout the country, from medieval ruins to lighthouses, manors and castles. Our panel will discuss the best spots for discovering Estonian heritage and how to find the very best cultural experiences.

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Sponsored by Visit Estonia, this event is part of a project funded by the EU European Regional Development Fund.

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