So this is 2020 – the year that pretty much stopped life being the life that we know. It’s crazy that we are now all advised to stay at home or go out in nature to avoid getting close to other people.
Going out in nature has been something that we often do on the weekends with my boyfriend. Over the years we have visited many beautiful nature trails etc. but there are some that have won my heart over more than others. Since it’s now almost April and spring is slowly arriving I thought it’d be the perfect time to share some of my favorite places that we’ve been over the last few years. We usually always just drive to the place, do our walk and drive back but a nice picnic or a bbq would be so nice!
Pakri peninsula, Paldiski
Speaking of picnics I think this is the only place my boyfriend agreed to do this “boring” activity last summer, haha. And it’s easily my favorite spot because I can’t get enough! I love going there every season because the views are always different – all icy cliffsides in winter, huge waves and a lot of water in spring, stunning sunsets in summer and super calming scenery in fall. You can walk alongside the coastline and look down at the sea and crashing waves or you can take the stare down and admire this place from another angle. There is also a wind park nearby which offers beautiful views on its own. You could easily spend the whole day there if you are not afraid of the wind! I think the only time when it’s not so bad is summer because the wind is not so cold.
Things to know
- Distance from Tallinn: 53 km
- How to get there: 52 min by car or take the train to Paldiski and walk from the train station. The train ride takes 1 hour and walking distance is 5 km.
- Things to do: watch the sea, walk alongside the coastline, have a picnic, visit Pakri Tuletorn, visit the wind park, take stunning pics!
- Be aware: it’s always quite windy there and you have to be cautious when walking along the coastline because there are no protective railings!
– just look at those waves –
Jussi hiking trail
I think the first time we visited this trail was last year and it immediately became one of our faves! The trail distance is 7-8km but the landscape is so versatile which is really appreciated here in Estonia. Since we don’t have any big mountains, waterfalls or anything of that sort, it’s nice when there are different views on the way. I think my favorite one is the moorland because somehow it feels so calming.
Things to know
- Distance from Tallinn: 61 km
- How to get there: 54 min by car, sadly I think it’s the only way but why not rent a car for a nice day in nature?
- Things to do: complete the 7-8km hiking trail which goes in a circle so you don’t have to walk the same way twice, have a bbq (there’s a special place for that with tables, etc.), go on a swim in one of the lakes, go on a run and sprint up all the hills, have a picnic on the moorland or spend a night in a tent and watch the sunrise.
- Be aware: the trail is marked with quite small signs so always make sure you follow them. One time I got lost in the dark woods with my boyfriend and my best friends because we missed a sign. It was quite scary!
Majakivi – Pikanõmme hiking trail
Yes, it’s another hiking trail but there are some differences between the two. This hiking trail has multiple trails and you can make it very long if you wanted to. The main sights to see are this beautiful lookout tower and a huge rock from where the first picture on the left is taken. There’s a ladder to climb up the rock which is quite unique here in Estonia I think. On this trail, you can also see different sceneries and one of them is the bog. If you’re from Estonia then you probably already know this but bogs are a THING in here and they have become more and more popular in the last few years.
Things to know
- Distance from Tallinn: 62 km
- How to get there: 53 min by car or take the bus to Loksa from Balti Jaam and exit at Virve stop. It’s almost a 2-hour ride but if you plan on spending a day (or night) there then it’s totally okay.
- What to do: climb up the big rock, enjoy the view from the lookout tower, pick berries or mushrooms when they are in season, enjoy the unique almost walking-on-water trail in springtime.
- Be aware: if you just want to go to the lookout tower then you need to walk a few kilometers there. Since this trail is not in a circle you have to walk the same way back which is something I personally never really like haha.
What a magical place! We discovered it quite randomly last summer when we were driving around with my bf. The moment we got there I was stunned because this place was so so beautiful. The sandy beach and mysterious pier that we walked on were just perfect on a beautiful summer day. The pier trail was just so interesting and at one point we even had to take our shoes off and walk through the sea to get to the other side. So fun! I’m now dreaming about camping on the beach there because there were multiple people doing just that the last time we were there. This place also has a bonfire place for a nice summer bbq!
Things to know
- Distance from Tallinn: 80km
- How to get there: 1 hour 7 min by car or take the bus from Balti Jaam to Loksa and exit at Pärispea stop. The bus ride is 1 hour and 40 minutes long and then it’s another 16 min to walk from the bus stop to the destination.
- What to do: walk to the end of the pier – it’s not a short pier I would say haha, swim, have a bonfire night, bbq, climb on the big rocks and take pictures, pick wildflowers.
- Be aware: the only thing I would say is if you want to walk to the end of the pier then you have to get into the water a bit, so you might want to have easier shoes on.
There you have it! My top recommendation if you are looking for adventure places near Tallinn. Now I feel so inspired to and explore more myself because there are definitely many beautiful places that we haven’t seen yet. Let me know if you have your own favorite nature spot!
Talk soon and s t a y s a f e ! ❤️3