Estonia

A friend of mine recommended me Estonia for its hiking trails. I thought it would be nice to spend my 33rd birthday in a tent pitched in the forest.

I notice three things as I arrive in Tallinn:

  • chimney towers;
  • snow is prevalent;
  • the light is sublime.
March 16th 2016
Tallinn Harju County

People are proud of their country. They fought hard to remove signs and symbols of the communist occupancy.

Even the snow is proud of Estonia.

March 16th 2016
Tallinn Harju County

Playgrounds are everywhere.

March 16th 2016
Tallinn Harju County

Small isles of shops are also everywhere.

March 17th 2016
Tallinn Harju County

Chimneys are the new skyscrapers.

March 18th 2016
Tallinn Harju County
March 18th 2016
Luna Luna Kadrioru Tallinn Harju County

A cemetery in a forest. Accompanied with snow blasts and burts of sunlight.

March 18th 2016
Metsakalmistu Tallinn Harju County

First day out of town. I had to read an information panel to learn I am walking on sand dunes. The cold temperature make them hard as stone.

March 19th 2016
Lahemaa National Park Harju County

A few minutes after the snow stops falling, a sunny spell highlights this small hamlet.

March 19th 2016
Virve Harju County

The hail shower quickly moves away to reveal this former soviet submarine base.

March 19th 2016
Hara Harju County

The day I observed swans bathing in ponds formed by frozen sea water.

I still have 5 kilometres to go to catch a bus before dusk takes over.

March 19th 2016
Hara Harju County

I missed the bus because I misread the timetable. I have to wait 40 minutes more before the next one.

These blokes drank beer this entire time, thirsty as if they were coming back from a desert of some sort.

The bus driver will drop me in the forest by night. I forgot my gloves on the bus and still have to pitch my tent in the dark.

March 19th 2016
Loksa Harju County

It is so cold it took me 30 minutes to fold my tent.

People don't camp by these temperatures, nor their hike on long distances either.

March 20th 2016
Lahemaa National Park Harju County

Everything is white and cold. My brain stops thinking at some point.

Or it keeps banging around the same ideas over and over.

March 20th 2016
Lahemaa National Park Harju County

It is nearly noon and I have already walked 19 kilometres in the snow.

The city looks empty, and I can only hear echoes of cars gliding on the tarmac.

March 21st 2016
Aegviidu Harju County

Temperatures are gowing to dive below -8°C tonight so I decide to stop the outdoor adventure and go to Tartu instead.

The next train is in 30 minutes, then in 4 hours. Sadly for me, I was waiting on the wrong platform: 30 seconds to board is not enough! I will have to go back to Tallinn to then be able to go to Tartu.

PS: I love the logo of their railway company!

March 21st 2016
Aegviidu Harju County

I love the wooden architecture of Estonian houses. Or maybe it is about the combination of decay and soft colours.

March 22nd 2016
Tartu Tartu County

Outdoor playgrounds are fun only with vivid and bright colours!

March 22nd 2016
Tartu Tartu County

Today I do not want to walk but I can't stop enjoying the various gems of architecture, and colours, and the light…

March 22nd 2016
University of Tartu Museum Tartu Tartu County

As if a picture was worth a thousand words.

March 22nd 2016
Tartu Tartu County

The only covered market I found during my trip. Supermarkets largely took over.

March 23rd 2016
Tartu Turg Tartu Tartu County

Three kilometres to go before arriving to my shelter: a small house by the lake with a fireplace. I will treat myself with noodles.

March 23rd 2016
Valma Viljandi County

I do not know if they purposely chose the same paint colour as the sky.

March 23rd 2016
Valma Viljandi County

The only source of sound are the crows, nesting nearby.

Well, almost: the thick layer of ice covering the 270km2 lake profoundly squeaks as it plows under its own weight.

Like a whale in deep sea.

March 23rd 2016
Valma Viljandi County

Happy 33rd birthday Tom!

Thank you my lovely 😊

March 24th 2016
Valma Viljandi County

This moment made me think of the Clifton suspension bridge in Bristol.

I wish you were there.

March 24th 2016
Viljandi Viljandi County

Walls are a democratic way of expression if you think about it.

Colours, again and again.

March 24th 2016
Viljandi Viljandi County

The last ray of lights of my last day in Estonia.

And Benoit just sent me an email.

March 24th 2016
Viljandi Viljandi County