Nature

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For nature lovers, the Baltics are the paradise!

Where else in Europe is it possible to walk tens of kilometres along sandy beach without meeting a single soul? Or ride your bicycle on quiet roads through forests for hours without seeing a car? In the Baltics, there are hundreds of plant, animal and bird species that are extinct or rare in other European countries.

Geographically, the three Baltic States have much in common. Forests and lakes cover a vast amount of the countryside; there are 2,800 lakes in Lithuania alone. The Estonia's surface is 50% forest, 5% lake, and there are 1500 islands to explore. In Latvia, Gauja National Park shelters lush vegetation, lynx, wolves, and Europe's largest beaver population. Be sure to visit Gutmanis Cave, the largest in the Baltic States. In the north of Estonia, Lahemaa National Park offers gorgeous forests, cliffs, lakes, waterfalls, and rivers.

The Amber Coast

Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are particularly known for their splendid Baltic Sea coastline. The extraordinary Curonian Spit in Lithuania, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, amazes visitors with its dark pine forests, sandwiched between a 50 km beach along one side and a lagoon on the other, dotted with picturesque fishing villages.

The Estonian archipelago has its gems: Saaremaa is mentioned in the Scandinavian sagas, its neighbour Hiiumaa, formed by a meteor, Kihnu, a small island cited by UNESCO for its marriage ceremony, and serene and secluded Muhu, it has become a favourite get-away destination.

The climate in the Baltics

Our climate is midway between maritime and continental - wet moderate winters and summers. Average temperature in July is +19°C, in January -4.9°C. However, temperatures can soar up to +33°C in summer, and drop down to -32°C in winter. Summers here are pleasantly mild, whereas not every winter offers abundance of snow. And one more advantage - we still have a distinction of seasons: warm, sometimes even hot summer, colourful autumn, white winter and beautiful spring when the whole nature recovers from the winter freeze.



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