Estonia 30th July – 06th August 2018   

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ARCH Study Trip to Saaremaa island, Estonia      

30th July – 06th August 2018               

 Aims of the visit:

  • Share the knowledge of keeping the authentic traditions alive
  • Evaluating traditions: dialect, food, daily life, costumes, handicraft, fishing, involving children etc, passing the heritage to younger generation.

 Estimated time: 31.week 2018 (Jul, 30th – Aug, 06th, Mon-Mon)

Size of the group: max 8 persons

Day 1, Tallinn

Welcome to Estonia – intro to the counrty and theme

Arrival to Tallinn airport

Meet your guide – escort – diver at the airport.  Transfer to the hotel.

Depending on the arrival time: dinner and good sleep in the hotel or

Old City Walking Tour and welcome dinner in old town.

Day 2, Muhu island heritage, Kaali Meteorite Site.

Learn how a community has turned it’s  potential into practical bellbeing and –doing.

Breakfast in the hotel

Drive to Virtsu harbor (2 hours), ferry crossing o Muhu island 27 minutes

Colorful embroidery of Muhu – traditional heritage has found it’s new life. Community shop.

Local bakery – taste freshly made black  bread

Lunch in Muhu

Heritage trails of Muhu – visit the horse breeding farm and meet the owner, who has picked the stories and memories of his grandparents and turned it to a wonderful trail.


Kaali meteorite site.

Overnight in Vilsandi National Park or closeby.

Dinner in country restaurant.

Walk to the historical military harbor to enjoy sunset.

Day 3,  Saaremaa island

Vilsandi National Park, use of  natural heritage

We can use bikes for the 1st half of the day, if it suites to the group. If not, we take our bus.

Distances are  3-5km one way. Max distance for the day:  12-15km. Landscape is flat, wide asphalt road, forest and dust roads,  very few transport on main roads in comparision to Scotland, i.e. it is absolutely safe and it could be nice to move a bitJ


Visit the center of Vilsandi National Park – one of the oldest nature sanctuaries of Europe. See also website of Loona Manor

Mihkli Farm Museum the traditional coastal household


Lime and Tar Distilling Park

Visit Lümanda school, the oldest historical schoolhouse in Saaremaa  is  beautifully  renovated historical building. The 9 year school is nature biased (just next to Vilsandi NP) having their own  workbook for all children to be filled in during  their studies in their first school.

Dinner in Miku Forest Park,  with folk songs  and games performed by an Ammuker group holding and carrying authentic traditional lifestyle.

Day 4, Saaremaa

Sõrve peninsula, remote place with a lot to see and experience

How to create work out of „nothing“ ; sheep – from wool to dress;  sharing the heritage with children to keep this unique lifestyle alive.


Leedri village – village of the year 2015 of Estonia. Village tour and visit to Juniper Syrup Farm

Sõrve Wool Factory – sheep breeding and all different woolworks. The family is very creative and. They even use military metal of II world war still found in the forests! Workshop.

Anseküla village  – traditional singing and knitwork.

Lecture and practical work on keeping heritage alive and engaging children and younger generations.  The leader is really colorful personality and happy to share her experience.. They have launched an ABC book of local dialect and lifestyle in December 2017.


Dinner – cooking class.

Day 5, Saaremaa, Tagamoisa peninsula.

Men’s works , Maali Creative Farm, reuse of materials, sustainable lifestyle.

Fishing  heritage, traditional ways of fish processing  – smoked flat fish is a must in Saaremaa!

Woodwork workshop


Afternoon in the Creative Farm Maali – farm built up of 100% recycled materials.

Traditional sauna experience and dinner in the farm combined with nature hike (2-3kms) or drive.

Sauna experience includes workshop of twigs and scrubs.

Dinner in Maali farm

Day  6, from Saaremaa to Tallinn

Tallinn old and new

Breaksfast, drive to ferry

Enroute to Tallinn Lihula Flower Embroidery Festival (workshop)


Visit Tallinn  TV tower exhibition: „ No Bananas Today. Time Travel to Soviet Daily Life“ or

Museum of Occupations

Free time in Old Town OR  visit of Creative City of Telliskivi just next to the Old Town

Farewell dinner

Day 7, departure day

Breakfast, transfer to the airport.

Free time depending on departure time.

See you soon again!

End of the programme.

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