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
Mihkli Farm Museum the traditional coastal household
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.
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.
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!
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
Free time in Old Town OR visit of Creative City of Telliskivi just next to the Old Town
Day 7, departure day
Breakfast, transfer to the airport.
Free time depending on departure time.
See you soon again!
End of the programme.