Estonian Rambling Fest

With hearts full of memories, the Estonian Rambling Fest on E9 has reached its conclusion. Our journey has been a tapestry woven with experiences that span from the serene landscapes of Toila to the hidden gems of Sillamäe. Together, we’ve left footprints on trails, shared the warmth of bonfires, and discovered the beauty of Narva and its proximity to Russia.

Oru Park
Oru Park

Our adventure commenced amidst the tranquility of Toila, where the Ora Park unfolded its charm.

Sillamäe town nowadays

From there, we embarked on a captivating journey to Sillamäe, a town steeped in history and nestled along the Gulf of Finland’s coastline. Sillamäe’s industrial legacy, coupled with its picturesque shores, created a unique blend of past and present. We marveled at the town’s evolution, as efforts to revitalize its identity shifted towards embracing its natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Our journey wasn’t confined to townscapes alone. We ventured along the Selisoo hiking trail, a 4 km path in Alutaguse National Park, immersing ourselves in diverse marshes, lush vegetation, and captivating wetlands. The trail not only unveiled the area’s ecosystem but also allowed us to witness its rich flora and experience its serene beauty.

As we walked, we carried the spirit of unity and exploration with us onto the coastal trail, a journey that highlighted the beauty of North-East Estonia’s shores. The trails we traversed were more than just paths; they were conduits that connected us to the land, to each other, and to the essence of rambling.

Our nights were illuminated not only by the beauty of the surroundings but also by the warmth of the bonfire in Toila. Gathering around the crackling flames, with a national band providing the soundtrack, we embraced the Night of Ancient Bonfires, a tradition that linked us to our heritage and to neighboring countries surrounding the Baltic Sea.

Narva river: the border between Esonia and Russia. Russia is at the other side of the river.

Our journey reached its culmination in Narva, a place that stands close to Russia’s border. In its beauty, we glimpsed the diversity that makes this region so rich and unique.

I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Estonian Rambling Association for crafting this incredible experience. Their dedication and hard work have allowed us to connect, explore, and create memories that will stay with us forever.

As we depart from the Estonian Rambling Fest on E9, let’s carry the stories, the friendships, and the inspiration with us. Let’s keep exploring, keep connecting, and keep the spirit of unity alive.

Warm regards,

Steen Kobberø-Hansen
Representative of the European Ramblers Association