The northern Estonia is a land of contrasts. One can find glorious and mysterious history here, as well as the modernity of the 21st century, beautiful and virgin nature, as well as industrial landscapes as a remainder of the Soviet era. Northern Estonia has many interesting manors, offering various activities, castles with colourful history, where the history is made as close as possible to visitors, there are picturesque fishing villages with surprises around every corner. The surprise can be either a concert, theatre, festival or an art museum with probably the best collection of contemporary art of Estonia.
In northern Estonia there are also the landmarks of Tartu meridian arc from the unique measurement action of 1816-1855, initiated by Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve. The landmarks are in Lääne-Viru county, in Simuna and in Võivere. It is a chain of survey triangulations stretching from the Arctic Ocean to the Black Sea, through ten countries and over 2,820 km. Only 34 triangulation points are original. In 2005 the station points of the chain in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Russian Federation, Ukraine and Moldova were included into the World Heritage List of UNESCO.
Starting your trip from the medieval old town of Tallinn, you will find sharp contrast in Sillamäe, the uranium producing centre of USSR. The town has been closed for public for many decades. The town is a living museum of Stalinist-era architecture and planning of course we should not leave out Lahemaa National Park – the oldest in Estonia, where one can find culture, virgin nature and quiet beaches./sites/default/files/p-eestiturism_kultuur_veeb_eng.pdf