Optional programme

Optional programme - Friday night and Saturday

 

For those who don't have to leave immediately after we finish with the official programme on Friday afternoon, we would like to offer an additional opportunity to explore Estonian traditions and above all, our nature. Most of the additional programme will be for a small extra fee which you can select and pay for already during the registration. 

 

Friday afternoon

 

14.00 - 16.00 - City tour - for free

 

17.00 - 22.00 - Sauna night - 25 EUR

 

We will go to a traditional smoke sauna and there will also be a barrell sauna (like a hot tub). Estonian smoke sauna tradition is on the UNESCO world heritage list, so it's definitely worth trying. The sauna is a building or room heated by a stove covered with stones and with an elevated platform for sitting or lying. It has no chimney, and the smoke from burning wood circulates in the room. 

 

Included in the price: transportation from Tartu to the sauna and back (it's just outside Tartu), sauna and snacks. 

 

What to bring: swimsuit, towel (note that the smoke sauna might make your towel dirty) and drinks. 

 

We also really recommend watching the documentary Smoke Sauna Sisterhood. It is an Estonian documentary where women get together to go to sauna and share very intimate and powerful stories about their lives. It won the best documentary feature award at the European Film Awards in 2023. 

 

 

Saturday

10.00 - 17.00 - trip to Estonian wetlands - 30 EUR

 

Hike and lunch and finish the trip in Tallinn from where everyone can travel home. The bus will also come back to Tartu after dropping people off in Tallinn, so if you prefer that, you can also come back to Tartu. 

 

We will visit the Endla nature reserve and bog. The hike will be about 8 km and will take around 2 hours. 

 

Included in the price: transportation from Tartu - Endla nature reserve - Tallinn (and who wants, can also come back to Tartu) and lunch

 

What to bring: comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothes (layers are the key, something rainproof just in case), snacks, swimsuit if you'd like to go for a swim.