• Patkuli viewpoint, Tallinn, Estonia


Consider taking a cultural detour on your Nordic vacation to nearby Estonia, the most accessible part of the former USSR. Though its capital, Tallinn, is an easy boat ride from Helsinki and Stockholm, the nation is quite different from the Scandinavian countries. Tallinn boasts an evocative Old Town, as well as great restaurants, affordable shopping, and atmosphere in spades. Like its fellow Baltic countries, Estonia has an endearing pride in its uniqueness, and feels inspired by the prospects of an ever-brighter future.