Baltic Summer

As we are already in the month of August, you might hear locals starting to complain, that summer is basically over. In a way that is true, as this 3-month period is short and passes by faster than one would desire. We tend to have 2 main landmarks a year: Midsummer and Christmas celebrations. Every year when Midsummer has passed, we kind of start talking of Christmas and vice versa.

Due to the weather conditions, sometimes even described as “bad ski weather throughout the year”, you will notice, that locals tend to take their holidays mostly during summer, hoping for a chance to enjoy the warmth and sunshine. That also means that the speed of business activities is getting slightly lower at the offices as there is constantly someone at holiday somewhere, so the whole working rhythm gets affected a little. I guess in a way we do have a little Mediterranean spirit in us, as somehow we manage to be more relaxed and at ease during summer time. It might be of course the magical power of the sun and warmth that finally cuts through our bones or just the fact that we feel we must enjoy every possible minute as the rest of the 9 months of the year are rather dark and cold. So we go out for long lunches in the open air cafes, sometimes even substituting that by going to the beach for an hour or just sitting in the park bench and trying to catch that little sun to give us at least some kind of tan compared to the white, sometimes even bluish, complexion we have during the rest of the year.

So how do we spend our summers? Quite a lot of locals tend to go away to their summer houses either for the weekends or entire duration of the vacation. It is very easy to notice that in the capital cities, as you will see streets mostly packed with tourists. Seaside is also popular and of course entertaining ourselves with quite a wide range of open-air events from music festivals, open-air theatre plays to rooftop cinemas, surf camps and travelling around the country and enjoying sleeping in tents at secluded beach areas or deep in the woods. Naturally visiting friends and relatives and enjoying loads of grilled food accompanied with cold beer or cider. And of course swimming in our numerous lakes, rivers and of course in the Baltic Sea. It can be quite difficult to imagine that someone would want to swim in the Baltic Sea, as it is looking rather brown in terms of color of the water and does not really go that warm. On a good year you might get water degrees close to +25 degrees in some of the bay areas, but mostly it stays in the range of +19-22 degrees something. Still, every time when you would speak with a local person at the end of the summer, the swimming issue will definitely come up and one might say that summer has not really been a proper summer unless they dipped themselves into the refreshing Baltic Sea at least couple of times.

Now, how to make the most of your summer, so that you would be able to see and do as much as you want? I guess first suggestion is not to pay too much attention to the weather. You will notice though that we tend to complain quite a lot about the weather and that both ways - when we think it is too cold and rainy for the summer or when it is more than +28 degrees we find it to be too hot – so figure us out! Anyhow, don´t change your plans even if it promises bad weather like colder temperatures, in summer that is considered below +18 degrees, or rain. It is quite rare here that we would have continuous rain for days. It might be cloudy and humid, but rain usually comes in heavier showers and finishes after a while.  Second suggestion - clothing! When you plan on being outdoors for the weekend, going for an open-air festival or just hiking around in the countryside  - take various clothes with you to help to cope with the changing weather. It can be +16 one day and +30 the other, so just be prepared and you will enjoy your activities much more! Of course keeping an eye on the weather forecast is always of help but you might see that it is not always correct and that our weather here can be totally different in the 50km radius. And third suggestion perhaps is to be partially planned and partially creative in your activities. What I mean with partially planned or prepared, is having basic information before you go. It is not perhaps necessary when you take part of some open-air events, but when you plan to go exploring the countryside, it might be relevant. You may find in more secluded country side areas or on the smaller islands for example that there are only few accommodation and meal places and you may want to be prepared by booking your bed in advance or brining necessary camping equipment and small food supplies with you.

Some suggestions for the sites to help you get the necessary information would be:

Visit Estonia www.visitestonia.com

Visit Estonia´s travel planner http://www.visitestonia.com/en/travel-planner

Visit Latvia www.visitlatvia.lv

Visit Lithuania www.travel.lt

There are still also plenty of festivals and events taking place also in August, like the Viru Folk Festival in Käsmu and Augustibluus Blusefest in Haapsalu, Estonia and many more across Baltics, so happy enjoying of the continuous Baltic summer!

 

 

Perioodil 19.märts 2012 kuni 31.mai 2012 viidi Euroopa Sotsiaalfondi kaasrahastamisel läbi disaininõustamise projekt "BRS korporatiivse identiteedi arendamine" OÜs Baltic Relocation Services. Projekt sai tuge EASi Teadmiste ja oskuste arendamise toetamise meetmest.