The spectacle of the 5th season in Estonia

Somewhere in between winter and spring, the 5th season occurs in Estonia. This annual phenomena, which occurs without a fail each year, is most visible when travelling out to the countryside. Villagers residing in close proximity to Estonian natural parks are well prepared for the annual floods and have found inventive ways to enjoy this unique season.

Roughly half of Estonia is still the playground to the wilderness, even in today's modernised world. There's no better time to explore Estonia's beautiful wetlands and forests than during the changing of seasons. The springtime is approaching at light speed, with the long-awaited arrival of migratory birds. If you'd like a 360-degree experience of Estonian wilderness, then your best bet is to head to the Soomaa National Park.

The water levels rise temporarily in the springtime as the rivers are unable to cope with the melting snow, causing a spectacular annual flood. Spring floods usually last for a couple of weeks and create new water paths to go fishing, canoeing and joyriding on the open water. The maximum change of water levels has been measured as 5.5 metres and the last extensive flooding occurred in spring 2011, but on average it's not more than a couple of metres per season.

Those looking to witness a local natural spectacle should head over to Tuhala to see the witches' well.  As the water levels rise in spring, this well is known to overflow at a speed of 100 litres per second. This creates an effect that is considered one of the most unique natural phenomenons in Europe.



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