This Northern European country, the Baltic country of Estonia borders the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland and encompasses more than 1,500 islands in its diverse terrain. Previously part of the Soviet Union, the rich cultural heritage of the country is apparent in tis many castles, churches and hilltop fortresses. Natural parks with windswept beaches, and hushed pine forests aside sparkling lakes, make for lovely - and flat! - cycling on undiscovered back roads. And if you are seeking snow activities, there's cross-country skiing galore through snow laden forests.