". .:::I D A - V I R U M A A:.::. ." Ida-Virumaa by sihi

Ida-Virumaa Travel Guide: 125 reviews and 186 photos

Ida-Virumaa(Eastern Viru) county is situated in the north-eastern part
of Estonia, stretching from the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland
to the northern shore of Lake Peipsi.
The first human settlements of Ida-Virumaa date from the Neolithic
period. The ancient name of the region- Alutaguse- was first mentioned in 1241. Because of strategic position Ida-Virumaa has, through ages, been the battlefield of great wars.

Ida-Virumaa has many nice examples of old architecture. They are Purtse castle/stronghold, founded in 1553,
Johvi church/stronghold-13rd century, fortress of Hermann in Narva, Narva townhall and churches etc.
For decades travelers have been enchanted by the picturesque ensemble of both Puhtitsa Orthodox monastery in Kuremae.

The most remarkable landscape forms are the North-Estonian limestone shore, Vaivara Sinimaed(Vaivara Blue mountains) and Kuremagi(Stork Hill). Saka-Ontika-Toila limestone shore, Muraka marsh, the northern coast of
Lake Peipsi, karst landscape of Uhaku, Kurtna lakeland and Toila-Oru park are sights that will delight a nature-lover.

Ida-Virumaa has 7 towns:
Johvi-the capital of county, Narva, Kohtla-Jarve - capital of Estonian industry, Sillamae, Kivioli, Narva-Joesuu, Pussi.

In year 2010 Ida-Virumaa was 2nd the most visited regions in Estonia after Tallinn!!!

If you have any questions about Ida-Viru please e-mail me!

  • Intro Updated Feb 18, 2011
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2016 at 2:50 AM

    Interesting overview about your region.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2015 at 1:33 AM

    Thanks for the tour! Love the wood stacks!

  • bijo69's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2007 at 6:37 AM

    Got your postcard today! Thanks a lot! Ida-Virumaa is a beautiful area!

  • nixca316's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2007 at 12:24 AM

    Yes, I've never heard of this place before...glad to know about it! (the tips are great, btw) Advance happy birthday! =)

  • Ekaterinburg's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2006 at 2:45 PM

    Sometimes it's nice to read a page about someplace you've never heard of. Reading this page has been a discovery and exploration for me. I enjoyed it very much.

  • King_Golo's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2006 at 12:41 AM

    looking forward to more content on these pages!

  • Art68's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2006 at 8:32 PM

    Tubli! see on vaga hea leht! Koik sinu piltid on ilus! Ma elasin (?) Tallinnas minu nainega ja ma vatsin parnu, narva ja kuressare aga praegu ma tahan minne koik ida virumasse(?). Excuse my bad estonian language, maybe i must start taking some classes :-)

  • ZiOOlek's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2006 at 1:58 PM

    Welcome again.:) I must visit the place one day! And what about you? Do you plan visitng Poland soon?:) Pozdrawiam!

  • Oct 13, 2005 at 10:13 AM

    Cool page - includes very nice tips and great photos !!!Yeah these waterfalls can be seen in summer...but what about winter ?:D

  • jamiesno's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2004 at 6:22 AM

    Your pictures are beautiful again here in this part of Estonia. I am looking at those ferry site now :-) How far is Ida-Virumaa from Tallin?


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