NaTourEst is a travel company specialized in nature tours in the Baltic States. Our goal is to offer our clients unforgettable and unique experiences. We lead bear, bird and mammal watching tours, also botanical and other nature tours. As nature is our working field, we also try to give back and contribute to nature conservationRead more about our conservation efforts. We have been on the field with several different media editions.

NaTourEst was established in 2008 in Estonia. In our team, we have experienced naturalists and young enthusiastic nature guides. NaTourEst organizes many types of tours- from short, a couple of hour trips to two-week-long tours.

2008 kevadel kogunesid mõned experienced naturalists and young enthusiastic nature guides et viia ellu oma unistus

We cooperate with some well known European nature tour companies. For example:

Germany – BirdingtoursNationalparktoursNationalpark Service and Travel to Nature

The UK – Honeyguide; Wildlife Travel and Kudu Travel

The Netherlands – Blue Elephant and Birdingbreaks

Switzerland – Liberty Bird

Denmark – Scanbird

Natourest offers nature tours:

  • in English
  • in German
  • in French
  • in Russian
  • in Finnish
  • in Estonian

History

  • 2009 –  NaTourEst built the first and the only working Brown Bear hide in the Baltic States;
  • 2010 algab koostöö Saksa linnureise korraldava ettevõttega Birdingtours ja mai kuus toimub meie esimene pikem linnureis grupile.
  • 2010 mais külastab meie karuonni BBC Wildlife ajakirjanik ben Hoare ja näeb esimest korda oma elus karu.
  • 2011 –  we started developing self-guided nature tours with a smart device;
  • 2011 hakkab esimest korda Alutaguse karuonni juurest live pilti internetti kuvama Alutaguse metsakaamera, kust saab varje juures tegutsevaid loomi jälgida. Stream kuvatakse populaarsel live looduskaamerate saidil looduskalender.ee ja seda jäligvad kümned tuhanded inimesed üle maailma.
  • 2013 Külastame esimest korda oma Tiimiga Birdfairi
  • 2013-2014 teeb produktsioonifirma Coraxfilm Baltimaade loodusest suurejoonelise kaheosalise loodusfilmi, mida näidatakse telekanalitest ARTE, ARD, NDR, ZDF ja teistes. Eesti osa filmimisel on filmitiimi partner Natourest, aitame filmida viigerhülgeid, karusid, räusktiire, pankrannikut, Sooma üleujutust ja muid stseene.
  • 2017 –  we bought land in Alutagus region and built 2 new Brown Bear and Wildlife Watching hides.
  • 2019 on Eesti Wattenmeeri rahvuspargis toimuva linnufestivali Zugvögeltage partner ja Natourest esindab seal Eestit
  • 2019 arendame koostöös IT firmaga Loguiz välja oma touräpi
  • 2020 kogu maailma turismi väga valusalt tabanud koroonakriisi elame üle ja alustame Alutagusele uute karuonnide rajamise projektiga.

Our Team

Rein Kuresoo

Guide and Trainer

Languages: English, German, French, Russian, Finnish, Swedish, Spanish, Estonian

E-mail rein@natourest.ee

Rein Kuresoo belongs to the narrow circle of leading naturalists in Estonia. He has working experience both with ornithologists and botanists, but probably the most successful period of his life was connected with establishing and leading a conservation organization, the Estonian Fund for Nature (or ELF, Eesti Looduse Fond). Two national parks and several large protected areas were established in 1991-95 in Estonia in 1991-95, proposed by ELF under his chairmanship.

Rein has led bird, plant and general nature trips since 1989 and has written and illustrated lots of books about nature and gardening. He has also authored several textbooks for schools and teachers.

Rein has the ears of an owl, an amazing ability to filter out the spectrum of most subtle birdsong from the bird choir and a bird’s sense of orientation in the middle of nowhere.

Responsibilities in NaTourEst:

  • Product development and marketing
  • Tour leading and guiding
  • Training

Bert Rähni

Guide and Manager

E-mail bert@natourest.ee

Phone: +372 51 37141

Languages: German, English, Russian, Estonian

Pee Rooks

Guide and Manager

E-mail peep@natourest.ee

Phone: + 372 527 1839

Languages: English, German, Estonian

Peep is the newest member of Natourest’s guide family. He has been an avid nature friend since childhood and begun guiding in 2015.

He is currently dividing his time between studying environmental conservation, working for Natourest and wandering through Estonia’s beautiful forests and countryside. All of which help him become more knowledgeable about the life around him.

Ahto Täpsi

Bear hide management

Phone: +372 5234597

Languages: Finnish, Russian, English, Estonian

Triin Asi

Guide

E-mail triin@activest.ee

Phone: +3725016222

Languages: German, English, French, Estnonian

Triin Ivandi

Guide

Languages: English, German, Estonian

Peere Vissak

Guide

Languages: English, Estonian, Russian

Although I used to be a keen bird-lover in my boyhood, my studies at university were in botany and relationships within plant communities.  For some years I dedicated my life to Matsalu National Park, mapping and monitoring the vegetation and analysing multivariate data with early mainframe computers.

I then became the manager of the Puhtu-Laelatu Reserve and simultaneously ran a small NGO for environmental education. These days were full of paperwork and regulation-writing. After jumping off the state conservation system ‘train’ I landed in the fertile soil of tour guiding. I immediately started to fill the gap in my practical everyday nature observations and dust down my species spotting skills. I also rediscovered photography, not as a mere registering tool, but as a tool for fine art as well. During the last decade I have been growing little by little as a tour guide and a photographer. 

In the meantime I have translated some books, edited several monthly newspapers and participated in EIA teams.
These days, excercising my latent knowledge, I feel lucky to have studied at Miina Härma Gymnasium and Alma Mater Tartuensis.

I love to walk in the wild and show people my favourite places. Usually they like it and sometimes even admit they enjoyed my particular sense of humour!  I look forward for meeting new acquaintances and having a great time watching wildlife together.

Marko Poolamets

Photography Tours Guide

Languages: English, Estonian