Mooska farm

Mooska farm is a typical lifestyle farm in Southern Estonia. The powerful location at the foot of Vällamäe is amidst the beautiful nature and connects harmonically the farm life with the nature and the heritage of our ancestors. We, the Veeroja family, are proud to share our life with our guests and introduce local heritage, the pride of which is our traditional local food and the smoke sauna. The Smoke sauna tradition is inscribed to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

SMOKE SAUNA

Fabian Weiss in estonian smokesauna with EdaThe smoke sauna session in Mooska smoke sauna is customarily at least 3 hours of bathing enjoyment for the small group – family or friends (4-6 persons).

Body and soul will be cleansed while relaxing in a mysterious and comforting steam room, together with the host family, whisking, bathing, and pampering yourself with sauna honey. The rich aroma of burning wood is complemented by a whispered note of meat smoked in the sauna, a birch whisk (bunch of leafy twigs), and sauna honey. The sauna is located near a pond for a cooling swim when water is ice free or an invigorating dip in winter. During the experience your hosts will tell you all about and explain the Estonian smoke sauna traditions and beliefs. Smoke sauna is a holy (sacred) place for the family and alcohol is therefore not looked upon well neither before or during the sauna session.
Mooska farm has two smoke saunas for sauna sessions, each smoke sauna facilitates up to 8 - 12 persons, up to 25 persons. In case You have larger group, part of the group can go to
smoke sauna in the other farms in the same region nearby (facilitates also up to 10 persons). The basic price for sauna session is 200€

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Visit to the Mooska farm invites the visitor to take insight to the rich set of the knowledge, customs, and beliefs of Old Võromaa smoke sauna heritage.

Short walk in the farm introduces three smoke saunas of Mooska farm. Two of them are for the bathing, the third is for smoking the meat. Visitors get an overview of the construction, heating, sauna rituals and family traditions of smoke sauna. The most interesting part is to smell and see how the pork meat is smoked in the sauna. Duration of the farm visit is approximately 1,5 hours; basic price 5€ per person includes the degustation of the smoked pork meat.

Mooska farm visit with the introduction of the Old Võromaa Smoke intangible heritage and degustation of the smokes meat, has been awarded the EHE (Genuine and Interesting Estonia) quality label.

SMOKED MEAT

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    We smoke and sell smoked meat that has been smoked traditionally in the smoke sauna 12€/kg
  • We introduce the farm and smoke saunas; visitors can taste meat smoked in the sauna (5€ per person)
  • We nurture guests with the best local food (12€ 2 course meal; 15€ 3 course meal)
  • Visit our farm shop: food souvenir is the best gift!

NATURE TRIPS

  • Snowshoe trips, ski trips and Nordic Walking.
  • Rogain type (geo) adventures in the forests of Vällamäe.
  • Nature walks, where participants will gain a deep insight into the local cultural heritage and folklore.

Basic price: 100€ per group per hour
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Contact us via e-mail See e-posti aadress on spämmirobotite eest kaitstud. Selle nägemiseks peab su veebilehitsejas olema JavaSkript sisse lülitatud.
Warm visit is welcomed only by prebooking.
Eda Veeroja See e-posti aadress on spämmirobotite eest kaitstud. Selle nägemiseks peab su veebilehitsejas olema JavaSkript sisse lülitatud.

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Mooska Ldt.
Mooska farm, Haanja parish, Võru county, Estonia 65601
See e-posti aadress on spämmirobotite eest kaitstud. Selle nägemiseks peab su veebilehitsejas olema JavaSkript sisse lülitatud.
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Jules and Christin experience

While we really enjoyed every activity we participated in during our road trip through Estonia, the our time at Mooska Farm Smoke Sauna was definitely the most memorable. Forget everything you know about saunas, this is a far cry from the steam room at your local gym. In Estonia, people take saunas very seriously. Perhaps no one more than our gracious host, Eda Veeroja. After all, she spent a 10 years working to get the Estonia smoke sauna added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

We did half a day in the traditional black smoke sauna, which get its name from the lack of chimney causing the smoke to circulate through the room, and the experience is not for the faint hearted. Firstly, you strip down to your birthday suit, jump into a 100+ degree room and get whisked with dried bundles of leaves. There are salt and honey scrubs, chanting and lots more!

If you’re really adventurous you can jump into a freezing cold lake in the middle of the property to jumpstart your system. The whole experience was one of a kind and gave us a much deeper understanding of the local history and culture. Estonian black saunas have been central to local life for centuries, used to mark special occasions like weddings, deaths and the end of the year. At the end of the ceremony we gave thanks to our bodies, to the sauna and let go of something negative we’ve been holding onto. We left feeling lighter, possibly because we just sweated a few kilos, and much more connected to Estonian culture.

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Read more: ESTONIA TRAVEL GUIDE: WHAT TO SEE AND WHERE TO GO

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Kerli Kõiv in Mooska smoke sauna

Estonian singer Kerli tries hundreds of years old Estonian sauna traditions in the smoke sauna!
Did you know that the smoke sauna traditions of Old Võromaa have found a dignified place in the list of UNESCO intangible cultural heritages and a traditional sauna session lasts at least three hours?

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Smoke sauna tradition in Võromaa

Inscribed in 2014 (9.COM) on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

The smoke sauna tradition is an important part of everyday life in the Võro community of Estonia. It comprises a rich set of traditions including the actual bathing customs, the skills of making bath whisks, building and repairing saunas, and smoking meat in the sauna. The sauna is a building or room heated by a stove covered with stones and with an elevated platform for sitting or lying. It has no chimney, and the smoke from burning wood circulates in the room. People usually visit the sauna together and remain until the body sweats. Water is thrown on the heated stones to produce hot steam-laden air and bathers beat their bodies with whisks to scrub off dead skin and stimulate blood circulation. After sweating, whisking, relaxing and possible healing procedures, people cool themselves outside and rinse their bodies with water. The procedure is repeated. The smoke sauna tradition is primarily a family custom, practised usually on Saturdays but also before major festivals or family events, whose main function is to relax the body and mind. Families take turns hosting each other. Usually an older family member is responsible for preparing the sauna, accompanied by children who gradually acquire the necessary skills.

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