Martin

Senior Tour Guide & in-house historian

Martin is studying history at the university of Tartu, so he’s really into old stuff. The older the better, really. He could go on for hours about different invasions, treaties, movements, spheres of influence and assassination plots. If it’s old, chances are he’s heard about it. Martin has been known to brag that he can recite all of the Roman emperors by heart, but nobody has actually heard him do it. He also likes to go around and tell people how tall Joseph Stalin really was.

When he’s not driving people to national parks, medieval monasteries, creepy abandoned prisons or derelict Soviet military bases, he can be found sitting behind a computer and writing about nerdy things. On his spare time, Martin is a writer and an editor for Level1, an Estonian video game website. This means that he has probably slain more dragons, consumed more potions and fought more space aliens (albeit virtually) than most people will in their entire lifetime. Other than that, he can be found lounging in the garden behind his house in the small town of Keila, reading the latest Stephen King novel. Or telling his increasingly annoyed neighbour how tall Joseph Stalin really was.


Tours: Best of Tallinn 5h Car & Walking Tour/Riga-Tallinn Sightseeing Tour Bus/Lahemaa National Park/Coastal Cliffs & Soviet Paldiski/Best of Tallinn 4h Bike & Walking Tour/Western Coast & Haapsalu/Best of Tallinn 3h Walking Tour/Tallinn Walking Tour (Old Town)/Narva & The Eastern Bloc/Lahemaa National Park + Tallinn Old Town Tour/Tallinn Ghost Tour/Custom Tour/Funky Bike Tour to Kalamaja/Tallinn-Riga Sightseeing Tour Bus/Beautiful Bike Tour to Kadriorg & Pirita/Husky Dog Sledding & Visit to Husky Farm/Tallinn Free Tour
Languages: Estonian /English


What people say about Martin:

During my recent visit to Estonia, I decided to take up the bus tour from Tallinn to Riga. Our guide was Martin, who is friendly, kind and full of knowledge. So far I could understood based up on my experience, you can ask him any questions on history, science, economics, local culture/tradition, food, politics, hidden stunning destinations… in short your best partner in travel. He answered patiently to everyone’s query during our road trip along with his sweet smile. He is certainly the best in his domain and great guide to show you around. Highly recommended!! Thank you Martin for your time and sharing your knowledge.
Darsha, Dubai, UAE
Thank you Martin for the interesting tour today! I have learned a lot about Tallinn which I would not have discovered on my own. I definitely reccommend this tour.
Sven, Germany
We had a great tour with Martin. He told us about the city and the history of de country, but also about the culture and ways of leaving of the estonian.
Carolina , Argentina
Tour Tallinn - Riga in July: Martin was a great guide, knowing this much about culture, history, ... Was really fun listening to him... GREAT TOUR! THANKS!!!!!!
Claudia, Germany
Excellent tour, would definitely recommend it! We learned a lot, our guide Martin is very knowledgeable and friendly. Thank you!
Christina, Norway
We had a free tour with Martin. I have been in many free tours arround Europe and this was by the moment, the best... Time past so quicky listening stories about life in the soviet era, otto prince tricks, or actual prime minister oddities... Also he speaks very clearly even for those who like me don't speak too much english.
Sonia, Spain
The Tallinn-Riga Tour is absolutely the best way to get from Tallinn to Riga (or the other way)! We got to see so many cool places that we wouldn't have had a chance to visit otherwise. Martin, our guide, was a font of information about Estonian and Latvian history. He was also very helpful when we got to Riga, making sure everyone on the trip got to their lodgings. I highly recommend this tour!
Maggie, USA
We enjoyed a great free tour of beautiful Tallinn on 7th May. There were a lot of people waiting so I was impressed to see 2 guides turn up, we were split into two groups then off we went. Martin, our guide was brilliant. Although still a large group everyone could hear him and his English was excellent. Apart from the history of Estonia and the info about the places seen on the tour, we also learned about the people during the Soviet days and their love of Dallas on tv and the stamp collecting punks. It was all so interesting and the time flew by. Thank you Martin, I thoroughly recommend the tour.
Barbara Robertson, England
I really enjoyed my tour with Martin on March 27th, 2016. We learned about Tallin history in a very funny and instructive way . Very witty and polite, Martin was a great guide. Thank you
Ana , Spain
We had a fantastic day... "No sex, no future, but excellent guides and a beautiful country". Thank you Martin for all the stories and funny details. By the way, we just discovered that kiiking already came on belgian television.... The olympic dream is coming closer :-) Gert, Katrien and Joris
Gert Wellens, Belgium
A huge thank you to Martin for a wonderful tour of the old town on October 28th. A fast paced, extremely entertaining and very informative two hours -- it was a perfect introduction to the city. We look forward to visiting again and taking a longer tour with you.
B&J, Sweden
Martin was our guide for the Lahemaa National Park. The park was really great, but we also went to many other places including restored and derelict manor homes, soviet relics etc. Martin was an excellent guide, provided a lot of knowledge and kept us well entertained with his easy going nature.
Nicole, Canada
Martin gives us a fantastic day on 20 August in this free country. Thank you!
karien, Netherlands
Martin was an excellent tourguide. He Speeks fluent english. He told us everything we wanted to know, no matter if it was about estonian politics, the weather, the countryside , sports, becoming independent from the soviet Union and so on. All this informations came along the trip in addition to the Information we expected, when we booked the trip. The last advice we took was the dinner in the "Kukete" bar in Tallinn. We really enjoied the day with Martin and the others. The tour is excellent. We can really recommend it to others. Take the chance when it gets offered.
Henrik Rueger, Germany
Although there has been a booking problem with my Lahemaa tour they gave me the possibility to enjoy a fantastic costal tour with Martin instead. Many thanks to the team! It has been a great experience in Estonia which I'll never forget. If somebody reading this review has the time to go on the tour I would highly recommend it!
Natalie , Austria
Although not fond of guided tours we did the Laheema National Park Tour because we noticed that hiring a car and following a printed guide was a rather inefficient way to see places of interest. Our guide was Martin and his enthousiasm and bakground of history studies resulted not only in seeing fabulous places but also in an elaborate commentary on Estonian habits and culture interwoven with anecdotes from the Soviet era. We are so glad we joined this tour!
Paul, the Netherlands
Warm-hearted Estonians, Martin & Ulane! Yesterday I & my husband joined a Lahema guide tour, which was really wonderful & impressive as a nature lover. Before starting, I sprained my ankle on the way to the Info office in the morning but I just proceeded the journey because I was really looking forward to it. However, the pain was getting stronger as time goes by until I could not walk any more. Our guide Martin was very considerate enough to take care of me & ask how I was at every stop. I liked his extensive knowledge about Estonian history as well as anything we bumped into. One thing that I regretted was my poor understanding of English. I wanna call him professor Martin. After I got back from Lahema, his boss Ulane & her sister spared their time to take me to the ER in the city. They sacrificed their resting hours for me. As a foreigner, I would have been miserable without their help! I wanna come back here again some day & meet them again! Fortunately I got much better today and in a few days I think I can continue my schedule and return home happily. Martin & Ulane will be remembered as antoher kind people of Estonia, which became one of my favorite countries. Pls give me your email addresses to kko4727@gmail.com. Many blessings to all of you!
Ana Kim, Korea
We booked the trip in de tourist office Our guide was a very sociable man called Martin who was very informative throughout the whole tour.We were taken to lots of places and had a pleasnt lunch on route. The salmon was great. 19july 2015!! Visited July 2015
Sam, Belgium
We booked the Lahemaa National Park tour in Tallinn, it was amazing. Our guide Martin was also very cool. He was friendly, funny and very knowledgeable. We would definitely recommend this trip.
Boz + Amaya, Germany
Thank you for a lovely tour of Lahemma Park Our guide, Martin, has got great knowledge of history, and fauna and flora. I highly recommend this tour to everyone. Irena
Irena , Originally from the Czech Republic but living in the UK


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