Our people

The hiking club HikingEstonia grew out of the active lifestyle of the hiking guides and their desire to set a good example for others to spend more time in the fresh air and natural environment. Our goal is to offer healthy exercise in nature in the form of weekly hikes. Hiking is not just a sport, it is a form of active holiday, a lifestyle in itself.

Andrus Aus

Andrus is a founding member and the driving force behind HikingEstonia. He has been interested in nature and hiking ever since he was a kid. He started hiking more seriously in 2005. To date, he as travelled to and hiked in more than 55 countries all over the world. He considers conquering some of the world’s highest mountains, including Mount Elbrus, Kilimanjaro, Damavand,Iliniza Norte, Iliniza Sur, Sincholagua, Jbel Toubkal and many others, to be his greatest hiking achievements.

Between 2011-2018 Andrus lived in Ibiza and as the first estonian he hiked on foot,on bicycle and with kayak around Ibiza, Formentera and Menorca
islands,which are located in Balearic Islands.

In 2021 he hiked as the first Estonian around La Gomera and El Hierro islands which are located in Africa in the Canaries.

Andrus organises hikes of different types including but not limited to kayaks,snowshoes,kicksleds,skates,bicycles,on foot and with dogs. His main cup of tea is private hikes for businesses and also longer hikes, for instance 100km/24h endurance hike around Võrtsjärv or multiple day hikes on foot and with bicycle with tent camping. Dealing with environmental topics and organising community activity hikes is also close to his heart.He organizes “Teeme Ära” cleanup day and the World Cleanup Day every year.In 2018 he organized World Cleanup Day also in Ibiza..

As a big animal person he organizes pug get togethers since 2019.

His pug and hiking dog Botsu is the mascot of HikingEstonia. 🙂

Andrus is single 🙂

Email: info@hikingestonia.com
Phone: +372 56482161

Stanislav Lomunov

Stanislav Lomunov is an experienced guide in Tallinn, as well as elsewhere in Estonia, the Baltics, Russia, Finland and Ukraine.

Stanislav has a very good sense of humor, genes of an actor and extensive knowledge of both history and modern life. Stanislav is a real people person and a highly regarded guide with enormous experience.

He graduated from the Tallinn University of Technology with a degree in thermal engineering, but has been more involved in guiding excursions and city tours. He likes playing tennis, dreaming big and is a man of action. He is also an active member of the Lasnamäe community and a father of 4 children.

Stanislav is fluent in Russian, Estonian, English and German.

Email: stanislav@hikingestonia.com
Phone: +372 558 7014

Marika Vakepea

Tour guide

I was born in the Hiiumaa and grew up in the Saaremaa island, so I spent most of my childhood in nature. I started hiking with HikingEstonia: I really enjoy discovering new and exciting places in a pleasant company. In my free time, I also do folk dancing and baking.

I have worked with children for over 10 years: as a teacher’s assistant in the Päikene kindergarten, as a teacher at the Tallinn Helen School and for the last few years as a physical education teacher at the Hilarius School.

I have received education in the field of social work, completed first aid training and courses in pre-school pedagogy and special pedagogy, and own a babysitter’s certificate.

E-mail: marika@hikingestonia.com
Phone:+372 56678789

Ülle Sink

Hiker of the Year 2019 and 2020 / Tour guide

I am daily involved in the production of blankets and pillows at the Haljala factory and also give massages.

I began taking hiking really serious after joining HikingEstonia, which has now become a way of life for me: a cool group of friends and so many new hiking companions! Over and over again, I want to go into the wild with them.

I consider the courage to go hiking beyond Estonia the greatest achievement of a hiker (e.g. Norway, South Africa, Finland).

Sander Sõnajalg

Tour guide

I am currently working as an instructor in a call cetre.

I was born and grew up in the countryside, and I have had an attraction to nature throughout my whole life.

I discovered HikingEstonia in 2019 and from that moment on I meet these great people at least once a month.

Hiking with a group is interesting because you meet different people outside your circle of acquaintances. This type of hiking is certainly has a disciplining effect, because when hiking in the woods alone, one would, perhaps, not set out for that long trips; you can also discover new cool places to revisit later.

In 2021 My family received a small addition so I am getting used to the new lifelong career aswell right now.

But most importantly: exercise is healthy!

Get out into the nature!

E-mail: sander@hikingestonia.com
Phone: +372 56789240

Andres Turro

Tour Guide

I am from Central Estonia Järva Jaani. I have enjoyed being in nature since primary school where I was actively participating in nature classes meant for older students. I think it is worth mentioning that I have for every year now, 30 years straight, participated in a 3-day inflatable boat ride. Out of those 30 years I have led the activity for 24 years! A few years ago I gave the responsibility to others and participate in said hike as a regular participant (admiral retired).

As an addition I have ridden through the Oandu-Ikla and Peraküla-Ähijärve RMK trails on a bicycle and at the moment with our wonderful group are completing the Kauksi-Penijõe RMK trail!

Hiking on foot and leading such hikes I began more actively 3 years ago.

It has been my motto that theory and practice go hand in hand and with that in mind, I started in autumn, studies in Luua Forestry School as a Tour Guide.

In daily life i am a business man and you can find out more about my company at: www.atto.ee

E-mail: andres@hikingestonia.com
Tel: +372 506 4261

Piret Krutob

Purchasing manager of Decathlon goods

I have always enjoyed nature by walking, running and cycling. In the last few years, I have discovered hiking,  however, being not an expert in it yet.

For a long time, I have lived near the Mustamäe-Nõmme forest parks, thus the Harku forest trails and the surroundings of the Mustamäe jumping tower are familiar to me since childhood. I currently live in the village of Vanamõisa.

I’ve been engaged in swimming and have become a world champion and world cup winner in underwater orienteering.

I currently work in the field of energy and automation: a manufacturing company where I originally supplied materials for production lines of actuators and renewable energy equipment, now I run a department that offers warranty order processing services around the world. Over the years, I have supplied the commercial sector with computer equipment, as well as with fruits and vegetables.

Email: kaup@hikingestonia.com
Phone: +372 53453513

 

Mikk Vakepea

Tour guide assistant / Best Young Hiker of HikingEstonia 2019/2020/2021

Mikk is a student in Pelgulinna Gymnasium. In April 2019, he joined the ranks of HikingEstonia, and since then hiking has always had a special place in his heart. The biggest challenges for him are multi-day hikes.

Mikk is a member of the Young Eagles paramilitary youth organization where he has been an active in the Gustis’ platoon of the Harju regional unit for over a year.

Looking to hike with us?

Anyone aged 12 and over is welcome on our hikes. Dogs who are used to long walks are also welcome. You can join our hikes even if you have never hiked before. For beginners, we recommend hikes that are 7–10 kilometres long.