While there has been little interest in the possible trip to the beautiful village of Elva in Italy, I thought it worthwhile including details of another community called Elva, this time in Estonia.
Okay, I can see you reaching for the atlas, but I can tell you this little town is south of Finland and east of Sweden - and once again is lovely.Here's some photos and information from Mart Raudsaar. Click on any of the photos for a larger image.
The main facts about Elva:
Elva is a city situated in South-Estonia, in the South-Western part of Tartu county. It takes approximately three hours by car to drive to nearest international airport Ülemiste, just before the capital Tallinn. It takes approximately twenty minutes to drive to Tartu, what is the second Estonian city by population, and an old university town (established in 1632 by Gustav II Adolf) and the most eastern city belonging to the Hansaetic League. The city is passed by one of the most important Estonian roads, so-called Via Hansaetica which connects Berlin and St. Petersburg.
6257 habitants (1998) and 9.9 square kilometres. Thus, density is extremely low for a city.
The northern part is covered by woody growth. The southern part appears to be more smooth woody sandy plain, covered mainly by pine-trees (approximately 80 years old).
There are six main lakes on the city's territory and the Elva river penetrating the settlement. The biggest lake is Verevi (12,6 hectares) and Arbi (5,5 hectares). The first has nice sandy beach which has been just reconstructed and will be reopened in 15th of May 1999. The average altitude from the sea level is 55 metres.
"Elvex", Estonian-Swedish joint venture, produces front and rear glass for cars and this is definitely one of the biggest factories in the region by amount of production.