We are going to explore the Estonian islands today during one of these day-trips. Estonia has over 2000 islands and islets, so there is a lot to choose from. Estonia’s many islands offer an enormous amount of charm and ancient history. The most popular Estonian islands being Saaremaa, Muhu, Hiiumaa, Kihnu and Vormsi on the western coast.
Because of the authentic setting, tranquillity and sustainable way of life the West Estonian Archipelago is part of UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve. By coming here, everyone can enjoy food, art and crafts of the islanders inspired by nature. Most Estonian islands are located a short ferry ride from the country’s western coast with some exceptions. Like there are a few of them accessible from Tallinn as well. The ferry connections, however, are sometimes less frequent than you’d wish for and in some cases, there are no regular ferry connections at all. So sometimes it would take some extra planning in the form of a private tour to actually make it there and back again in a day.
Please be aware that you have only time for one island per day (except Saaremaa and Muhu islands). But these islands are totally worth the effort. If you are looking for more touristic experience then the biggest islands on the west coast (Saaremaa, Muhu, Hiiumaa, Kihnu) are there for you. But if you are looking for more unique experience in nature then we suggest some less accessible ones like Pakri and Osmussaar or the ones around Tallinn (Prangli, Aegna, Naissaar).
Tour highlights in…
Saaremaa & Muhu islands
The Estonia’s largest and third-largest island are connected with a land-bridge. The highlights of Muhu island include the Koguva village with stone fences and one of Estonia’s oldest holy places – St. Catherine’s Church with its pagan tombstones. Nature enthusiasts are welcome to explore study trails at the Viidumäe Nature Reserve and the Vilsandi National Park, which boasts thousands of migratory birds and wild orchids. Exciting destinations also include the famous Kaali Meteorite Crater Field (which is the first scientifically proven meteorite crater in Europe).
The Kuressaare old town with the Kuressaare Castle is another must. Kuressaare, which has a long history as a resort town, likely has the highest number of spas per capita in the world. It has one spa location for every ten inhabitants. There are suitable spa services for those who need medical spa treatments and those who have arrived for a relaxing spa vacation and fun times with their family. It sounds like a good place to end your day trip, isn’t it?
The second-largest island in Estonia is well-know for its historic lighthouses, untouched nature and makes for a great rural getaway year-round. During the coldest times of the winter, you can easily drive to the island across Europe’s longest ice road. Equally loved by surfers, sailors, hikers and nature holiday-makers, Hiiumaa is great for those looking for peace and quiet. The local sights include the much-admired Kõpu lighthouse, which is one of the oldest lighthouses in the world dating back to the 16th century.
Kihnu, the seventh-largest island in Estonia, is an ancient island of seafarers and fishermen. The cultural heritage of Kihnu – the clothing, language music and handicrafts are part of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. The island is home to a close-knit community of about 700 inhabitants, who value old traditions, the language and songs of Kihnu. Singing and dancing are integral parts of life for the locals. Culture lovers are sure to be delighted by home visits, truck car tours and fishing trips offered in Kihnu. A beautiful view of the entire island, the surrounding islets and the sea open up from the top of the local lighthouse.
Pakri landscape protection area is extremely rich in species and the island has several military sites abandoned by Soviet troops. This island is best explored during a 5-hour long hike. During the hiking tour you’ll experience the history of the islands and culture left behind by the coastal Swedes that used to live there.
Osmussaar, named after Odin, the god of the Vikings, is a fascinating place full of history, diverse nature, and limestone bluffs. This island is best explored during a 5-hour long hike. During the hiking tour, you’ll experience the nature and history of the island with a local guide. The island was also inhabited by the coastal Swedes once upon a time.
“description is based on texts available on visitestonia.com”
Tour price per person
Children’s Discounts: 3-year-old and under are free, 15% discount for ages 4-12.
Tour price includes:
- Pick-up and drop-off – You’ll be met by our host at your hotel or any other location
- Local host – You’ll be accompanied by our English-speaking experienced local host who is also your chauffeur for the day
- Air-conditioned car/minivan – Depending on how many of you are there a car or a minivan for up to 8 people will be there for you
- Free WIFI – Free, secure and fast WIFI network is provided for the whole tour
- Entrance tickets – Entrance to all the sights in the tour program
- Bottled water – A local example of bottled water has been chosen for you
- Hassle-free cancellation – A confirmed reservation can be cancelled by You up to the moment of the actual event. For more detailed cancellation policy and Terms of Service follow the link
- Video of your tour – A short video clip will be produced of your day to thank you for visiting Estonia
Tour price includes additionally:
- Ferry/boat tickets
- Lunch (incl non-alcoholic drinks)
- Additional local guide where necessary
Tour price excludes:
- Dinner and drinks