Naissaar Island Travels and Tours
What to do on Naissaar Island?
Tour to Naissaar Island Lighthouse and mysterious Imperial fortresses
Exciting sea voyage to Naissaar Island, a Hop-On Hop-Off military truck ride, stunning Lighthouse views, overgrown fortress ruins. Take a totally unique cultural journey into Estonia’s storied past.
In the footsteps of forgotten history: USSR military mine stockyard, railway, South village and wonderful sandy beaches
Be the boss of your own adventure. Spend an unforgettable day rediscovering the history which was supposed to be forgotten forever
This tour is great for cycling or hiking
Narrow gauge railway, train ride Port – Männiku village
The southern section of the railway, originally built to the Island in 1912 has been recently restored. You can take a train ride with a Soviet-era train car between Port and Männiku village. Duration of ride one way ca 30min. In Männiku village you will find a modest USSR military museum and a couple of cafes.
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Naissaar Island Travels
A ferry trip to Naissaar takes only 60 minutes. Sunlines vessels meet the international safety standards and are fully insured.
In the summer period, ferries depart daily from Lennusadam in Tallinn.
You can choose between various travel packages for exploring the island. One-day cruises will take you to the main attractions of Naissaar and you can choose between two tour packages. However, Naissaar is worth further exploring. We recommend taking your bicycle with you and staying on Naissaar overnight so you would have enough time for exploring all the exciting places and relaxing on the beautiful sandy beach.
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Legends about the Naissaar name – Women’s Island
1075.a. The Bremen monk Adam tells in his travel chronicle about an island south of Finland, not far from Aestland. This island is Terra Feminarum. The monk describes the brave warriors of the island as follows: The island is ruled by female soldiers, who since their childhood have been raised in the spirit of defending the island and to whom man meant only a lower being. The man was simply a slave. The women were able to become pregnant after tasting the water of a secret spring in the middle of the island or using sailors who had come to the island and were killed immediately after performing their male duties in front of the female soldiers.
In the 13th century, there is a legend about a Danish princess who preferred girls to boys. To prevent the scandal from breaking out, the King of Denmark exiled the Princess to Naissaar. Lonely, the girl wandered around the island. Once on a tiny lake, admiring her reflection, she lost a golden crown in the water. Trying to catch the crown, she fell into the same mysterious warm lake. At this moment, she became a black snake carrying a golden crown, and the Princess is wandering around the island like a snake until to date.
The Estonian name of the island, Naisaar, was first mentioned by Eberhard Gutsleff in writing in 1723. On the sea map, the name of the island can be seen as Naissaar from 1921. There is no single explanation for the meaning of the island’s name. Per Wieselgren, who worked as a professor of Swedish language at the University of Tartu in 1930–1941, shows that the original root of the name Naissaar is of Finno-Ugric origin and has been altered over time by both Swedes and Germans – Nargö and Nargen, respectively. In primitive Finnish there is the word narki and in Lapland njarga, which translates as “cape” or “peninsula”. In German, the word Nehrung has a similar word stem, which translates as “narrow strip of sand in the sea”. Wieselgren believes that all three words come from the same strain. He constructed, that both Nargö and Nargen became Narkisaar (Nargö Island) in Estonian, and due to the comfortable language characteristic of Estonians, turned to Naissaar in turn.