Tallinn islands are small marvellous gems
Estonia’s many islands offer an enormous amount of charm and ancient history, many in close proximity to Tallinn, the capital city.
Estonian islands are great for hiking or cycling looking for old churches and crumbling fortresses left behind by pagan Estonian warriors, German knights and Soviet military. Here you can find an empty beach and go camping. Or take part in the many festivities embracing the local traditional culture.
Take your time to wander along the dusty rural roads passing stretches of coastline, with few signs of development aside from 19th-century lighthouses and old windmills.
Naissaar Island – the Isle of Women
Estonia’s own ‘Angkor Wat’ can be found on Naissaar Island – picturesque and mysterious ruins of fortifications concealed by the forests, and otherworldly fort passages. Naissaar is a scenic island close to Tallinn, still untouched by tourism. As one of the most exciting islands of the northern coast of Estonia, Naissaar captivates visitors with its clean sandy beaches, hiking trails, exciting history, and a cultural festival taking place in the summer.
There is plenty to do on Naissaar, whether you are a culture, history, or nature enthusiast. Read more about Naissaar Island Travels and Tours
Aegna Island is the city center of Tallinn?
Aegna Island is administratively part of the downtown area of Tallinn. Almost 70% of Aegna Island is covered with forests. Due to untouched forest and secluded sandy beaches Aegna Island has become a haven for rest and recreation. You will find there boulders from Ice Age and a white-tailed eagle breeds there. The origin of Aegna’s place name is associated with the Estonian-Swedish dialect word eik (horse), because horses were grazed on the island in the Middle Ages. Before World War I, Aegna Island had a system of coastguard batteries that was part of Peter the Great’s Imperial maritime fortress.
Prangli Island and Seal Hunters
Prangli island (Wrangelsholm German, Wrangö Swedish). Like many other islands in the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland, the island was once inhabited by coastal Swedes. Later Estonian and Finnish fishermen and seal hunters settled there. At present, almost 100 residents live in the three villages of the island (Kelnase the ferry harbor, East end, West End). In 1924, oil exploration was carried out on the island and a gas discovery was discovered which can still be explored. 1941 the steamer “Eestirand” ran ashore the Prangli coast. There is a memorial to the victims of the accident.
Check out Prangli island daytrips
Keri Island and World Famous Lighthouse
In the Gulf of Finland, Keri Island is surrounded by sea breezes. Just over 3 nautical miles north of Prangli Island this is one of the northernmost islands in Estonia, The island is 18 km from Leppneeme harbor and 33 km from Pirita. The island is so tiny that even real trees do not grow there. Anyone who is more athletic can walk around the rocky coastline to the island in 20 minutes. The island is about 400 meters long on the one hand and 80 meters wide on the other, depending on the water level. According to the story, during major winter storms, seawater can even fly to the window of a house, and there are only a few meters from the door to the sea on a quiet day.
About Keri Island
Estonia’s approximately 2,222 islands have played a defining role in the nation’s history and culture. Most lie a short ferry ride into the Baltic Sea and are quiet places for hiking, camping and enjoying seafood delicacies. Relax to the sound of crashing waves and come August, keep your eyes open for seals!
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Finnish Archipelago and Åland
The Finnish Archipelago and the Åland Islands are like a tiny paradise archipelago with extraordinarily beautiful and varied nature, medieval stone churches, gorgeous captains’ villas glittering here and there, and cute little dwellings. The Åland and Turku archipelagos form one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the world. The Åland trip is like a nostalgic journey for decades. The islands have been ruled by both Swedish kings and Russian tsars. Since 1921 the Åland Islands have been part of the Finnish state as an autonomous region.
Departures from Tallinn (map link):
Pier No A3, Lennusadam (Seaplane Museum harbor, Vesilennuki 6, Tallinn)