When you come to the Pakri islands, be sure to take in their slate outcrops (the highest of which measures 13 metres) and their natural coastal communities, which are characteristic of northern Estonia. There is also an area which is sure to be of interest to birdwatchers. The two islands and the stretch of water between them are rich in glacial boulders dating back to the last Ice Age, the largest of which measure more than 21 metres in circumference.
The two islands and the sea between them form the Pakri landscape reserve. On both Suur-Pakri and Väike-Pakri you’ll find hiking trails which will lead you to the most spectacular viewpoints the islands have to offer.
During the Soviet era the Pakri islands were completely militarised. They were a bomb testing site – traces of which can still be seen today. Visitors should bear in mind that what remains of the former military installations is liable to collapse and that it is not safe to enter them.
Clearance teams have carried out operations on Suur-Pakri on a number of occasions, but mines continue to be found on the island and in its surrounding waters to this day. As such, it is recommended that visitors restrict themselves to coastal areas when exploring the island without a guide. It is also dangerous to set fires on the island.
Mine clearance on Väike-Pakri has been more successful and visitors can explore its roads and pathways more freely, as well as camp in designated locations.
Travelling to the Pakri islands
There is no regular connection between the mainland and the Pakri islands, but you can get to them from Kurkse harbour. To do so, arrange a canoeing trip with professional guides or a boat to take you over.
Recommendations for visitors to the Pakri islands
When visiting the islands, make sure you take your own food and drinking water with you.