Ruhnu Island is situated in the Gulf of Riga in the Baltic Sea and is actually closer to Latvia than Estonia.
As Ruhnu is the farthest island from the Estonian mainland, people seem to live by their own rules here and they like to keep themselves to themselves.
Ruhnu is called Runö by Swedish people and it is often referred to as “The Pearl of the Gulf of Riga”.
The first archaeological traces of human activity in Ruhnu, assumed to be related to seasonal seal hunting, date back to around 5000 BC. The first written mention of Ruhnu Island was in the freedom letter of the Bishop of Courland in 1341.
Ruhnu’s wooden church, built in 1644, is one of the oldest wooden constructions in Estonia. On the highest point of the island, Haubjerre hill, sits a unique metal lighthouse designed by Gustave Eiffel himself. The necessary pieces were constructed in France and it was assembled on Ruhnu in 1877.
Tired hikers might especially enjoy the salty, curative water from one of Estonia’s deepest wells. Ruhnu’s forest is home to unique and protected plant species.
The island is popular with hikers and swimmers, the best beach for swimming is Limo beach, with its "singing" sands.
You can travel to Ruhnu island either by plane or catch a regular boat to Ringsu harbour, check the local tourist information centre for details.