Estonia has over 1500 islands, most of which are inhabited by birds and seals only. Bigger islands are very popular among Estonian and foreign tourists, as the culture, architecture, nature and way of life of the islanders is very unique.
There are regular flights available to Saaremaa, Hiiumaa, Kihnu and Ruhnu islands and you can access other inhabited islands closer to mainland by small boats or via ice-roads during winter. Visit local Tourism Information Centres for the schedules, as they change seasonally.
Three biggest and most popular islands – Saaremaa, Hiiumaa and Muhu – have a regular ferry connection:
- Saaremaa and Muhu are connected to the coast via Virtsu-Kuivastu ferry route. In order for you to get to Saaremaa, you need to go through Muhu and take a car ride, bicycle trip or public transportation bus over the Väinatamm bridge.
- Ferry route between Hiiumaa and the mainland is called Rohuküla-Heltermaa. Rohuküla harbour is located close to small seaside resort town Haapsalu, so be sure to enjoy a morning coffee in one of Haapsalu’s famous small cafes.
- Saaremaa and Hiiumaa islands have a ferry connection Triigi-Sõru. Outside the most popular tourism season, ferries go every other day twice a day: one trip in the morning, other in the evening.
Islands are an ideal holiday destination for all, young and old, who enjoy culture, beautiful wild nature and ancient traditions. Visit local manors, theatres and museums, enjoy a round of golf, be pampered in spa’s and luxury hotels, have a food adventure in high class restaurants, go bird watching or simply take a walk in juniper-reach meadows and beautiful deserted beaches. Estonian islands have a lot to offer for romantic couples, families travelling with children and culture loving adventurers.
Tips for travelling by ferry:
- You can travel by car, on foot or take a public bus to a ferry. There are more ferries operating during peak season (from May to September) to serve the thousands of tourists heading to our islands.
- If you want to drive to islands by car, book the tickets in advance, especially if travelling around Midsummer day (end of June) or around bigger festivals (July and August). Visit local Tourism Information Centres for assistance, suggestions and information about upcoming events.
- During peak season, waiting lines for cars can be long and take few hours, so travelling by bus is easy, comfortable and fast. There are plenty of daily bus trips available from Tallinn, Tartu and Pärnu. Ferry ticket and reservation are included in the price (around 10-12EUR). You can book and buy tickets online or visit local Tourism Information Centres for assistance.