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Sail in Estonia

Estonia, a secret well kept on the coast of Baltic Sea, is much closer and accessible than you think. Its winding coastline is by far more lengthy than its land border, surrounded by roughly 2000 islands. Vibrant atmosphere packed with many regattas, Estonia is a place well worth exploring by boat.

Estonia has smaller and bigger yacht marinas to choose from located across the coastline and islands. In a matter of days, or in some cases hours, you can reach Estonian ports and marinas from neighbouring countries such as Finland and Sweden. By the shortest route from northern coast across the Gulf of Finland to Finland is just 25 nautical miles. See additional information from list of registered ports in Estonia.


  • There are almost no permanent currents in the Baltic Sea, the speed of tidal streams is weak and the main driving force of currents is the wind. 
  • An ideal option for a short trip is to spend a few hours sailing around Tallinn Bay, allowing you to make little stops along the way and to combine your trip with a visit to the Maritime Museum at the Seaplane Harbour
  • Popular day trip destinations nearby Tallinn include the islands of Aegna, Naissaar and Prangli.
  • Estonia’s summer capital Pärnu is perhaps the most popular sailing destination in West Estonia with its famous sandy beaches. From here you can easily sail on to the tiny islands of Kihnu and Ruhnu.
  • Slightly up north, you'll find resort town Haapsalu, from here you can make a brief crossing over to Hiiumaa and Saaremaa islands. 
  • Ice yachting is a popular sport practiced on the west coast of Estonia during the coldest winter months when sea freezes over. Best places for ice sailing are Haapsalu and Pärnu bay, where the formation of ice can last up to 175 days a year – so no season can escape from sailing!

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