Harilaiu Peninsula in Vilsandi National ParkSource: Mati Kose

Vilsandi National Park

Located on the west coast of Saaremaa, this national park was set up to protect sensitive coastal and island habitats.

The Baltic Sea comprises two-thirds of Vilsandi National Park.

The rest of the park's territory is made up of islands, peninsulas, and inlets. Vilsandi Island is the park's highlight.

A visit to Vilsandi National Park must be planned well in advance. A boat connection organized by the local municipality runs from Papissaare to Vikati and back. Check schedules and purchase tickets before you go.

Source: Rivo Veber

A haven for birdwatchers and orchid lovers

Vilsandi is home to over 30 species of orchids as well as the endemic Saaremaa yellow rattle, and in early spring, the sky is thick with feathers—thousands of white-cheeked barnacle geese and other seabirds arrive in flocks. 

With the help of a local guide, you can move from one island to another by wading through the shallow sea. Bare your toes, roll up your pant legs, and let the seabed massage your soles.

A unique landscape shaped by the winds and waves

If you are not afraid of long walks, you can explore the shifting dunes of Harilaiu Peninsula.

Explore Vilsandi National Park by boat.

Calm waves and short distances make the area ideal for kayak trips.

Journey to Saaremaa's remote western shore.

Every season has something special — and an extra season gives you extra time to see it all.

Expert tip: Exploring off-season will help off-load the pressure.

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