The island Prangli is the northernmost island in Estonia with a year-round population of about 100 across three villages and Prangli is the only island in Northern Estonia where people have lived continuously for over 600 years. As such, it has a centuries-old fishing village culture not found anywhere else.
According to legend, pirates and robbers once lived on Prangli and stayed hidden in a thick spruce forest. In order to get rid of them, the forest was burnt down. To this day the pirates’ treasure has never been found, although many suspect that the burial place is probably Kullamägi, the highest place on the island.
Prangli boasts diverse nature and beautiful landscapes so it’s ideal for those who appreciate untouched nature. Much of the island’s interior is covered in pine forest and in the western part of the island, you’ll find coastal meadows with salt-loving vegetation. This makes Prangli great for bird watching as nearly 40 species of waterfowl live on the island. And if luck is on your side, seals can be seen in the springtime.
The island also has a unique kind of mist called tohu, which is formed by the evaporation of water on the warm sea. In the cold winter, you can also see a peculiar phenomenon, where the sky above the ice-free sea is darker in areas covered with ice.
During the day, You can cycle around the island with ease. You can also take the Prangli hike and sauna tour if you want to combine exercise with relaxation. Other highlights include Mardi Farm and the exhibition house of Vanani Farm which introduces guests to life on Prangli.
Prangli is very accessible from Tallinn, so you can spend several nights there or just go for a day trip. The most common way to reach Prangli is by the ferry Vrangö which runs between Leppneeme port (north of Tallinn) and the Port of Kelnase on Prangli. The schedule can be found here.
NB! Bring cash if you can! Although the island's small grocery store and accommodations accept card payments, you may get stuck if anything goes wrong.
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