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Nõva and Noarootsi appeal to travellers with their untouched nature and Scandinavian feel. Coastal Swedes inhabited these western Estonian areas for hundreds of years, leaving behind a wealth of history and traditions.
Home to Estonia’s oldest and smallest wooden church, Nõva borders three nature reserve areas, a safe haven for local flora and fauna. The nearby Noarootsi peninsula draws in visitors for its beautiful sandy beach, pine tree forest and is considered one of the best places for birdwatching in Estonia.
Located north of the coastal town of Haapsalu, Nõva and Noarootsi are equally great places for sailing, kayaking, wind surfing and touring on the ice roads during the winter. In addition to the centuries-old Swedish heritage, you’ll also find traces of more recent Soviet military history in Noarootsi.