5 recommendations for visiting a unique Estonian island – Prangli

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5 recommendations for visiting a unique Estonian island – Prangli

Prangli is a one of a kind Estonian island situated near Tallinn, a hour-long ferry ride from the Viimsi peninsula. People have inhabited the island for over 600 consecutive years, which makes Prangli the only Northern Estonian island with native settlement based on year-round inhabitants.

There’s an old saying that Prangli is located behind God’s back. Situated between Finland and Estonia, during Soviet times, even at the border of the Iron Curtain, the island has retained its local dialect, traditions and the culture of coastal people. Prangli is a rather tiny place, yet it has surprisingly diverse and untouched nature. With each year, the mysterious, timeless aura and unique fishing villages of Prangli delight more and more Estonians and tourists who are visiting Tallinn.

  • Come for a summertime visit!

Active tourism season on Prangli begins in May and ends in September Most visits to the island are day trips – undoubtedly the most convenient and meaningful way for visiting the place, offered to Estonians and foreigners alike. Prangli island day trips  take place 3–4 times per week, the groups depart from Tallinn or Leppneeme harbour. These are fully guided day trips (incl. transport, pickup truck excursion, catering) which are led by a local guide and meant for everyone interested in this Estonian island, regardless of their age or nationality.

Photo by: Marko Poolamets

Groups of over 10 people can order guided tours in various languages at any time. During the winter season, we recommend the very Estonian sauna and hiking tour of Prangli, which starts from Tallinn.

  • Come by bike or on foot!

Solo adventurers can find their way to the island all year round, be it by bike or on foot. The ferry connection to Prangli island is organised with the ferry Wrangö, which departs from Leppneeme harbour. (Tickets and schedules tuuleliinid.ee on the Leppneeme-Kelnase line.) The best way to get to Leppneeme harbour is to take a taxi from Tallinn (about 10–15 euros) or bus No. 1A or V2.  

Photo by: Marko Poolamets

A bike rental is open on Prangli, at Kelnase harbour, which is the northernmost (small) harbour in Estonia, from May to September. You can buy a comprehensive island introduction tool – a self-guided tour – from online or from the tourism information point; the virtual guide will lead you to important sights, share fascinating legends with you, as well as give directions to the best accommodation options and dining places.

  • Explore with your colleagues!

Prangli island is a great place for organising team events. A lot of Estonian and international collectives have used this opportunity to escape into nature for a day or two and experience something educational and relaxing together. Team events on the island are organised by Prangli Travel.

Photo by: Prangli Travel

  • Attend concerts or take part in competitions!

Culture and sports events on Prangli island delight visitors! Naturally, the busies days on the island occur in the summer and include culture and sports events. Additional transport options are available during such busy days. The most popular events are the Prangli Jooks (running event), summer theatre and various concerts.

Photo by: Prangli Travel

  • Take other trips from Prangli!

Prangli island is the centre of the Kolga Bay archipelago. With advance notice, special trips can be arranged to visit Estonian small islands of Aksi and Keri. Seal-watching trips can be organised on Malusi islands. Additionally, seal-watching trips are also arranged with departures from the mainland – from Tallinn or Kaberneeme Marina.

Prangli is a great place to visit by yourself, with friends, family members, colleagues, grandparents and even babies. Everyone is bound to find something fun to do. Come and explore this beautiful Estonian island!

Last updated : 20.04.2021

In category: Islands, Nature & Wildlife