Driving on an ice road in Estonia is not for the faint of heart. Strict rules must be followed, and weather conditions must be ideal. The ice must be at least 20 cm thick to hold the weight of a car. Check official ice road openings with the Estonian Transport Administration before heading out for a thrilling wintertime adventure!
Where to find ice roads in Estonia
When the winter gets cold enough to create thick ice, all the official ice roads in Estonia can be opened. Together, these provide a total of more than 80 km of ice roads, though the exact length changes depending on the route over the ice.
Estonia has seven official ice roads connecting the mainland and various islands:
- Hiiumaa and the mainland (25 km)
- Hiiumaa and Saaremaa (15 km)
- Vormsi and the mainland (12 km)
- Kihnu and the mainland (15 km)
- Haapsalu and Noarootsi (3 km)
- Laaksaar and Piirissaar (8 km)
The main goal of creating ice roads is not to provide a tourist attraction but to make the lives of locals easier. However, what may seem normal to Estonians may be new and exciting, and even shocking, to someone from a different cultural space. And ice roads provide unforgettable travel experiences.