When sailing to Estonia, it's good to know that Estonians believe themselves to be an ancient nation of nature, so animism and old beliefs have always had a certain place in our culture and mindset. After all, we were the Vikings, and there are some old stories that say that the Island Saaremaa is the true world's end or Ultima Thule. Several maritime traditions are recognisable worldwide, some are local and unique – it's up to you to believe them or not, but the best is to be prepared.
On the water, whether the sea, lakes or rivers, mermaid or siren or näkk is the most common one. Näkk is a human-like creature (man or woman), sometimes with clothes, sometimes not, it may have fish teeth and usually is born from drowned men. Näkk can disguise itself as a reef or shallow, somewhere to drown seamen. During wintertime, they are seen as the rocks pushing themselves up through the ice. Lately, the idea of a beautiful woman, singing or playing music, is also common.