During high times, Vilsandi was home to over 200 people including fishermen, sailors and seal hunters, but today is home to only one permanent resident – an island guard. A national park was established on the island in 1910.
What to see: Vilsandi lighthouse, built in 1809, and the National Park information point.
Getting there: by ferry from Saaremaa, or by foot if the tide is low.
Unlike other Estonian islands in the Gulf of Finland, the life on Prangli island has been continuous for 600 years. Prangli island was the only island in the North-Estonia where in Soviet times the inhabitants where allowed to continue to live. Therefore, traditional fishing villages, island customs, coastal dialect and strong community is still preserved even in nowadays.
What to see: Regular Day Trips to Prangli Island, tour of Prangli Island with a virtual tour guide, Tourist information Point at the port, Restaurant Prangli Saare-Resto, St. Laurentius Church.
Getting there: by ferry from Leppneeme port to Kelnase port on Prangli island (more info www.veeteed.com), from Tallinn to Leppneeme port
Much like Aegna, Naissaar lies off the coast of Tallinn and all residents were evicted in 1913 when the military took control. Nowadays only one person lives on the islands and a national park has been established.
What to see: central hiking route, Suurupi lighthouses and St. Mary's church
Getting there: by boat from Pirita harbor or Tallinn Fish Market port.
Piirissaar is not located on the Baltic, but rather in lake Peipsi, on the Southeastern border of Estonia. A community of Russian Old Believers live on the 7.8 km2 island farming vegetables and fishing. Piirissaar has two sanctuaries protecting rare species of frogs, birds and plants.
What to see: Old Believers' House Museum
Getting there: by ferry from Laaksaare harbour.
See www.veeteed.com and www.tuulelaevad.ee for ferry route information.