Cover picture © iStock/leskas
Cover picture © iStock/leskas

Breathe in the untouched nature of Hiiumaa Island

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Hiiumaa is the second largest island in Estonia, just after SaaremaaSome 8995 people are living here and they the happiest in the country, which is no wonder. They live among woods, clear blue seawater, and can breathe in the untouched nature every single day.

An unforgettable experience on the ice road

Hiiumaa might seem far from the mainland, but actually, going there is one of the best parts of the trip. You can go there by plane. It is not a very long flight. You will get there quickly, and the views from the aircraft are breathtaking. Just imagine the blue water and endless forests of this island. You could also take the ferry, savour a sprat sandwich with an egg while traveling and enjoy the sea view. The most unforgettable way to go to Hiiumaa Island is by the ice road. Of course, you can take it only during the winter. When the sea is frozen, this largest Europe's ice road leads straight to Hiiumaa Island. So, you can also get there by car.

© iStock/brightstorm
© iStock/brightstorm

White giant on the island shore

On the Hiiumaa Island stands a large and proud white giant – Kõpu Lighthouse. This is not an ordinary lighthouse. It has been standing there for 500 years. In the past, it's purpose was to guide the merchant ships in the Hanseatic League, so that none of them would be lost in the Baltic Sea. Today, this highest lighthouse in the Baltic, situated 102 metres above sea level, is open for visitors. You can visit it every day from 10 am to 8 pm and for the price of 3 euros, you can admire the view of Hiiumaa from it's highest point. You'll never find a lighthouse in the world like Kõpu.

The Kõpu Lighthouse
The Kõpu Lighthouse
Mägipe, 92233 Hiiu maakond, Eesti
© iStock/KalervoK
© iStock/KalervoK

Small capital by the sea

Kärdla is the most important and actually the only city on Hiiumaa Island. It is usually described as the greenest city, where the nature rules and there is no tall glass buildings. The easiest way to explore this capital is by renting a bike. This city is only 4.5 square kilometers big, and everything is so close that you don't even have to use a map to get somewhere. You can start exploring the city at the Kärdla Marina that was built in 1849. This marina was destroyed in 1944, during World War II, but it has been restored, and now yachts and ships can anchor there again. Next stop can be the Kärdla's old Power Plant that stands over the shores of the Nuutri river. This plant was shut down in 1977 but it is still a fascinating sight to observe from its outside. After that, you can just walk or ride your bike through this little town. Don't forget to look around and smile to the happy people of Hiiumaa.

Kärdla, Hiiumaa Islands
Kärdla, Hiiumaa Islands
Kärdla, Hiiu maakond, Eesti

Hiiumaa, the second largest island in Estonia is pretty small, but nature makes it feel like an entirely different country. Let's breathe in the untouched nature of Hiiumaa Island. 


The author

Merje Aus

Merje Aus

Merje – proud Estonian, in love with everything her home country has to offer. Studying Estonian philology and working as a journalist.

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