Matsalu national park and the West Estonian islands.

Section 62. Hiiumaa Island.

Hiiumaa Island Only a one hour trip by ferry from the Estonian continental part, there is an island where time passes differently.

The pleasant humour of the locals adds some zest to the peaceful lifestyle. Hiiumaa appeared 455 million years ago due to a meteorite explosion and is one of the oldest islands in the world.

Estonia’s second largest island’s characteristic wild nature is perfect for the lovers of hiking and cyclists. Hiiumaa is like one big SPA – lots of sun, the peaceful sounds of the sea, tiny pebbles on the beach massaging your feet and the salty sea water healing both the body and soul. Long sandy beaches are a great place for active recreation. Windy and gusty Ristna is a real surfer’s paradise. You can take a romantic walk on the Sääretirp Horn where sheep graze leisurely among the junipers of Kassari peninsula.

The lighthouses are the main attractions on this island. Kõpu is one of the three oldest lighthouses in the world that is still operating. The office of the world-renowned Gustav Eiffel designed the Ristna and Tahkuna lighthouses. Climbing to the top of the lighthouse, there is a wonderful view of most forested part of Estonia.

On Hiiumaa the boats are still made of wood and the men from steel. A trip on the sailing ship “Lisette” or the “Hiiu Ingel” is also worth experiencing. During the cold winter months one can use Europe’s longest 26 km long ice road, which connects the island with the continental part of Estonia, instead of a ferry. The island’s capital, Kärdla, is one of the greenest towns in Estonia. Here you can escape from the city noise and spend your leisure time in a pleasant coastal holiday house or local pub enjoying Hiiu beer and smoked fish.