Saaremaa, Estonia – July 2013

If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you might remember my camping trip to Saaremaa, Estonia in September 2012. Last month, I returned to Estonia’s largest island with the family in tow. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time for any bushcraft or camping this time around, but we did visit a lot of interesting sites and hit up the island’s main attractions.

As is probably the case with many tourists on Saaremaa, the 14th-Century castle was one of our first stops.

After strolling around the town just outside the castle, we drove out to neighboring Muhu island, where we were able to take a look inside a traditional Saaremaa-style thatch-roofed cabin. As you can see, there is no other roofing material besides the thatch. It was the roof of choice for poor people for a long time due to it’s low cost and availability. A roof like this can last 50 years!

One of Saaremaa’s main attractions is the Kaali meteorite crater lake, which was formed…you guessed it…by a meteorite which fell to Earth sometime between 4,000 and 8,000 years ago.

In case you’re wondering, yes, there are (introduced) fish in it.

While driving along the coast on our way to another of the island’s attractions, the Panga Cliffs, we stopped at the seaside to explore.

Rather than sand, pebbles, rocks or boulders, the sea bed at this location is actually smooth slabs of dolomite.

Nearby shore with junipers.

When we reached the cliffs, the Woodsboy and I headed out first, and the Woodsbabe snapped this pic (actually, she took a lot of the pictures in this post).

A few pictures from the countryside.

My Finnish readers will appreciate the name of this small Village. 😉

Anyone familiar with Saaremaa knows of the “windmill hill” in the village of Angla. These types of windmills were used to grind flour in the olden days.

This site also has some farm animals for the kiddies and some exhibits with items from yesteryear.

While on our way to the lighthouse on the peninsula in the southwest, we saw these rock piles at the shore.

Here’s the lighthouse as viewed from the very tip of the peninsula.

On our last day on Saaremaa, we ate at a unique restaurant in town. At some point in it’s history, it was converted from a working windmill to a restaurant with several dining stories inside.

On our way home, we spent a night in the medieval old town of Tallinn, Estonia’s capital. Here’s a shot from up on high.

Hope you enjoyed this peek at my favorite island!

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12 comments on “Saaremaa, Estonia – July 2013

  1. Gorges Smythe says:

    It looks like you had a wonderful trip. The photos were fascinating.

  2. Ron says:

    Hej, some quality time away from home with the family compensates the absence of b.c.-thingies quite well, i’d say. The landscape is beautiful!
    That yesteryearstuff is fun to look at, wondering how it was used. The boxtype mill on the rocks remind me of the mills you’ll find at Öland in Sweden. Same goes for the fences. You’ll find the whole birchtree-version all over Sweden, too.

  3. Carol says:

    Looks like you had a great time with your family!! Great pics and especially love the last one of the town. Also love the architecture, the goats, and the windmill and lighthouse pictures!!

    Carol

  4. Finnman says:

    Paha pilli kauas kuuluu… 🙂
    Nice familytrip into the old times! Greatpics!

  5. OZme says:

    nice family trip you had. so may similarity to Finland, yet so different. Thank you for sharing many photos, and stories with it.

    • Yes, the similarities and differences are interesting. To me, it kind of seems like a mixture between Finland and what the Finns call “Europe”, i.e. Western and Central Europe. This includes language, nature, architecture etc.

  6. hans says:

    Very nice island, Beautiful pictures!!

    Sigts Saaremaa

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