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Kihnu is the largest island in the Gulf of Riga but the smallest municipality (together with neighboring islands) in Estonia.
It's located north east from Saaremaa Island and west from the mainland.
For many years, the men of Kihnu have been frequently gone to sea while the women ran the island and became the guardians of the island's cultural heritage which includes handicrafts, dances, games and music. Unlike men, they also wear their national costumes in everyday life. So it's quite normal to see an old woman dressed in traditional clothing driving a motorbike or even a tractor.
UNESCO proclaimed Kihnu's cultural space and traditions as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on November 7, 2003.
Because of the surrounding sea the soft climate on the island is warmer than the Estonian average.
Muhu is well connected by a network of buses from most other cities in the region and from Tallinn. Bus schedules can be found at Bussireisid.
Muhu Island is connected by a frequent ferry service from Virtsu on the mainland to Kuivastu on Muhu. The ferries take cars and make the crossing in 25 minutes. Reservations are highly recommended specially during weekends. The ferries are operated by Saaremaa Laevakompanii.
By ice road
During winter time an ice road connects the mainland to Muhu.
An ice road differs by letting people drive at quite a high speed with safety belts open. The speed is reduced only while approaching the cracks that one have to cross over the boards fixed on the cracks. It takes approximately 20 minutes to cover the distance in case of favourable conditions. You can even pass the ferries that "drive" on the next line.
Where to stay
Try to visit Kihnu during traditional celebrations of popular calendar or church holidays like Christmas, Midsummer's day and St. Catherine's Day, where you can witness genuine old traditions.
It's a good location for walking, fishing and bicycling (bikes can be rented on the island).