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Revision as of 15:11, 25 November 2009

Vilsandi National Park [1] is in Saare County of Estonia.

The park includes the island of Vilsandi, 160 other islands and islets, parts of Western Saaremaa and the Harilaid peninsula.

Contents

Understand

Vilsandi National Park was developed from the Vaika Bird Reserve, which was formed in 1914.

It covers 238 km2, including 163 km2 of sea and 75 km2 of land.

History

Landscape

The most characteristic to the landscape are the small islands and islets of the nature park of which Vilsandi is the only one with permanent human inhabitants.

The west and north shore is dominated by dolomite rock bank shore.

Flora and fauna

Vilsandi is an international bird sanctuary with over 250 recorded bird species (112 nesting). The most famous is the common eider, several thousands pairs nest on the islets. Even in winter you can see flocks of Steller's eiders in the park.

Climate

Get in

The park's visitor centre is located in Loona Manor.

Fees/Permits

Get around

See

Do

There are numerous hiking paths and bird watching towers throughout the park.

Buy

Eat

Drink

Sleep

Lodging

Camping

Backcountry

Stay safe

Get out

  • Hiiumaa Island, well known for its lighthouses, unspoilt nature, Hill of Crosses and the sense of humour of its inhabitants
  • Muhu Island, sleepy fishing villages, working windmills, thatched cottages, plenty of deer, moose and birds
  • Pärnu, historical resort seaside city with a small harbour, Estonia's summer capital



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