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Vilsandi National Park

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Vilsandi National Park

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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.


Vilsandi National Park was developed from the Vaika Bird Reserve, which was formed in 1910.

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



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[edit]

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.


Get in[edit]

35 kms west from Kuressaare, 3kms from Kihelkonna village. Flights to Kuressaare - from Tallinn, Stockholm, Helsinki. Regular buses from Kuressaare. Bus stop 300m from the Visitor Centrer. Car - drive 35 kms weast from Kuressaare, facing signs for Kihelkonna. Finally sign shows left 1 km to Kihelkonna, 4,5 km to Loona Manor, Visitor center. Bike - Loona manor is included to Euorvelo route

Vilsandi National Park is free to visit. Guides, trips to Vilsandi island could be arranged form the visitor centre. The park's visitor centre is located in Loona Manor. Loona Manor houses visitor center of the National Park, fossil museum, hotel, restaurant. Daily nature tours, heritage tours start from there. Maps, souvenirs, advice. Season starts from May, 01. Before that just send an e-mail or give a call. Heritage and nature tours for individuals minimum of 2 persons 23EUR per person.

Get around[edit]

Hikes, bike rent, boat trips to Vilsandi island and in the archipelago. Info form Loona manor

See[edit][add listing]

Sea flora and fauna Silurian Cliffs corals, fossils Wild orchids Birds Gray seals Butterflies Coastal traditional culture (tar making, forest park, fishing, folklore)

Do[edit][add listing]

There are numerous hiking paths and bird watching towers throughout the park. Old ahrbour places, light houses. Biking trails, bike rent, walking poles.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Souvenis sales in Loona visitor center Guided tours from Loona Trips to Vilsandi Island

Eat[edit][add listing]

Restautant Loona Local shop at Kihelkonna Pidula fish ponds

Drink[edit][add listing]

Restaurant Loona Local shop at Kihelkonna. Pidula fish pond

Sleep[edit][add listing]

The official Estonian tourism website provides an extensive list of options for accommodation.




Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

  • 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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