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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
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.
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.
Access: 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. Heritage and nature tours for individuals minimum of 2 persons 23EUR per person. see www.camploona.ee
Hikes, bike rent, boat trips to Vilsandi island and in the archipelago. Info form Loona manor
Sea flora and fauna Silurian Cliffs corals, fossils Wild orchids Birds Gray seals Butterflies Coastal traditional culture (tar making, forest park, fishing, folklore)
There are numerous hiking paths and bird watching towers throughout the park. Old ahrbour places, light houses. Biking trails, bike rent, walking poles.
The official Estonian tourism website provides an extensive list of options for accommodation.