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The coast of Vormsi island

Vormsi [2] is a small island in Estonia.

The island is called Ormsö in Swedish.


Estonia's fourth largest island, Vormsi, is located between Hiiumaa and the mainland with a total area of 93 square kilometers. It is part of a rural municipality Vormsi Parish. From mainland, Vormsi is separated by a narrow strait – Voosi Kurk, and from Hiiumaa by a bit wider Hari Kurk.

Historically Vormsi was inhabited by coastal Swedes and before World War II more than 2500 people lived on the island. During the Soviet occupation Vormsi was a closed border-zone, where guests could arrive only with government permission. Today approximately 300 inhabitants live in the island.


The nature on the island is very diverse. Vormsi Nature Reserve has been brought to life to protect the numerous plant and bird species supported by coastal grasslands, reed beds, alvars, forests, bays and lagoons.

Get in

By ferry

You can take a ferry to the island from Rohuküla port (108 km from Tallinn and ~10km from Haapsalu) to Sviby in Vormsi. The trip takes 45minutes and can be booked via phone or online [3].

If you're going by car, make sure you refuel, because there aren't any petrol stations on Vormsi.

Get around

Vormsi is best toured by bicycle or on foot. Both bikes and boats can be rented on the island.


  • Vormsi Landscape Reserve, [1].
  • Vormsi cemetary. See Celtic crosses from the 13th century.
  • Norby Rear Light. Lighthouse located in the north-east coast.





The island has several dedicated places for camping - either for free or for a fee. There are also several guest houses.

The official Estonian tourism website provides an extensive list of options for accommodation in Vormsi [4].

Get out

  • Haapsalu, major seaside resort town
  • Pärnu, historical resort seaside city with a small harbour, Estonia's summer capital
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