Estonian islands – best place for cycling ever

Estonian islands on the west of the country are considered as one of the most beautiful spots and absolutely a must-see spot in Estonia. But what is even better about them is their interest for cyclists-beginners. Baltics countries are known to be absolutely flat, but islands Saaremaa and Hiiumaa to addition to this are completely empty. Good asphalt roads exclusively for yourself – what can be better?

Cycling and Itinerary

Time: 4 days
Total distance: 120 km
Itinerary:

Cycling in Estonian islands, Saaremaa

How to get there?

By ferry for example. There is a regular connection between the continent and Hiiumaa island, as well as between Hiiumaa and Saaremaa (less regular though). Saaremaa is accessible via the bridge connecting with the little island Muhu, and from Muhu – another ferry to Virtsu. Bicycles are admitted, the cost of transportation will be slightly more expensive, but not violently. All the information and prices can be found here.

Cycling in Estonian islands

Accommodation

During this trip we tried: – a night in a hotel (empty, creepy and ridiculously expensive), CouchSurfing (worked great in Kuressaare, the islands capital) and a night in … Mõis. What the hell is this? Very simple – it’s a name of a manor in the Baltic countries. They used to belong to the rich, just like the castles in England belonged to the lords, but not many of them keep their manors in order these days. Some owners of mõis turn them into hotels or B&Bs with authentic Estonian décor. As we were celebrating our wedding anniversary, we offered ourselves a night in Oti Manor. His owner is an American of Estonian origin, who came back to his parent’s Motherland.

Cycling in Estonian islands, Saaremaa, Mosa

Oti Mõis

Cycling in Estonian islands, Saaremaa, Mosa

What to see?

First of all, enjoy the peace and solitude. :) That is something absolutely fantastic on the Estonian islands. Otherwise, make sure you visit:

 Hundreds of windmills. They are the trademark of the islands.

Cycling in Estonian islands, Saaremaa

 The coast of Kassari (Hiiumaa island)

Cycling in Estonian islands, Saaremaa

Cycling in Estonian islands, Saaremaa

Cycling in Estonian islands, Saaremaa

 Panga cliff (Saaremaa island)

Cycling in Estonian islands, Saaremaa

 Castle of Kuressaare

Cycling in Estonian islands, Saaremaa, Kuressaare

Cycling in Estonian islands, Saaremaa, Kuressaare

 Kaali crater – a lake formed as a result of a meteorite fallen on Saaremaa around 4 thousand years ago.

Cycling in Estonian islands, Saaremaa, Kaali lake

 Muhu St. Catherine’s Church (Muhu island)

Muhu church, Estonian islands

Muhu church, Estonian islands

 Sea, beach, peace.

Cycling in Estonian islands, Saaremaa

Cycling in Estonian islands, Saaremaa

Cycling in Estonian islands, Saaremaa

Cycling in Estonian islands, Saaremaa

Unfortunately, our timing didn’t allow seeing the stunning lighthouses of Saaremaa, or enjoying more natural wonders, but even 4 days cycling left us only the best impressions about this place. If you have ever been there, tell us what you liked about the islands the most.   

Cycling in Estonian islands, Saaremaa

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2017-05-13T13:05:08+00:00 June 12th, 2016|

2 Comments

  1. CyclistPro Sunday September 11th, 2016 at 05:27 PM - Reply

    Beautifull photos my friend. I would definitely one day cycle through Estonia. It is a wonderful country. You should definitely visit my country Bulgaria as well btw. :)
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    • independentpeople Sunday September 11th, 2016 at 05:55 PM - Reply

      Thanks! Estonia is easy and nice to cycle, no sport challenge whatsoever, but the sceneries of forest, sea and emptiness are worth i!

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