Vacation in nature

Vacation in nature

Here you can hike, listen to the sounds of the nature, watch and take photos of birds and animals, familiarize yourself with the local sights and visit the island of Vilsandi and its lighthouse .

Hiking trails in the national park are long and for this reason we recommend travelling by bike. Bicycle rent is available at the Loona Manor guesthouse and island of Vilsandi at €10 per day. Bicycles can also be rented at the parking area of the Harilaid hiking trail.

Information about moving around in Vilsandi National Park and its surroundings is available at the reception of the Loona Manor guesthouse as well as at the visitor centre of the national park . The visitor centre is located at the former cattle barn and is at a short walking distance from Loona guesthouse.

In 2009 Vilsandi natinal park successfully participated in the competition „The Undiscovered Treasures of Estonia. Tourism and Protected Areas". During the competition a film was made:

Vilsandi National Park

Vilsandi National Park (founded in 1910) is the oldest nature protection area in the Baltics (founded as a bird reserve in 1910), which was reorganised as the Vilsandi National Park in 1993. Its purpose is to protect, preserve, study and introduce the marine and coastal landscapes, their natural values and cultural heritage.

The park covers an area of 23 880 ha, of which more than half is the costal sea, where there are about 160 islands, islets and reefs (1/10 of the whole Estonian islands). Vilsandi National Park comprises the Island of Vilsandi with the islets and boulders surrounding it, the bays of Kihelkonna, Kuusnõmme and Atla with the islands in them, and the peninsulas of Elda, Eeriksaar, Kuusnõmme and Harilaid. Vilsandi itself is small – 6 km long and barely 3 km wide.

Tourism promoting natural values and heritage culture is given preference in the development of the national park. The list of its cultural and natural values is impressive:

  • A prime bird watching location – it is a breeding and nesting ground for over 247 species of birds (114 species in spring). Among others you will find the Common Eider (Somateria mollissima), the Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis), the White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) and the Turnstone (Arenaria). On mild winter more than 70 species, including the rare Steller’s Eider (Polysticta stelleri), winter here.
  • Abundant vegetation – there are 600 to 700 plant species, including many rarities that grow on the juniper-covered heritage landscapes and forests – over 30 species of orchids, as well as an endemic species of rattle (Rhinanthus osiliensis) and ivy (Hedera helix), for which this is the northernmost limit of its range.
  • One of the largest resting (summer) and nesting (winter) sites of grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) in Estonia. The Grey Seal Webcam is located here in Vilsandi National Park.
  • People interested in geology will find outcrops of Silurian limestone containing plenty of fossils and fossilised corals on the west coast and on Vilsandi.
  • And of course, our rich cultural heritage!

Read more about the Vilsandi Nationa Park (in Estonian) on the Environmental Board and the State Forest Management Centre pages and also on the Facebook page of Vilsandi National Park.