Hiiumaa included among best little-known European islands (2)
British daily The Guardian has included the Estonian island of Hiiumaa among the “best European islands you've probably never heard of”.
“The smell of nature hangs heavy on Hiiumaa: from white sand beaches slightly damp after a rainfall, and seaweed sweetly fermenting at one end of the beach. The second largest island in Estonia, this is the place to come if you have a book to write or pictures to paint. There’s not much to do other than tramp along the coastal paths and admire centuries-old Baltic-style lighthouses. For history buffs, there’s an old Soviet bunker to explore, but mostly people come here to feel the sand between their toes and clear their heads,” the daily wrote, adding that thanks to the island’s microclimate, Hiiumaa is a lot warmer than Estonia’s mainland.
Hiiumaa is located in the Baltic Sea, north of the island of Saaremaa, with a population of just over 9,100 people.
Hiiumaa is served by Kärdla Airport, with regular flights to Tallinn, plus ferry services. In winter, an ice road connecting Hiiumaa island with mainland is the longest in Europe, at 25 kilometers.