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Naissaar: Soviet Military & Coastal Folk Heritage Day Trip

1. Naissaar: Soviet Military & Coastal Folk Heritage Day Trip

Naissaar Island was a popular outing destination prior to World War 2, and home to the Aibofolk (Swedish heritage islanders) who made their fortunes as pilots and seal hunters and enjoyed lucrative business with privateers. The Soviet army then turned the island into a secluded military base. Explore the sights from the Soviet military period and remnants of pre-war life. Depart for a 1-hour boat voyage from the historic Lennusadam, enjoying beautiful views while passing Katherina Keys, Bald Island, and Midshallows Lighthouse. You’ll have an amazing opportunity to visit an abandoned sea mine stockyard that was once a top-secret Soviet military base. The secrecy of the base was of utmost importance and is surrounded by double-wire fences guarded by bloodhounds. Afterwards, see the Fire Boulder, another of the island’s landmarks with a thrilling tale to tell. As a final stop, get a true contrast to the military history with a visit to a sanctuary for the native people of the island and learn about the exciting past of its former inhabitants. At the end of the tour, take some time to wander on the beach.

Naissaar: Lighthouse and Fortress Military Vehicle Tour

2. Naissaar: Lighthouse and Fortress Military Vehicle Tour

Start your day of adventure by departing from the historic Lennusadam Port. From here, you will hop aboard your boat and enjoy a 1-hour, scenic boat voyage. Take in the great views of Katherina Keys, Bald Island, and Midshallows Lighthouse. Upon arrival on the Island, you will take a tour on a military truck safari. You will also enjoy a 1.5km walk. Visit the towering lighthouse and admire beautiful views of Tallinn across the water. Follow your trip to the lighthouse with a trek through the wild forest trails. Here you will be able to see the ruins of the Peter The Great Fortress, overgrown with lush vegetation. Then, take a break from your adventure for a nice and relaxing trip to a beautiful sandy beach.  End your trip with lunch and a scenic voyage back to the port.

From Tallinn: Naissaar Island Fatbike Day-Trip

3. From Tallinn: Naissaar Island Fatbike Day-Trip

Spend a day discovering the history and geography of Naissaar Island as you explore the island on fatbike with an audio guide, bike rental, and roundtrip tickets from Tallinn included. Your journey begins near the Seaplane Harbour Museum of Tallinn. From here you'll take a 1-hour, scenic boat trip to the island. Take in great views of Katherina Keys, Bald Island, and Midshallows Lighthouse. Choose between two different routes on the island. The Northern Trail (25 km) takes you through a primeval forest road that winds up to the Northern tip, where you can enjoy views of the island from the lighthouse and visit the fortress. On the Central Trail (15 km), you will visit the scenic Hülkar Cape with stunning sandy beaches, Southern Village, the remains of a USSR sea-mine stockyard, and mystical stone barrows.

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What people are saying about Naissaar

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 17 reviews

Wish a little more has been available about this trip - was significantly more challenging than what we expected. (POV: 2 intermediate bikers, accustomed to 20-30mi rides, *not* MBT however.) The bikes were great and clearly superior over anyone suffering in a hybrid - but the roads were 50% soft sand and rather challenging to maintain any speed on. Seeing most of the northern part required getting off roads which then led to true mountain biking on narrow and occasionally steep trails. We ‘survived’ the upper circuit but never had time to see the southern part, sadly. Also, would advise to bring lunch and plenty of water. The ferry was great and overall organization very smooth. Guided app tour was helpful.

Absolutely fascinating

The old fortress guntower underground turning mechanism is truly amazing to see, as well the majestic buildings themselves captured in time and overgrown by forest. Really should spend more time there. Lighthouse observation deck provides marvellous views, quite exhausting 207 steps though. Ride with old military vehicle is fun.

A special island with a special history. It is absolutely not touristy and that provides a very original experience. I thought the Tour was a bit on the short side; that could have been a bit more elaborate.

Great day out. A little bit more informative on how the day’s supposed to go and what’s next would of been appreciated but aside from that a great day.

Great tour into the past. We really enjoyed the truck ride and the lunch was really nice