Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is a city that has only been making its way into the tourism market in recent years. Located on the coast, on the Gulf of Finland, this destination, although little known compared to other European capitals, has everything a city can offer: history, culture, architecture, large green areas, nightlife and affordable prices. And the thing that will immediately catch your eye is how in this city tradition and modernity coexist, the way in which the almost futuristic structures blend with the ancient buildings.
Moreover, with its strategic position, it is a perfect point to explore all the surrounding areas. Here are some tips for you on best day trips around Tallinn.
- Naissaar Island
- Lahemaa National Park
- Jägala waterfall and Harjumaa county
- Prangli Island
- User questions and comments
1 - Island of Naissaar
L'Naissaar Island it is located off the coast of Estonia, about 8 kilometers from the mainland. To reach it, in summer several boats leave from the port of Tallin but, to better discover this island and its history, we recommend that you take part in an organized tour with a guided tour that will give you all the information.
The Island of Naissar, before the Second World War, was also a popular tourist destination, but was later transformed into military base from the Soviet army, whose remains can still be admired today.
Nowadays the island is inhabited by only 5 people, the surface of the territory is covered for 83% by forests and vegetation and, for this reason, it has become a important natural park, which also hosts rare species inside.
Especially recommended is the Island Lighthouse and Underground Tunnel Tour, which includes transport to / from the port of Tallin, a guided tour on foot and aboard a military vehicle while listening to the history of the island and trekking in the forest to discover the ruins of the military base.
- Range: 8 km
- in summer the boats to reach the island leave from the port of Tallin; also for the tour the meeting point is Molo A3, Lennusadam, Vesilennuki 6 - Get directions
- the tour lasts 7 hours; departure at 10:00
- starting from € 79,00 per person
- Naissaar: Soviet Military and Coastal Folklore Day Trip Naissaar Island Lighthouse and Underground Tunnel Tour Naissaar: Women's Island Cruise
2 - Lahemaa National Park
Il Lahemaa National Park it is located almost 67 kilometers east of Tallinn, which can be reached in about 50 minutes by car. We recommend that you take part in a tour to discover this vast area, but in case you want to visit it on your own you will have to rent a car, as it is almost impossible to move around it by means of transport.
Lahemaa National Park is a 'protected natural area established in 1971 and which covers approximately 72.500 hectares. The purpose of this reserve is the conservation, research and promotion of Estonian landscapes, its ecosystems, its biodiversity and its important national heritage. The Park is home to numerous animal species, including fish, mammals, such as wolves, bears, moose, lynxes and beavers, and 222 species of birds, some of which are in danger of extinction. Along the coast, bathed by the Baltic Sea, there are several fishing landscapes, among which Kasmu, the village of the sea captains.
One of the tours we recommend is Lahemaa National Park: 1 day tour from Tallinn, which includes transport to / from Tallin and a guide who will follow you all the time, to whom you can ask any questions you have:
- Range: 67 km
- the park is located 67 kilometers between Tallin, reachable in 50 minutes by car - Get directions; the meeting point for the tour is the Tallinn Tourist Information Center, at Niguliste 2 - Get Directions
- the tour lasts 7 hours; departure at 9:30
- starting from € 67,00 per person (at least 2 participants required)
- Lahemaa National Park: full-day tour from Tallinn
3 - Jägala waterfall and Harjumaa county
La Jägala waterfall it is located just under 26 kilometers from Tallin, about half an hour by car, not far from the entrance to the Lahemaa National Park. This, with its width of 50 meters and height of 8 meters, is the largest natural waterfall in Estonia. In winter, when it freezes, you can walk behind the ice curtain and admire all its beauty.
We recommend that you take part in the Jägala Waterfall and Harjumaa County tour: a tour from Tallinn, which, beyond the Jägala Waterfall, will take you to discover the Harjumaa County, the most populous in the country and of which the capital is also part. This is one of the 15 counties of Estonia and directly overlooks the Baltic Sea. On its shoulders it carries a heavy history: during the Second World War, during the Navist occupation, the Klooga concentration camp was built in one of its municipalities; during the Soviet occupation of the Baltic republics, however, many Estonians who lived in this area were deported to Siberia and numerous Russians settled in their place.
- Range: 26 km
- located 26 kilometers from Tallin, reachable in 32 minutes by car - Get directions; This tour includes hotel pickup
- the tour lasts 5 hours; departure at 10:00
- starting from € 89,00 per person (at least 2 participants required)
- Jägala Waterfall & Harjumaa County Tour from Tallinn Tallinn: Old Town Tour and Jägala Waterfall
4 - Island of Prangli
Prangli is an Estonian island in the Gulf of Finland, about 35 kilometers from Tallin. To reach it, you have to take the ferry from the port of Leppneeme, 17 kilometers from the capital, about 25 minutes by car, to the port of Kelnase, present on the island. To optimize time and to better discover this island and its history, we recommend that you take part in an organized tour.
The first documents concerning the island of Prangli date back to 1387, when it housed a colony of Swedish citizens. Estonian culture, on the other hand, began to spread around the th century. This place, considered a real hidden treasure, is mainly one fishermen area, and still today you can visit his village with more than 600 years. Once you set foot on the island you will feel in another era, as if time had never moved on here, an experience that must be lived.
One of the tours we recommend is the From Tallinn: 1 day tour to Prangli Island, which includes transport to / from Tallin, ferry ticket included, the visit of the island in a pickup truck and museum tickets:
- Range: 35,3 km
- the ferry to Prangli Island takes you from the port of Leppneeme, 17 kilometers from the capital, about 25 minutes by car, and leaves one in the morning and one in the afternoon - Get directions; the meeting point for the tour is the Tallinn Tourist Information Center, at Niguliste 2 - Get Directions
- the tour lasts about 9 hours; departure at 8:00
- starting from € 89,00 per person (at least 2 participants required)
- From Tallinn: Full-Day Tour to Prangli Island
5 - Helsinki
Since port of Tallin so many ferries depart that will take you to different destinations. One of them connects the Estonian capital to the Finnish capital, Helsinki. In about two hours of navigation you will change state. There are three different companies offering this service, with a total of 12 trips per day, so by booking early you can find affordable prices.
Helsinki, however, being a small city, is lively and full of things to see. From Kauppatori, the beautiful port market where you can stop for breakfast once you get off the ferry. Here, in addition to food kiosks, you will find many craft stalls with typical Finnish objects. We then recommend a visit to the beautiful Temppeliaukio Church, the Lutheran Church carved into the rock. And don't forget absolutely Senate Square, the main square of the city and its beautiful Cathedral. And take advantage of this day to taste some traditional Finnish dishes, including fish soups and reindeer meat.
- Range: 85,9 km
- there are 3 different companies that take you directly to Helsinki from the port of Tallin: Tallink Silja (6 trips a day), Viking Line (3 trips a day) and Eckerö Line (3 trips a day); travel time about 2 hours; the ferry ticket costs starting from € 35,00 per person - Get directions
- the city is always accessible, the ferries are active from 6:00 to 22:30
- cost of the ferry starting from € 35,00; attractions in Helsinki vary in price
- From Tallinn: Round Trip Ferry Ticket to Helsinki Helsinki: Hop-on Hop-off Bus 24-Hour Ticket Helsinki: Guided City Tour Helsinki: Small Group Walking Tour