Sea Kayak Western Estonia

Explore the waters of the Matsalu National Park with a weekend of sea kayaking and wildcamping among deserted islands, then relax in a floating sauna. 1 day off work.

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Sea Kayak Western Estonia

Explore the waters of the Matsalu National Park with a weekend of sea kayaking and wildcamping among deserted islands, then relax in a floating sauna. 1 day off work.

On this weekend you’ll paddle through a birdwatcher’s paradise among tiny islets that are home to endless species of birds and wildlife, hike on a protected island with remarkable cliffs, relax in a floating sauna, and more. Along the way you’ll dine on gourmet Estonian food and fresh seafood. Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 2 days of sea kayaking in Matsalu National Park
  • 1 night of wildcamping on a remote islet
  • 1 night of camping at a local farm
  • Hiking on Kesselaid Island
  • Professional, local, English-speaking guide
  • All meals
  • Evening in a floating sauna
  • All kayaking and camping equipment
  • Airport transfers

Perfect for:
This is the perfect weekend getaway for active travelers, nature lovers and foodies. This adventure is suitable for anyone with a good level of fitness. No previous kayaking experience needed.

What to Expect

Friday: Arrival and paddling to Kesselaid Island

Your guide will meet you at Tallin Airport at midday and drive you 1 ½ hours away to the coastal town of Puise.

Stop on the way to enjoy a gourmet lunch at Mimosa Restaurant.

Pack up your kayaks, learn about kayaking technique and safety, then head into Matsalu Bay.

You’ll paddle among scenic islets in the bay, stopping often to observe wildlife and birds on shore. Matsalu National Park is a migratory bird hotspot with over 2 million birds passing through each spring.

Arrive on Kesselaid Island in the afternoon. Set up camp, cook a BBQ dinner over a campfire, and relax in a floating sauna while listening to the waves.

Saturday: Hiking and island hopping

Wake up to hot coffee and breakfast around the fire, then hike across the island.

Kesselaid Island is home to forests of spruce, birch and lime trees, as well as fascinating limestone cliffs that have been protected since 1938.

Walk back to camp, repack your kayaks and head back into the bay.

You’ll visit numerous islets with bird colonies on your way to Kumari Island while having the chance to spot the curious Baltic grey seals that are following your kayak. Stop there for a picnic lunch on the beach, then make your way back to the mainland.

You’ll spend the night at a small farm in Puise. More than a farm, the Puise Nina guesthouse has a bird watching tower, camping space, and a kitchen serving delicious Estonian food and fresh seafood.

Enjoy a fun evening with your fellow adventurers before settling in for the night.

Sunday: Departure

Wake up to a delicious homemade breakfast and gorgeous sea views.

Your guide will drive you back to the airport in time to catch a midday flight home.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

You’ll spend 1 night wildcamping on Kesselaid Island. Your host will provide all camping equipment except for sleeping bags (available for rent). You’ll enjoy a campfire, BBQ dinner and a floating sauna that night.

Your second night will be spent camping at a local farm in Puise. The farm is located right on the shore of Matsalu Bay. It features a bird watching tower and an onsite restaurant serving delicious Estonian dishes and seafood.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Location

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Your trip will start and end in Puise, a coastal town 1 ½ hours from Tallinn. Puise is located right on the shores of Matsalu Bay National Park. Matsalu Bay and the Kasari River delta wetlands provide important habitat for migratory birds. More than 2 million birds pass through each spring, including swans, scaups, ducks, geese, cranes and eagles. There have been 282 species of birds and 47 species of mammals sighted in the park.

The bay is very shallow, averaging just 1.5m depth, and contains more than 40 islands and islets, most of which are very small and low-lying.

Kesselaid Island, where you’ll camp, has been a protected area since 1938. Compared to other islands in the bay, Kesselaid is large (1.7 square kilometers) and tall (15.6m). It’s home to forests of spruce, beech and lime trees. One of its shores is composed of exposed limestone and sandstone cliffs that formed 400+ million years ago.

Start point?
Your guide will meet you at Tallinn Airport at 12:00 on Friday, coinciding with the arrival of a Ryanair flight from London-Stansted. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You will be dropped off on Sunday at Tallinn Airport around 10:00, in time to catch the 12:00 Ryanair flight back to London-Stansted. You can book any flight that departs after 12:00. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Tallinn Airport (TLL) is served by frequent, inexpensive flights from Europe, including direct flights from London on easyJet and Ryanair.

Alternate options for getting to Tallinn are:

  • Ferry from Helsinki: Fly into Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL), take the train into the city (~EUR 20), then catch the ferry to Tallinn (EUR 35, 1 hour 40 minutes). From the Tallinn ferry port take the #2 bus or a taxi (EUR 7) to Tallinn Airport for the arranged pickup.
  • Bus from Riga: Fly into Riga Airport (RIX), take the bus into town, then take another bus to Tallinn (~EUR 20, 5 hours). From the Tallinn bus station you can walk (20 minutes) or take a taxi (4 minutes, EUR 4) to the airport for the arranged pickup.

You can get any flights that suit you, but make sure they fit the times above so you don’t miss the included transfers. We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Travel to/from Tallinn Airport
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks at restaurants
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 8.
Please note, if there are not 4 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Our Epic Weekends are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travelers and very small groups of 2 or 3, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

You’ll eat some meals at camp, and others at local restaurants. The restaurants serve gourmet seafood and other fresh, locally-sourced, organic foods. While camping on the island you’ll enjoy a BBQ dinner with fresh vegetables and bread.

Absolutely. Just let us know at booking.

Sea kayaking in the Baltic Sea is warmer and calmer than you might expect, but you’re still pretty far north, so you need to be prepared for fickle weather, some waves, and the chill of the water if you get splashed. Each day’s activity will last about 10 hours with 5 hours of actual paddling.

This trip is suitable for any skill level, from first-time kayakers with an adventurous spirit, to experienced sea kayakers. You need to have a good level of fitness so you can enjoy up to 5 hours of paddling each day.

This trip runs in the middle of summer, helping ensure pleasant weather. In June and July the average daytime temperatures in Neeme are 18 – 22 °C, cooling off to 9 – 11 °C at night. It’s sunny more than half the days each month.

Your host will provide everything you need for kayaking, and most of what you need for camping, including:

  • NDK/SKUK 1-person sea kayak
  • Celtic paddle
  • Spraydeck
  • PFD
  • Drysuit
  • Dry bag
  • Neoprene shoes
  • Tent (2 – 3 person)
  • Inflatable sleeping pad

Pack for a variety of conditions so you can be comfortable no matter the weather. Recommended items include:

  • Hiking shoes
  • Comfortable, breathable shirts and trousers/shorts for paddling on warm days
  • Thermal top and bottom for paddling on cool days
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock)
  • Waterproof jacket with hood, and waterproof trousers
  • Water bottle
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Warm jacket for evenings
  • Warm hat for evenings
  • Head torch
  • Sleeping bag (available for rent)

Start point?
Your guide will meet you at Tallinn Airport at 12:00 on Friday, coinciding with the arrival of a Ryanair flight from London-Stansted. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You will be dropped off on Sunday at Tallinn Airport around 10:00, in time to catch the 12:00 Ryanair flight back to London-Stansted. You can book any flight that departs after 12:00. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Tallinn Airport (TLL) is served by frequent, inexpensive flights from Europe, including direct flights from London on easyJet and Ryanair.

Alternate options for getting to Tallinn are:

  • Ferry from Helsinki: Fly into Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL), take the train into the city (~EUR 20), then catch the ferry to Tallinn (EUR 35, 1 hour 40 minutes). From the Tallinn ferry port take the #2 bus or a taxi (EUR 7) to Tallinn Airport for the arranged pickup.
  • Bus from Riga: Fly into Riga Airport (RIX), take the bus into town, then take another bus to Tallinn (~EUR 20, 5 hours). From the Tallinn bus station you can walk (20 minutes) or take a taxi (4 minutes, EUR 4) to the airport for the arranged pickup.

You can get any flights that suit you, but make sure they fit the times above so you don’t miss the included transfers. We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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