This weekend of sea kayaking and wild camping has something for everyone, as you circumnavigate the twin islands of Pakri.
The diversity of this trip would be hard to rival as you kayak your way to climb limestone cliffs, feast with the island natives, and enjoy a teepee sauna by the sea. When you return to dry land, the narrow streets of Tallinn await you - the best preserved medieval city of Northern Europe.
This unique experience includes:
- 2 days of sea kayaking
- 1 night of wild camping on a remote island
- 1 night hostel accommodation in Tallinn's old town
- Hiking on Pakri Islands
- Evening in a teepee sauna with drinks
- Professional, local, English-speaking guide
- All kayaking and camping equipment
- All meals
- Airport transfers
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Kayaking fans looking to escape the day-to-day and be almost transported back in time, surrounded by pristine nature.
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Meals as described
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Friday: Kayak to Suur-Pakri
Your host will meet you at Tallinn Airport at around noon for a 45-minute transfer to Padise Manor; an 18th century historic mansion housing a boutique hotel and restaurant in the Estonian countryside.
You’ll enjoy a traditional brunch before taking a 15-minute transfer to Kurkse port where you’ll be armed with your kit and kayaks before hitting the water.
The journey over to Suur-Pakri Island will be a gentle paddle taking around 2 hours. When you arrive, you’ll set up camp before heading off to explore.
You’ll start with a 1-hour hike to a local village where you’ll enjoy a traditional dinner with the locals who have inhabited the area for centuries.
Having enjoyed some delicious food and fascinating Soviet military stories, you’ll take a 30-minute tractor ride back to camp. The night is still young, so enjoy drinks around the campfire and indulge in a teepee sauna to round-off an unforgettable day.
2 hours kayaking, 1 hour hiking
Saturday: Exploring the shipwreck and limestone cliffs
After breakfast, you’ll hit the water again and paddle for just 20 minutes to the shipwreck which lies between the twin islands; deliberately sunk to serve as a target for military aircrafts, the wreck was bombed and shot at for decades.
The adventure continues with rock hopping the granite boulders in the sea and a 4km hike searching for fossils under the towering limestone cliff. Fancy a closer look? You’ll certainly get it as you climb 6m of the great 10m high limestone cliff face. After your climb, you can take a refreshing dip in the sea before stopping for a picnic lunch at the local chapel.
Refueled and ready to get back in your kayak, you’ll paddle 7km back to the mainland. You’ll be back on dry land from this point in as you’re transferred back to Tallinn (1-hour drive).
Spend the rest of the day discovering Tallinn old town at your leisure. Steeped in beauty, Tallinn is recognised as the best preserved medieval city in Northern Europe, boasting Gothic spires, winding cobblestone streets and enchanting architecture.
At the end of an extraordinary day, you’ll spend the night at a comfortable hostel in the city ahead of your journey home tomorrow.
2-3 hours kayaking
Sunday: Returning home
You’ll be transferred back to Tallinn Airport for a noon flight home today, so spend the morning as you wish; some last minute snaps of the magical medieval architecture, or simply find a suitable place for a leisurely breakfast.
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You’ll spend your first night wild camping beneath the stars in a single or 2-person tent on Suur-Pakri island.
Your second night will be spent at Fat Margaret's hostel, close to Tallinn Airport. The rooms here are clean and comfortable with free access to a sauna and a pool available in the mornings. The rooms are shared dorms and have shared bathroom facilities. There is optional extra to upgrade to single or double room.
The twin islands of Pakri lie in Finnish Gulf, 3kms from the Estonian coast. The islands have diverse landscape of rare habitats with only few centimeters of soil, a limestone cliff border to the northern coast of both islands and curious free range highland cows grazing on the meadows. The sea between the twins is a shallow and warm bird paradise dotted with soviet time ship wrecks ideal for nesting. It's the perfect place to get off the beaten path and have a unique nordic sea kayaking experience.
Tallin Airport - 12:00
Your adventure begins at Tallin Airport (TLL) where you will meet your guide and fellow adventurers in the arrivals area at 12:00. Please ensure your flight lands at least 30 minutes before the start point to get your transfer.
Tallin Airport - 10:00 or Tallin Town Centre
Your adventure ends when your host drops you at Tallin Airport (TLL) at 10:00 on Sunday morning. You are free to book any flight which departs after 12:00. Alternatively if you wish to stay for longer, you are welcome to make your own arrangements.
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