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Sea Kayaking and Wild Camping in Estonia

A unique Nordic sea experience, exploring beautiful Estonian islands steeped in fascinating history. 1 day off work.

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Adventures / Kayak Journeys

Sea Kayaking and Wild Camping in Estonia

A unique Nordic sea experience, exploring beautiful Estonian islands steeped in fascinating history. 1 day off work.

DURATION
2 nights
LOCATION
Estonia
FLY TO
Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport
DIFFICULTY
Moderate

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

**Perfect for: **
Kayaking fans looking to escape the day-to-day and be almost transported back in time, surrounded by pristine nature.

As featured in The Guardian Travel for weekends away.

Included

Accommodation

Airport Transfers

Equipment

Local transport

Meals as described

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 flat hiking (approximately 4km)
Meals: Lunch and dinner

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.

Refuelled 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, 1 hour beach hiking
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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.

10-minute drive
Meals: breakfast

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

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.

Private Room Upgrade:
For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for the second night in the hostel for £12 per person (subject to availability). Please request this at the time of booking.

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.

Start Point

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.

Finish Point

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 11:30. Alternatively if you wish to stay for longer, you are welcome to make your own arrangements.

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to and from Tallinn airport
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8.

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

You should be healthy, active and able to swim but no previous kayaking experience is needed.

In general the summers are warm with dominating high pressure systems. The summer season average temperatures are 17-20˚C; July and August being warmer than June.

You'll enjoy seasonal food harvested locally and throughout Estonia. At dinner on day 1 with the local Swedish residents, you’ll enjoy roast beef from the highland cattle with red wine, or a vegetarian alternative.

If you have any special requests, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

  • All kayaking gear (kayak, paddle, neoprene-kevlar spraydeck, dry bags, drysuit (if needed))
  • 2 person tent
  • Self-inflatable mattress
  • Sleeping bags
  • Sporting clothes for paddling (quick trying clothes)
  • Long sleeve clothes for evening in the camp
  • Lightweight and packable waterproof jacket (just in case)
  • A travel-towel for sauna (and swimwear if needed, but locals might be naked!)
  • Water bottle

Other recommendations are:

  • Sun screen
  • Head-torch for camp
  • Camera
  • Insect repellant
  • Mobile phone
  • Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

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Our group adventures are adult only however if you would like to bring children along this can be arranged by requesting a private trip with the host. This trip is suitable for children from age 12 only.

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

Yes, any extra luggage you have with you can be left with your local host when you start kayaking on Day 1. You'll be reunited with this at the end of Kayaking on Day 2.

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