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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.

  • Estonia
  • May—September
  • Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport, Tallinn-ulemiste International. Check flights

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.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to and from Tallinn airport
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Sleeping bag rental (optional)

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 and active 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.

The food is seasonal and harvested mostly in Estonia. At the traditional dinner with the Swedish residents, you’ll enjoy roast beef from the highland cattle with red wine.

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
  • Cutlery
  • Sleeping bag (available for rent)
  • Long sleeve clothes for evening in the camp
  • Sporting clothes for paddling (quick trying clothes)
  • A towel for sauna (and swimwear if needed, but locals might be naked)
  • Sun screen
  • Flashlight/headtorch (if travelling August and September)
  • Insect repellent

Other recommendations are: - Camera - Mobile phone - Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

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Location

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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?

You will be met at Tallinn Airport. Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land by 11:35 or earlier. Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Finish point?

You will be dropped off at Tallinn Airport. You are free to book any flight that departs after 12:00. Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?

Tallinn Airport (TLL) is served by regular inexpensive flights. You can get any flight that suits you, but make sure they fit the times above to take advantage of the included transfers. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

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 Swedish residents 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.

10-minute drive

Accommodation

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.

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Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Sleeping Bag Rental Payable Before Departure
Sleeping Bag Rental £20.00 Per Person
Additional Night - Hostel Payable Before Departure
Additional Night - Hostel £20.00 Per Person, Per Night
Single Occupancy (Day 2) Payable Before Departure
Single Occupancy (Day 2) £5.00 Per Person, Per Night

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