Hiiumaa is a little different land. There are no dozens of churches or large manors here, or kilometres-long stone fences, bordering the village streets.
Here is only Suuremõisa castle – one of the most beautiful of its era in Estonia and some lighthouses of which one is the oldest lighthouse in Europe.
A few abandoned homesteads along with ancient trees and sedge meadows in the middle of the forest.
A few elements from the former manor or a village, remaining in the landscape.
The nature of Hiiumaa is a little different. There are no coastal cliffs here tens of metres high or clear lakes hiding under high forests and mountains.
A one-day trip to Hiiumaa uncovers no more than asphalt roads and public swimming places.
Although the island of Hiiumaa has over 300 km of seashore, it is not assigned to be seen for everyone.
Yet, those who have taken the time for themselves and for Hiiumaa can find here all kinds of beaches – from the sandy beaches with ancient coastal pines to reedbeds...
... from a variety of plant communities in virgin forests to bog pine forests. From rapidly varying landscapes and spacious coastal meadows to the highest mountains in West-Estonia.
The weather in Hiiumaa is a little different. In winter, the snow covers the trees and roads only for the beauty of it.
Autumn lasts long as a nostalgic memory of summer, which can magically be called back by travelling from the freezing North-Estonia to this place just a few hours away.
The history of Hiiumaa is a little different. There are no heroic battles fought here, nor any miracles built.
Nevertheless, there are people who can feel the greatness of the former times here better than anywhere else can.
Imagining how the intact peninsulas and the villages, without any pines, were still open for the view in the early 20th century.
Imagining how large sailboats were built on the island’s beaches... and a dozen of large sailing ships gathered for winter to the port of Orjaku.
Even people are a little different here. The locals have been great travelers through the centuries. Travelling was mostly done from the island, to look for a better life. Sometimes people returned.
Although the locals have constantly brought something home from their sailing and used the things brought in their everyday life, it is rather to ensure a much easier life. Not to get rich.
Some recognise the humour of the locals with which they treat themselves and others. Some say that it has always been easier to work at a factory than to educate the poor land of Hiiumaa or sail the sea in wooden boats.
In any event, the locals have never been worshipers of a great success and money, being able to spoil even the forward-looking resettler within a couple of decades. Such a lifestyle has a calming effect on someone coming from a very large city, or a troubling effect on someone coming from a smaller city.
Nowadays, it is very hard to meet a local who was born and raised in Hiiumaa, and even harder to get to know one.
So that you can come on a little different island and feel a little differently.