• 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.