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Two islands laying so close and still so different - those are the biggest islands of Estonia.

Saaremaa is the biggest island. Most suitable for describing it, is the phrase from our beloved movie: we hae the gey an guid juniper, we hae the gey an big stones, we hae the gey an hard warker. Islanders have maintained mostly their traditional way of life - fishing is the most common source of subsistence. Islanders are well known by their toughness - no wonder they are compared to vikings, but their infinite friendliness and empathy are the values you can hardly find on this planet.

Saaremaa is known by its meteorite crater in Kaali that is a backbone of large number of myths and religions in Scandinavia and Europe. In west- Saaremaa there is a small island called Vilsandi just a few kilometers from the coast that is a national park, but actually famous for having the only tractor-boat collision known in the world. That is because you can wade on foot from shore to the island in case of good weather conditions and someone hitchhiking to boat in the middle of the sea is a standard here.

 

Hiiumaa is one of the most separated places in Estonia. You have to take 1,5h boat ride to get there, or use 28-30 km ice road, longest in Europe, over the sea in winter. During winter the island is almost empty and to visit your closest neighbor you should drive sometimes tens of kilometers. During summer place is crowded, but only with people who value true wild emotions. Kõpu peninsula is nice place to have a surfing vacation, during winter it’s good place to observe white-tailed eagles or seal pups. To visit Hiiumaa you should have time and patience, because in stormy seasons it might take days to get back to the mainland.