5 reasons to visit Prangli Island

Thanks to satellites we have discovered that Estonia has 2222 islands. Therefore, there are great many islands which have their own uniqueness. If you wish to visit Estonian islands, we recommend to start with Prangli. Here are 5 reasons to visit Prangli island.

1) Prangli Island is the closest island to Tallinn that has maintained its native population and culture

People have inhabited the island for over 600 consecutive years, which makes Prangli the only Northern Estonian island with native settlement based on year-round inhabitants. There’s an old saying that Prangli is located behind God’s back. It’s situated between Finland and Estonia. During Soviet times, even at the border of the Iron Curtain, the island has retained its local dialect, traditions and the culture of coastal people.

Fences on Prangli island.

Old traditional houses on Prangli.

Historical wooden ships are well-preserved and still in use.

Traditional Prangli island boat is called “eistuk”

2) Prangli is untouched by mass tourism 

Prangli is a rather tiny island, yet it has surprisingly diverse and untouched nature. Pine forests, coastal meadows, juniper fields, long sunsets on lonely sand beaches offer enjoyment to nature lovers. With each year, the mysterious, timeless aura and unique fishing villages of Prangli delight equally Estonians and tourists who are visiting Tallinn.

H. Hirvesoo. Unforgettable sunsets on a beautiful Estonian island.

Long summer days on Prangli.

Pine forest on Prangli

Pine forest on Prangli

Virtuaalne reisijuht Prangli saarel.

Enjoy the lonely sand beaches.

3) The weather is better than on the mainland

In summer, there is usually less rain and more sunny days on Prangli island than in the mainland of Estonia. Go figure but it’s true…

Clear blue sky makes day trip to Prangli island memorable

Clear blue sky makes day trip to Prangli island memorable

4) The islanders drive old soviet cars

Riding in an old open-top soviet truck or a jeep is definitely an adventure on its own. This kind of transportation is only allowed on some Estonian islands due to the special “small island law”.  Therefore, it’s impossible to find these kind of cars on the mainland. Have a chance to try it out on the Prangli Island Day Trip from Tallinn. See for yourself how fun it is.

© Marko Poolamets. Saareekskursioon toimub kastiautos või jeebiga.

© Marko Poolamets. Island tour is on an open-top soviet truck or…

Meeli Laidvee. Prangli Island tour in the back of a jeep.

Meeli Laidvee. Prangli Island tour in the back of a jeep.

5) Traditional food is still held in esteem

The islanders have very strong fishing traditions. Therefore it’s possible to taste the local fish dishes. Smoked flounder and eel are still one of the favourites on the island. There is also “prägeldis” (impossible to translate) that every now and then locals munch on. It’s a traditional dish only found on Prangli island. It’s basically a hotchpotch of all the week’s leftover food. Sounds tasty, doesn’t it!

Midsummer Eve. Estonian Islands. Prangli saar.

Flounder is one the most enjoyed fish on Prangli island.

kadakamarjad Prangli saarel. Prangli Reisid

Juniper berries are added to dishes for the flavor.

The most convenient way to visit this unique Estonian Island is by joining the day trip to Prangli Island from Tallinn City Centre or do the self-guided tour on the island.

Get to know the traditions, hear the stories and legends, enjoy the nature and experience the island aura!