10 fun facts about Aksi Island in Estonia
Aksi Island is about 2.3 kilometres long and only 500 metres wide island near Prangli Island in Estonia. Grassland with a few juniper bushes and rocky shores dominate the island that has only few remains of old houses. We organise both private and group tours to Aksi Island. This summer already, everyone can join our group tours to Aksi! The island has rich history and much of it is preserved thanks to a photographer that once lived on the island.
1. The first inhabitants were sent to Aksi Island from Prangli on 18th century
According to folk tales, the men who were sent to Aksi Island did not manage to live there and soon moved back to Prangli Island. Permanent settlement started when a man called Aabram who was working in Prangli Island, married a local girl called Mari and rented Aksi Island from Haljava manor. The couple moved to the island in 1797. Aabram had many professions – he was a carpenter, a smith, a fisherman and a farmer. The work was never finished on the island as they needed to build new buildings, prepare the grassland for animals, build stone fences, go fishing and much more. During the autumn when Aabram and Mari moved to Aksi Island, in total five large boats were wrecked near Aksi Island. These gave enough building material for the couple.
During the time when family names were given in Estonia, the family living on Aksi Island was named Aksberg. Aabram and Mari had three sons, but only one of them grew up. He was called Jüri and Jüri had three children, each had their own farm built on Aksi. The third child of Jüri had ten children, so the Aksberg family grew so big that they did not fit on the island anymore. Some of them moved to Viimsi peninsula and others to the coastal villages of Jõelähtme.
2. The people of Aksi Island were talented in music
The Aksberg family was talented. A wind orchestra and a singing choir was active on the island. Many played the organ at home. The Aksbergs also made their own instruments like the organs and the harmoniums. Every farm had an organ, some brought from the mainland and some self-made. In the 19th century it was very rare to have an organ at home. According to the memories of the locals, the one who encouraged them to buy the organs was a Swedish officer David We