During the summer season, passenger ferries make regular trips to Aegna, Naissaar and Prangli islands just off the coast of Tallinn. The extensive military history of Aegna and Naissaar stretches back to the Tsarist era. During the Soviet era in Estonia, the islands were part of a tightly-controlled border zone, with restricted access to all three islands.
Nowadays the islands are popular for their nature, particularly for the quiet pine forests and secluded beaches. Naissaar is known for the remnants of its military infrastructure, as well as its narrow gauge railway.
Prangli, on the other hand, is unique among the three for having maintained its fishing-village culture since the 13th century. It is the only Northern Estonian Island, that has been continuously inhabited for more than 600 years now. It still has very strong traditions in fishing, its own dialect of Estonian language, very diverse nature and friendly locals. Prangli is untouched by mass tourism and has wonderful sandy beaches and pine forests that create enough fresh air to overwhelm the senses.
Transportation to the islands:
To Aegna: 60 min by vessel Vesta (operated by AS Kihnu Veeteed)
To Naissaar: 60 min by vessel Monica
60 min by vessel Katharina
To Prangli: 60 min by vessel Wrangö