Day trip

Naissaar: Soviet Military & Coastal Folk Heritage Day Trip

4.3 / 5

14 reviews

Activity provider: Sunlines Cruises

Naissaar: Soviet Military & Coastal Folk Heritage Day Trip

Activity provider: Sunlines Cruises

From US$ 28.42 per person

Sail out to the remote Naissaar, also known as Women's Island, and discover its fascinating historical heritage and the lasting imprint of the island's former Soviet military presence.

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Duration 6.5 hours
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Host or greeter
English, Estonian, Finnish, Russian

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the sea mines stockyard and top-secret Soviet military base
  • Visit a sanctuary for the native people of the island
  • Stroll on the beautiful sandy beach
Full description
Naissaar Island was a popular outing destination prior to World War 2, and home to the Aibofolk (Swedish heritage islanders) who made their fortunes as pilots and seal hunters and enjoyed lucrative business with privateers. The Soviet army then turned the island into a secluded military base. Explore the sights from the Soviet military period and remnants of pre-war life. Depart for a 1-hour boat voyage from the historic Lennusadam, enjoying beautiful views while passing Katherina Keys, Bald Island, and Midshallows Lighthouse. You’ll have an amazing opportunity to visit an abandoned sea mine stockyard that was once a top-secret Soviet military base. The secrecy of the base was of utmost importance and is surrounded by double-wire fences guarded by bloodhounds. Afterwards, see the Fire Boulder, another of the island’s landmarks with a thrilling tale to tell. As a final stop, get a true contrast to the military history with a visit to a sanctuary for the native people of the island and learn about the exciting past of its former inhabitants. At the end of the tour, take some time to wander on the beach.
Includes
  • Boat tickets
  • GPS-based navigator/audio guide
  • Island visitor fee
  • Hotel pickup
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Meet your guide at Pier #A3, Lennusadam (Seaplane Museum Harbor), Vesilennuki 6, Tallinn. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure for check-in.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 14 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5

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The island was really nice and it was a great hike with the audio guide. The sea mines were especially interesting to see. The only negative is that it was quite unclear what was actually included in the tour that we booked, and the other reviews have conflicting info as well.

June 21, 2022

A special island with a special history. It is absolutely not touristy and that provides a very original experience. I thought the Tour was a bit on the short side; that could have been a bit more elaborate.

August 22, 2022

August 14, 2022

Product ID: 204214