Kihnu lighthouse

Kihnu is the largest island in the Gulf of Riga but the smallest municipality (together with neighboring islands) in Estonia.

It's located south east from Saaremaa Island and west from the mainland.


For many years, the men of Kihnu have been frequently gone to sea while the women ran the island and became the guardians of the island's cultural heritage which includes handicrafts, dances, games and music. Unlike men, they also wear their national costumes in everyday life. So it's quite normal to see an old woman dressed in traditional clothing driving a motorbike or even a tractor.

UNESCO proclaimed Kihnu's cultural space and traditions as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on November 7, 2003.


Lemsi, Linaküla, Rootsiküla and Sääre.


Because of the surrounding sea the climate on the island is soft and warmer than the Estonian average.

Get in

By ferry

Kihnu Island is connected by a frequent ferry service to Munalaid and Pärnu on the mainland. The ferries also carry cars. Bookings can be made via phone or internet.



Try to visit Kihnu during traditional celebrations of popular calendar or church holidays like Christmas, Midsummer's day and St. Catherine's Day, where you can witness genuine old traditions.

It's a good location for walking, fishing and bicycling (bikes can be rented on the island).

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