Vormsi

Saxby lighthouse

Vormsi is a small island in Estonia.

The island is called Ormsö in Swedish.

Understand

Historically Vormsi was inhabited by coastal Swedes and before World War II more than 2500 people lived on the island. During the Soviet occupation Vormsi was a closed border-zone, where guests could arrive only with government permission. There are approximately 240 inhabitants.

Nature

The nature on the island is very diverse. Vormsi Nature Reserve has been brought to life to protect the numerous plant and bird species supported by coastal grasslands, reed beds, alvars, forests, bays and lagoons.

Get in

By ferry

You can take a ferry to the island from Rohuküla port (108 km from Tallinn and ~10km from Haapsalu) to Sviby in Vormsi. The trip takes 45minutes and can be booked via phone or online .

If you're going by car, make sure you refuel, because there aren't any petrol stations on Vormsi.

Get around

Vormsi is best toured by bicycle or on foot. Both bikes and boats can be rented on the island.

See

Sleep

The island has several dedicated places for camping - either for free or for a fee. There are also several guest houses.

The official Estonian tourism website provides an extensive list of options for accommodation in Vormsi .

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