Kaali Meteor Crater
This is quite a rarity - a meteor crater that struck during human history, around 600 BC. It's lived on in the legends of Estonia and Finland, and is even suggested to have been the source of the legends of Thule, when Greeks came wandering up to the land of the midnight sun, only to return with stories so amazing (sea ice!) that nobody believed them for centuries.
Unlike Angla, this time there was no return bus. We had to walk 3km through the forest. I heard a boar snort at one point. They are quite common here. Less common are bears and wolves. But they are there. Hiding. Waiting to pounce.
The buses to Kaali are about as regular as those to Angla, except watch out that some take a reverse path and take over 4 hours. The journey should take you just over an hour. If there's no bus when you want, consider taking a bus to one of the stops on the main Kuressaare-Tallinn highway (10). Ask at the tourist office (town hall) for more information.
In the centre of Saaremaare, about 30km north east of Kuressaare, is the last remaining group of windmills that once covered the entire windswept island. The five windmills, four of tradition local design and one Dutch style, stand out prominently by the side of the road, and make a great photo opportunity.
But that's it. Five minutes of picture taking and it's over. If you get the bus here you'll be waiting another hour and a half until it returns, so bring a picnic or prepare to do some wandering down the nearby lanes to use up that extra time. Or you can come by car, which would be the most sensible thing to do...
The buses aren't regular. There's a few very early in the morning, and then a few more in the early afternoon. The trip takes about an hour, and the bus usually keeps going to the north coast before returning along the same path. You can ask for a timetable at the tourist office (town hall) or try using the search feature of the Kuressaare bus station web page.
It's in Estonian, but just type in the start and end point in the boxes near the magnifying glass icon. The rest is easy to work out.
If you are into hiking then there are heaps of wonderful walking tracks available on the island of Vilsandi. Pick-up a local walking track map from the tourist information centre in Kuressaare.
1. Harilaiu nature trail - 8kms through the peninsulia of Vilsandi National Park.
2. Loona - Kuusnomme - 10km walk through the forests of Vilsandi National Park.
3. Hilevalja - Jarvekula - 6.5km walk through rivers, lakes and forests.
plus at least 20 more walks.
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Angla - Saaremaa's windmills.
The windmills which are located along the road side to the north coast and close to the ferry terminal of Trigi where ferries come from Hiiumaa and near the village of Leisi. The timber antiquated windmills look amazing against the serene landscape and with the 14th century church opposite this location is definitely worth a visit.
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Historical houses in Saaremaa Island
If you have a few days in Saaremaa then there is no better way to explore the island than visiting one of the manors which are scattered through out the island.
These houses are truly unique and some date back to the 13th century. The most important one being Oti which is the oldest manor in Saaremaa and is now used for weddings and conferences. Its located in the village of Oti not far from the ferry terminal.
Others are located through out the island at these quaint villages. Just pick a map of Saaremaa from the tourist information centre in Kuressaare.
Koljala - on the way to Kuressaare.
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This is main (perhaps the only one) cemetery in Kuressaare, just outside of the town in a Kudjape village (north east of Kuressaare - about 2 km). Seems to be quite old cemetery, I noticed some graves as old as 150 years. There are also graves of fallen German and Soviet soldiers during WW2 - side by side. Both parts clean, no vandals.
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