Fishing is the main activity for local people. Tondisaar is one of their favourite spots.
They say that perch can be easily catched close to island. There is also a hut and firecamp place in the island.
Perfect place for bird watchers. Birds you may see in the island are common tern ( Sterna hirundo ),
black-headed ( Larus ridibundus ), herring ( Larus argentatus ) gulls and seamew ( Larus canus ).
Also mallards ( Anas platyrhynchos ), shovelers ( Anas clypeata ), goosanders ( Mergus merganser ), garganey's ( Anas querquedula) and great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus).
Tondisaar is the only inland place where cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) are nesting.
As Lake Võrtsjärv is not very deep, it get's good icecover quite quickly and therefor
you can walk to island over the ice during winter.Or if you have a smaller car you can drive
with car in there.
I started my walk in there from Rannu village where is a little port. Read more from my Rannu page.
Archeologist think that Tondisaar was used as a sacred island and sacred grove by ancient estonians. There are legends about choped down tree spirits and they believed that spirits driven out from sacred places gathered in that island alltogether with evil spirits. In the middle of the island is lonely stone and one who sit's in there might feel sudden energy purst or something wierd.
Well I saw the stone but did'nt sit on it...just for incase :)
There is a big pile of stone's in the shore of the island under the trees and some people say that this is the pagans chapel remains.
Fondest memory: There was a certain feeling in there...
As Tondisaar is located in the middle of Lake Võrtsjärv I think it is proper to write something about this second biggest lake in Estonia. The biggest is ofcourse Lake Peipsi but as half of it belongs to Russia, then we can say that our own biggest lake is Lake Võrtsjärv. The few islands of Lake Võrtsjärv are located in the southern part of the Lake. Included Tondisaar. Tondisaar and Pähksaar are permanent islands while Ainsaar turns into a peninsula during low water, and Heinassaar is flooded in high water periods.
Fondest memory: There is Limnology centre museum in the Rannu village at Võrtsjärv shore from where we started our trip to Tondisaar. The museum is a must for Võrtsjärv visitors.