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Sailing in Estonia

Explore picturesque coastlines and medieval Tallinn by boat

Best time: April–October


There is a wide variety of yachts, with or without crew, for sailing enthusiasts in Estonia. Trips of different lengths and to different parts of Estonia can be organised. You can choose to sail the open sea, in a bay, or enjoy this activity on inland waters. The best places for sailing can be Tallinn Bay and nearby islands, like Aegna, Naissaar, and Prangli. From Pärnu, you can travel by boat to the islands of Kihnu and Ruhnu. From Haapsalu, you can take a trip to Hiiumaa and Vormsi and from Saaremaa head to Abruka.

You can enjoy beautiful nature and a calm voyage on Võrtsjärv and Peipsi. There you'll have the opportunity to swim and organise a picnic on the lake's islands. Saadjärv is more suitable for competitive sailing. Make sure you have some warm and waterproof clothes with you as well as sunglasses, a hat, and sun cream. Sailing brings lots of joy and excitement, whether you are spending a holiday with family, friends, or by yourself.

Practical info

What is the best time of the year to go sailing in Estonia?

Sailing in Estonia is best between April and October when conditions are favorable. The colder weather during winter months means it's not as pleasant a time to sail, given Estonia's location in the Baltic Sea. Longer daylight hours during summer months make exploration of Estonia's coastline and islands by sailboat more feasible. Remember to check the weather forecast to avoid issues when sailing. Show more

Where are the best places to go sailing in Estonia?

Experience a variety of sailing opportunities in Estonia, with destinations including Tallinn Bay, Aegna, Naissaar, Prangli and Pärnu to Kihnu and Ruhnu islands, Haapsalu to Hiiumaa and Vormsi, and Saaremaa to Abruka. Sail calm inland waters or the open seas, depending on your preference. Whether you desire a leisurely or adventurous sailing trip, there are options available for everyone. Show more

Can I organize a sailing trip to Estonia with my family?

Yacht charters for families in Estonia are available from several tour operators. Rentals are offered with or without crew, depending on the family's sailing experience. Choose from boats of varying sizes, from small boats for local day trips to larger vessels for more extended cruising. Always inform the rental company of any children's ages and limitations present in your family group. Show more

What should I bring for a sailing trip in Estonia?

Essential items to pack for a sailing excursion in Estonia include warm and waterproof clothing, comfortable and sturdy shoes, sunglasses, a hat, and suncream to protect against dangerous UV rays. As with any travel, remember your passport and any necessary medication. Consider either bringing your food or checking with the rental company before departure to see if pre-arranged food orders are available. Show more

Is it possible to rent a yacht in Estonia without a crew?

It's permissible to rent a yacht in Estonia without crew, but sailing experience is required to do so. Many companies offer yacht rentals without crew, with experience levels varying from one company to another. Check with the rental company regarding their experience qualifications. Additionally, some rental companies may require proof of competence and may charge a higher security deposit when renting a yacht without a crew. Show more

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