Sea Kayaking in Tallinn Bay, Estonia
A harbour tour with a sea castle! Suitable for beginners as well as for experienced kayakers.
3-4 hour kayaking tour in Tallinn will offer a waterbird’s-eye view of Estonia’s capital and its „medievally modern” skyline, plus a slice of history, from its days as a major trading port in the Russian Empire to its prominence in the Danish era, and its more recent Soviet occupation.
As we paddle past 8 ports, with a collection of military vessels, including Estonia’s own WWII-era submarine, „Lembit”, we’ll get a glimpse of Peter the Great’s marine castle and Patarie – the seldom visited but infamous NKVD prison.
A welcome next stop will be Paljasaare Peninsula, with a walk on sandy Pikakari beach, Tallinn’s closest bird watching area. From there, we’ll paddle back to the city – enjoying the sweep of graceful architecture - towers, spires, and the onion dome of the Russian Orthodox cathedral – that still punctuates the rapidly changing skyline.
- A waterbird’s-eye view of the Tallinn skyline
- Historic old ports of Tallinn
- A glimpse of Estonia’s maritime and Russian Imperial history
- Starting and return point an easy walk from Old Town sunset on the Bay of Tallinn
- Once the northwestern most point of the Russian Empire, Tallinn is now the northeastern corner of Europe (and has been referred to as northern Europe’s best preserved medieval town). This crucial and vibrant trading center was understandably protected from invaders, so we’ll get a view of its massive stone fortifications – thick turreted walls and parapets - from the vantage point of an easily-maneouvred kayak. Tour starting point: City center, next to Linnahall, an easy walk from the Old Town.
About 3-4 hours, with about 9 km of kayaking. In case of bad weather, the distance and the length of the trip may be changed.
Easy. Suitable for beginners. No previous kayaking experience needed. Full briefing before the trip.