Vilsandi National Park (Estonian: Vilsandi rahvuspark) is a national park in Saare County, Estonia. It includes part of the island of Vilsandi, a number of smaller islands, adjacent parts of western Saaremaa and the Harilaid peninsula on Saaremaa, all in Kihelkonna Parish and Lääne-Saare Parish.
Vilsandi National Park is one of the more difficult national parks to reach. There is no way to reach the national park without taking the ferry. There are plenty of departures throughout the day. The total transportation time including the ferry will be approximately 5 hours by car.
There are plenty of international flights to Tallinn and this is your best option for reaching the park.
When to visit
The national park is mostly visited during summer and the islands are frequently visited during this time. Spring and autumn sees fewer visitors and winter is not very busy.
Map of Vilsandi National Park
Image gallery of Vilsandi National Park
Visitor/Information centres in Vilsandi National Park
Most national parks have an associated visitor centre to help visitors. They are usually open most of the year but some close in the off-season. You will often be able to find information on all the activities in the national park. A visit to the visitor centre is often recommended before venturing into the park.
Most national parks have there own trademarks. This goes for both natural sights and man-made. This section will list any popular sights in nature.
Mushroom hunting in Vilsandi National Park
Foraging mushrooms, berries and wild plants is permitted in the national park. You should still be aware not to forage on private property in the park. Always make sure you have the knowledge to positively identify the mushrooms, berries and wild plants.
Camping rules in Vilsandi National Park
Estonia has Everyman's Right and therefore you are allowed to camp in many places. However, in the national park you should stick to the designated areas.