I'm currently planning a two-week trip to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia in July 2018.
This may be a little obscure for most readers here (hey, I like obscure places) but based on my initial cursory research, these two large Estonian islands in the Baltic look appealing...on trips that include a lot of time in old cities, I like to get away to more natural places for a brief "vacation from my vacation," and these islands look like they would work well as a nice contrast to the Baltic capitols.
I already have two full days (3 nights) planned in Tallinn (also Vilnius and Riga). I'm considering a day each on Saaremaa and also Hiiumaa, via ferry (we will have a rental car). My questions for those who know these islands/have been there...
- It seems that Saaremaa (the larger of the two) is pretty popular and gets its share of visitors, but I'm assuming it's not jammed with tourists....correct? I don't enjoy dealing with huge crowds but I'm guessing that even in high season these two islands would be fairly low-key. True? No large cruise ships here...right?
- Is Hiiumaa also worth visiting, or are the two very similar?
- The ferry connections (both from the mainland and between the two islands) appear to be frequent and reliable (at least in the mid-summer). Are they? I am planning mainland -> Saaremaa then (after spending a day and a night there) take the ferry from Triigi (north coast of Saaremaa) to Parna (south coast of Hiiumaa), then (after spending a day and a night there) ferry back to the mainland. After that, we would head for Tallinn.
- I have not yet investigated which part of either island to stay at (I plan one overnight on each). Any recommendations?
I'd welcome any tips/suggestions/impressions of these two islands from any of you who have been there before.