Extra day – rural life on small islands
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Study tour to Island of Kihnu
Kihnu, the seventh largest island in Estonia, is an ancient island of seafarers and fishermen. The cultural heritage of Kihnu – the clothing, language music and handcrafts are part of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
The island is home to a close-knit community of about 700 inhabitants, who value old traditions, the language and songs of Kihnu. Singing and dancing are integral parts of life for the locals.
Throughout centuries, the men of Kihnu have spent most of their time at sea, while the women have become keepers and carriers of cultural heritage, which includes handicrafts, dances, games and music of the island. To this day, you can see the women of Kihnu riding motorbikes wearing Kihnu homespun striped skirts (a kört in Estonian).
Price: 167 eur / person
Price includes: transfer Pärnu – Munalaid -Pärnu, ferry tickets Munalid-Kihnu-Munalaid, truck on Kihnu island, folklore concert, lunch, English speaking guide, entrances to museums, VAT
Min group size: 10 people
Study tour to Island of Vormsi
Vormsi is a sunny, mysterious and hospitable island which has a lot to offer at any time of the year. It is the 4th largest island in Estonia (93 km2). A narrow strait called Voosi kurk separates Vormsi from mainland Estonia, and a wider strait, called Hari kurk, from Hiiumaa island.
Vormsi’s beautiful scenery, captivating history, a touch of mystery and genuine hospitality make it a wonderful destination in every season.
The island has 400 inhabitants as of 2019. Primary business sectors are tourism, agriculture, forestry and fishing.
Before World War 2 the population was about 2,500 people, most of them Swedes, known as coastal Swedes in Estonian. Most of the Swedes left for Sweden in 1943-44, before the second Soviet invasion of the country. The Swedish past can still be recognised in Swedish-sounding place names, St Olav’s church with a graveyard and wheel crosses. The church, dating from the 14th century, is a major historical and cultural monument on the island. After the Swedes escaped from the island, the church remained empty for many years. It was consecrated again in July 1990. Wheel crosses appeared on the island in the 17th century. The oldest surviving cross comes from 1743 and the newest from 1923.
Vormsi Farm Museum is the best place for exploring the island’s history. The museum shows a farmstead with all its components portraying coastal Swedes in the early 20th century.
Price: 167 eur / person
Price includes: transfer Pärnu – Rohuküla port – Pärnu, ferry tickets Rohuküla – Vormsi – Rohkuküla, lunch, English speaking guide, transport on Vormsi island, entrance to museum, English speaking guide, VAT
Min group size: 10 people
Study tour to Island of Manija
Manija is like a little brother to Kihnu Island and its inhabitants are part of the same ethnic group as the population of Kihnu. For centuries, this small and rocky island was used as a pasture by the manor owners on the mainland, and as a stopover by fishermen.
In 1933, when Kihnu Island was determined to be too small for its population, 22 families moved from Kihnu to Manija. As a result, there are very strong cultural connections between the two islands. Currently, the island has less than 40 inhabitants and several households are used as summer homes. A ridge of erratic rocks stretches across the entire island and the only road of the island runs on top of it.
The largest erratic boulder in all of Pärnu County, Manija Kokkõkivi, also stands next to the road in the middle of the island. At the south-western edge of the island, right on the shoreline, an eight-metre lighthouse built in 1933 defies the winds. In 2008, the Manija Island Centre was opened at Vaigu Farm, which also hosts the local library and the museum room.
You can walk from one end of the small, five-kilometre-long island to the other in just a few hours, which means that making such a trip should not take you more than a day. Since Manija is only half a kilometre wide at its widest spot, you can see the entire island from the road. However, Manija also offers quiet opportunities for resting in nature and visitors can stay at the cosy Riida agritourism farm.
Price: 90 eur / person
Price includes: transfer Pärnu-Munalaid-Pärnu, boat ticket Munalaid-Island of Manija – Munalaid, English speaking guide, transport on island, lunch, entrance to the museum, VAT
Max group size: 12 people.
Study tour to Mulgimaa
Mulgimaa is one of the cultural heritage areas in South Estonia with beautiful alternating landscapes and significant features like food, traditions, folklore, national clothes, etc.
Mulgimaa has always been a wealthy place. The Mulgi people were the first farmers in Estonia who in the 19th century started to buy out their farms. The second half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries can be considered the golden era of Mulgimaa. Many of the sights and discoveries can still be found today.
During the tour you will meet local people, see some small enterprises and have possibility to buy local products (at most places cash payment only).
2 days full of programme with visits local vineyards, dairy farm, crafts beer factory, manors of Mulgi area. Meet local people, have a chance to chat and know more how local people preserve the traditions of their ancestors. Accommodations in cozy tourism farm and luxury Wagenküll Spa in Taagepera Castle.
Price for the tour 400 eur/person. Single room supplement: 50 eur
Price includes: accommodations in twin rooms (2 nights), 2 x breakfast, 2 x lunch, 2 x dinner, all entrances and tastings, spa services visit in hotel Wagenküll, tour escort, bus services, VAT
If there will be less than 15 registered people by 1.05 the tour will be cancelled. Maximum number of people in the group is 25. First booked, first served.