WELCOME TO RUHNU!
Estonia has 2222 islands, 318 of them are bigger than 1 ha, 19 of them are permanently inhabited. One of the most interesting and far away inhabited islands is Ruhnu, located in the Gulf of Riga in the Baltic Sea. Ruhnu is an Estonian island situated actually closer to Latvia than to Estonia. Until the Soviet occupation in 1944, the island was populated by ethnic Swedes who were then forced to migrate to Sweden.
- It covers 11.9 km2; island is 5, 5 m long and 3, 5 m wide.
- The coastline is 23, 3 km long. The terrain is flat, the highest point is Haubjerre dune ridge, 28 m above sea level.
- Closest mainland point is Kolka cape in Kuramaa, Latvia– 37 kilometres from Ruhnu.
- Distance to Pärnu and Riga is 96 km, Kuressaare 70 km, island of Kihnu 54 km.
- There is only one village in the centre of the island and a few households outside the village.
- There are 60 permanent inhabitants during winter time, in summer the number increases up to 150.
- There is a school, museum, library, two churches, rural municipality government, society house and cultural centre, first-aid point, guest harbour and local marine rescue team.
- There are two shops on the island, in both you can pay by card or withdraw cash from your debit card.
HOW TO GET TO THE ISLAND?
October - May by small airplane from Pärnu and Kuressaare. See more www.lendame.ee
May - October by ferry from Pärnu, Roomassaare (Saaremaa) or Munalaid. No cars are allowed to, but you are welcome to take your bicycle with. See more www.tuulelaevad.ee
NB! The information about ferry service in 2017 will be modified soon!
(+371) 26185164, (+371) 26441749
Arriving with your own boat.
Harbour of Ruhnu called Ringsu: 57° 46,8´ N 23° 16,3´ E http://www.saarteliinid.ee/eng/ports/ringsu/
There is a self-service petrol station for boats in the middle of village. Ask more from the harbour guard (+372) 5096239.
WHERE TO STAY?
LIISE (Liise Farm) is located in the centre of Ruhnu Island. Offers farm-stay accommodation and large variety of services (transfer, dining, sauna, laundry, camping, playground, etc.) There is a shop and a dining area. http://liisetalu.ee/en/ https://www.facebook.com/liisetaluruhnusaarel
email@example.com, (+372) 5208756
BULDERS (Bulders Farm) is located in the centre of the island. Offers farm-stay accommodation and large variety of services (transfer, dining, sauna, local fish, camping, playground, bicycle rent, farm museum). http://www.lauk.ee/buldersitalu/majutus/
firstname.lastname@example.org, (+372) 5209160
TIIGI (Tiigi Farm) is located in the centre of the island. Offers farm-stay accommodation and a variety of services (transfer, dining, sauna, local food). http://tiigitalu.ruhnu.ee/majutus/
email@example.com, (+372) 53493212
LIMO SAUNA. Modern log sauna at Limo beach. Sauna services and accommodation.
RUHNU ÜÜRIMAJAD (Rentals Antsu, Ronja and Reeda). Two holiday houses in the village for rent (6 people and 4+2 people). Modern houses with kitchen corner and shower facilities. Traditional Estonian smoke sauna. Local food and other services. www.puhkaruhnus.ee
firstname.lastname@example.org, (+372) 54557020, (+372) 56675269
RANDOJA. Accommodation near the sea, up to 4 people. Kitchen, barbecue area. Artist residence. Camping and sustainable accommodation.
email@example.com, (+372) 5210113
WHAT TO DO?
RUHNU MUUSEUM (Museum of Ruhnu) You can order a guided walking tour in the village (churches and museum) or a longer car tour (coastline, churches, museum, lighthouse and other interesting spots).
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org tel. : (+372) 56221913
Churches - 5 €, Museum - adults 2,5 €, kids 1 €, students and retired people 2 €, Lighthouse adults 3 €, kids, students and retired people 2 €, Walking tour in the village (+churches and museum) 1,5 h. - adults 10 €, kids, students and retired people 8 €, Car tour (+churches, museum, Lighthouse) 2,5 h. - adults 15 €, kids, students and retired people 13 €
RUHNURING (Guided tour by car)
Contact the person offering guided tours (Ruhnuring) or call the lighthouse guard + 372 5076590.
LIBRARY AND INTERNET POINT
Books, journals, DVD-s, computer access and free Wi-Fi. email@example.com
SEA AND FISHING EXPEDITIONS.
Boat trips around the island. firstname.lastname@example.org, (+372) 56233423
Art and handicraft workshops (painting, ceramics etc.), music- and movie shows, room for common activities (data, Wi-Fi) email@example.com (+372) 5536645
KULTUURIAIT (Cultural centre, local heritage)
Exhibitions, workshops, concerts, film nights. There is a permanent showroom of traditional Ruhnu clothes and a craftsman's workshop demonstrating historical local craft traditions and techniques. You can order workshops do prepare your own souvenir or buy local souvenirs (knit work, textiles, ceramic, wood).
WILD SAFARI - Cow watching, sauna on wheels.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3NKcUv9wVw (+372) 56575898, (+372) 56711009
Just wonder around by your own and explore!
Ruhnu forest is beautiful and there are many unique and protected plant species to discover. Over 180 species of birds and about 540 species of vascular plants have been registered on Ruhnu. About 60% of the territory of the island is made up by forest, about 7% by fields. The rarest species on the island is the Natter jack Toad (I conservation class) and White-tailed Eagle (I conservation class).
Ruhnu is famous for its beaches with singing sands, when you walk on this sand; it emits a kind of a high-pitched tone. Limo is one the most beautiful and popular of the island's beaches. Take a walk from Överkirke to Ringsu harbour and enjoy the scenery.
Ruhnu is home to one of the oldest wooden buildings in Estonia: the island's wooden church was built in 1644. Just a few meters from the wooden church there is a new stone church built in 1912. It is a very unique situation while those two church buildings stand couple of meters from each other.
On the highest point of the island, Haubjerre hill, there stands a unique metal lighthouse. The details of the lighthouse were ordered from a French producer Forges et Chantiers de la Mediterranee based in Le Havre. It is believed that the construction was designed by Gustave Eiffel himself. The pieces were assembled on Ruhnu in 1877 and the lighthouse is still in operation.
There is also a deepest drilled well in Estonia- 787, 4 meters. The mineral water is very salty and it is said to have curative properties.
Ruhnu Summer 2017
Music workshops for children 5.-9.06.
Midsummer night fest 23.06.
Beach party 01.07.
Organ concert - Ilona Birgele (Latvia) in the church 07.07.
Handicraft Summer market 08.07.
Concert – Aapo Ilves (modern folk) 08.07.
Music camp 10.-14.07.
Concert – Jaan Pehk (balladeer) 15.07.
Estonian ax throwing championship 21.-22.07.
Concert - Meister Jaan 22.07.
Forest jazz 05.08.
RuhnuSavi 2017 (workshops of ceramics) 9.-13.08.
Concert - Male choir (Tartu) in the church 12.08.
Organ concert – Jaanus Torrim (Estonia) in the church 17.08.
Festival RuhnuRahu 18.-20.08.
1.05.-15.06. and 1.09.-30.10.
adults - 10 €
students - 5 €
preschool child - free