5 best summer daytrips from Tallinn

Swimming in a bog

After being in Tallinn for a couple of days and seeing all the top attractions you probably would like to experience more of Estonia. A whole new world begins outside of the borders of Tallinn with lots to discover. Enjoy a day out of Tallinn on an Estonian island, or the most famous national park, try an Estonian sauna, visit bogs, or take a boat ride – all doable in just one day. Here you will find the 5 best day trips from Tallinn.


1) Lahemaa National Park Day Trip

Lahemaa National Park is the oldest and the biggest in Estonia, established for the protection of North-Estonian cultural heritage, biodiversity, landscape, historical and architectural monuments. Luckily for us, it’s also very close to Tallinn making the park very easy to visit in one day. There you will find a mixture of Estonian culture, traditions, history, countryside, thick forests, picturesque bogs, beautiful seaside, and landscape shaped by the Ice Age.

Go for a hike in Viru bog and visit Jägala waterfall

A bog is a wetland (read more here), a unique landscape with flora and fauna that you cannot find anywhere else. In Viru bog, there is a well-maintained wooden hiking trail (about 3.5 km) leading you over bog pools to the observation tower and former peat-digging fields. Throughout the trail, many information boards are introducing the ecosystem.

©J. Leppmets - Visit Estonian bogs! Viru bog
©J. Leppmets – Visit Estonian bogs! Viru bog

Jägala waterfall is the most popular tourist attraction in the area with locals. The waterfall looks different in every season, and it turns to something very special during the winter when it completely freezes. The Jägala waterfall is the biggest natural waterfall in Estonia. The streams of the Jägala River are used to produce energy.

©Yu-Hsiang Chang. Jägala waterfall
©Yu-Hsiang Chang. Jägala waterfall

Learn more about the cultural heritage and nature in Sagadi manor

Sagadi manor is more than 500 years old, a former property of a Baltic German family, and is considered to be one of the most classical manors in Estonia. Nowadays Sagadi manor has become the cultural and natural education centre in Lahemaa. There you can find a manor museum introducing the olden-day Baltic Germans’ life, a forest museum, a hotel, and a restaurant. We also recommend having a stroll in the romantic manor garden with a pond in the middle.

Sagadi Manor. Photo credit: Visit Estonia - Tanel Murd
Sagadi Manor. Photo credit: Visit Estonia – Tanel Murd

There are many more things to do in Lahemaa National Park. Prangli Travel will take you on a Lahemaa National Park Day Trip where we visit Sagadi manor, hike in Viru bog, see Jägala waterfall, enjoy the seaside at Altja fishing village, and much more.

Peaceful seaside at Altja fishing village.

2) Prangli Island Day Trip

There are 2222 islands and islets in Estonia. Saaremaa and Hiiumaa are the biggest islands situated in the west. However, we recommend you take at least two days to visit them. Conveniently, there are other islands close to Tallinn that you can visit in one day. Our very own Estonian paradise island Prangli is just 30 km from Tallinn. It’s a small (about 6.4 km2) yet diverse Estonian island. It has its own dialect, coastal traditions, historic fishing villages, and unique natural and cultural attractions. Since mass tourism hasn’t reached the island, don’t be surprised to find yourself all alone on a beautiful sandy beach or walking among blueberry-filled fairy tale forest paths.

© Kadi-Liis Koppel – Hike along the beautiful seaside on Prangli Island

There is a regular ferry connection to Prangli island from Leppneeme port. At Prangli island, you can rent bikes, buy the virtual tour guide of the island, have a bite to eat, and relax.

Prangli Travel is also offering all-inclusive day trips to Prangli island starting from Tallinn. On the day trip, you also have time to just be on your own and enjoy the unique North-Estonian island atmosphere.

If you wish to stay longer and enjoy the island even more, it is possible to rent our Villa of Nature Energy and/or have a guided private Sauna and Hiking tour.

3) Jägala Waterfall and Historic Harju County Tour

It is believed that nowadays Harju county was the area where the very first settlers of Estonia established their first villages. While the settlers who came to these areas after the Ice Age (roughly 10 000 years ago) were hunters and gatherers, prehistoric villages were established at least 3000 years ago.

Rebala Heritage Reserve full of history

Rebala Heritage Reserve is the biggest in Estonia. Here you can find the oldest ancient field patches, the oldest burial field with stone-cist graves. Also, an ancient stronghold grounds that used to be the biggest in the whole North of Europe. There are more than 300 archaeological monuments in this area.

Rebala museum introduces the rich history of the area.

In our 5-hour Jägala Waterfall & Historic Harju County tour we visit Rebala Heritage Reserve, Saha chapel, Rebala museum with stone-cist graves. Also Jägala waterfall, Linnamäe stronghold grounds and the hydroelectric power plant. We enjoy the lunch in Ruhe restaurant in Neeme village right next to the seaside.

4) Rummu Submerged Quarry and Coastal Cliffs Day Tour

Nestled in the picturesque landscapes of Estonia lies the captivating Rummu Submerged Quarry, a hidden gem with a fascinating history. Originally a limestone quarry, Rummu now boasts crystal-clear waters that have submerged the industrial remnants, creating an otherworldly underwater landscape. This diverse tour combines beautiful nature and hiking along the coastline with alternative sights from the Russian and Soviet history in Estonia.

Beaches in Tallinn, Rummu quarry, Rummu karjäär
Photo credits: Fansurf Surfikool

During our Rummu Submerged Quarry and Coastal Cliffs Day Tour you will see beautiful coastal cliffs, waterfalls and alternative abandoned sights all during one day tour. Hike along northern Estonian coast and admire the view on the cliffs over the sea. Explore hidden remains of Peter the Great’s Naval Fortress and walk through its underground rooms. Drive through the Soviet-era industrial city of Paldiski and visit its Russian Orthodox church. Explore the unearthly Rummu submerged quarry and former Soviet-era prisons.

Abandoned Russian Military Base - Soviet Tour from Tallinn
Prangli Travel – Visit the Suurupi abandoned military base with your guide

5) Seal-watching Trip in the Baltic sea

Here is something for true nature lovers. This one of a kind nature tour in Estonia takes you to the natural breeding grounds of grey seals. You’ll hear stories and legends of coastal folks and the surrounding islands, have a memorable boat ride, hear some classical music (that’s right!) and meet the biggest mammals of the Baltic sea. Read more about the grey seals here.

We Travel the World. Huge grey seals in the Baltic sea.
We Travel the World. Huge grey seals in the Baltic sea.
You may be interested in some of these tours:

Hiking and Sauna Tour on Prangli Island

If hiking in Estonia is something for you then do it on Prangli island, a place yet to discover.

Tallinn Classic Tour

Find out what makes Tallinn tick as we explore its medieval old town, baroque palaces and soviet-era buildings.

Tour in Tallinn and its surroundings: the Soviet Estonia

Discover Estonia’s recent history and the secrets of the soviets as we take a look behind the Iron Curtain.

Bog-shoe Hiking Tour

If hiking in Estonia is something for you then do it on bog-shoes in a bog!

Seal-Watching Trip

Join us and head out to the Malusi islands for a wildlife encounter to see seals in their natural habitat.

Prangli Island Day Trip

Visit this enchanting island, close to Tallinn, and enjoy its bio-diversity, unspoilt charm and unique heritage.

Jägala Waterfall and Historic Harju County Tour

A slice of Estonian life, culture and history in a beautiful natural setting, the waterfall is a fantastic sight year-round.
rummu submerged quarry
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Rummu Submerged Quarry and Coastal Cliffs Day Tour

Explore the northern Estonian cliffs, Paldiski city and the submerged Rummu quarry.
©J. Leppmets - Visit Viru bog with a local guide
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Day Trip to Lahemaa National Park

Get back to nature with a visit to Estonia’s premier National Park, only a short ride from Tallinn.