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Road trip to Saarema

A two day road trips through Estonia to see great Estonian islands like "Muhu" and "Saaremaa". Our main goal was to see famous "Panga" cliff and the islands rich nature.

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We decided to go to Saaremaa island by car. It ment we had to drive through Estonia to Virtsu, where you have to take a ferry to get to the island.

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Since we've booked a ticket to the ferry on the internet we had a special line and didn't have to wait like other cars.

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Another ferry that is transporting large lorry trucks I suppose. We were waiting for the other one.

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Here it is. It looks small but actually it has three levels that can take more than a hundred vehicles at once.

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The ride took us about 30 minutes or even less. But we did manage to have a dinner on board. Prices are very reasonable as well.

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Beautiful Baltic sea.

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First in line. If you enter first you exit first as well.

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So 30 minutes later we are disembarking.

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We've arrive at he first island called "Muhu". It's a small island that is connected to the main island Saaremaa.

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Island has a wonderful clean nature. You can feel the freshness of the Baltic sea.

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Roads are great and absolutely no traffic.

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Small town of Kuressaare which is located about 75km from the port.

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Kuressaare Episcopal Castle.

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Driving through the town.

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You can see that streets are mostly empty. Kuressaare is the capital of Saaremaa island but it still has a relatively small population - about 14 000 people.

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But I absolutely adore it. Looks like one of these small English towns.

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After Kuressaare we headed for our hotel. The main road was shut due to the road works so we had to take a detour.

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A bridge in the middle of the field. Now this is something new.

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Finally we've arrived at the hotel which was located only a few hundred meters of the sea shore.

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Chilling after a long ride.

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Surprisingly we've found many jellyfish, which is unusual for us. Never seen any of them in Latvia.

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Many of them were on a shore. Wouldn't say they were large but still. Thousands of them.

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From this place till our home town Riga is about 350km by road or about 180km by sea.

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After checking in at the hotel we decided to take a walk by the sea..

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..since this was the only hotel there we were the only one's on the beach.

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Enjoying a hot tea in the evening.

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The next day we headed for the Panga cliffs on the other side of the island.

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The Panga cliff is located on the northern shore of Saaremaa, at the end of the Kuressaare - Võhma road, close to Panga village.

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The maximum height of the cliff is 21.3 m.

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During bird migrations in the spring and fall, this half-circular lagoon is a favorite stopover point for storks on their long trip to and from Egypt, where most of them spend the winter. Sometimes there are well over a hundred storks, as well as other waterbirds, resting in the calm waters of the lagoon.

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The cliff goes for about 2.5 km. Panga Cliff stands as a slate wall reaching up straight from the beach.

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Interestingly, couple of hundred meters from the cliff in the sea there is a steep slope. The location of the slope becomes visible on stormy days as line of foamy waves.

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Panga cliff, Saaremaa, Estonia.

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Panga Cliff is the highest of all Saaremaa and Muhu northern coast cliffs.

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Far far away on the other side of the Baltic sea is Sweden.

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Of course we decided to climb down the cliff as well.

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Beautiful stony beach.

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My photo :)

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We spent about an hour there before heading back to the port.

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No handrails or anything.

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Great place to think about purpose of life.

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Time to go.

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Nature on the island is amazing. You just drive by the sea on a great road. Sometimes feels like a road trip through Switzerland.

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So many different bird species.

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I wouldn't say that the names of Saaremaa cities are easy to understand or pronounce.

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At the end just having some fun.

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