The Island of Saaremaa

After the Swedish island of Gotland, Saaremaa is the second largest island in the Baltic Sea. It is connected to the island of Muhu by means of a dam that has existed since about 1900. To Muhu we come by ferry, then it goes over the dam to Saaremaa. On the right is a small port marked in our guidebook as a campsite. But this seems to be quite a while ago. The restaurant is closed, there is nothing anymore. A few boats dangling in the small harbor. Well, the power plug is usable, so it is at least it will be not cold.

In the evening, we learn what softies we are. The village youth meets here for swimming. In the morning a few adults come and refresh themselves in the Baltic Sea. We have looked at the Internet: The Baltic water has 10 °!

The wind drives the clouds away and we experience a beautiful sunset at 22.00.

This is the view from our camper:

Originally every village on Saaremaa had several windmills. There were more than 800 mills in operation on the island. Only a few are left. Here in Angla are still several fully functionally preserved.

Kuressaare is the capital of the island. Here there is a strongly fortified Castle the 13th century, which has been extended again and again.

The legend tells of the giant Tröll and his wife Pirit, who were warm, and loveable people,who helped the islanders whenever they could.

As it is for a spa, there are beautiful houses in Kuressaare.

The peninsula Sörve extends far into the sea to the south. Cape Kolka in Latvia, where we have been a few days ago, is only 25 km away.

The peninsula has always been strategically and militarily important in both world wars. This memorial recalls the battle of 1944 between Germans and Russians.

In the middle of the forest of Kaali you find a circular pool surrounded by a several meters high earth wall. It is the impact point of a meteorite. The Kaali crater is the world’s eighth meteorite crater. In the immediate vicinity of the main crater there are eight other craters, which have been formed by fragments. It is assumed that the impact could have taken place in the period from 3000 to 7000 years ago, it is not yet clarified. The largest chunk caused a hole of 110 m diameter and 22m depth. It had a mass of about 46 tons and a diameter of 3-6 meters.

 

 

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