As Ninarose has gone to explore the big islands of Estonia this summer, it reminds me what a great place that is for a lighthouse-enthusiast. If the romantic and adventurous notion of lonely towers on rocky beaches appeals to you, Estonia is the place to visit.
Lighthouses have fed my imagination since I was a little boy. To me they were only familiar from children’s books and films. Something strange, fascinating and far away. So last summer I made a trip with friends to Estonia to look for the old lighthouses. And there were plenty to be found. Some of them still working, some even open for the public to climb up to. Looking at the images of these great towers today, brings back the long discussions with my late friend S. L. Abrahmov and his studies of “Nature versus Culture”. He opened my eyes for deeper understanding of the meaning of the things we see around us. I will never forget!
By the way: It is advised to book the ferry ticket (for car) between Saaremaa and Hiiumaa in advance. The ferries’ car capacity is small and the ferry only runs every 3 or 4 hours.
Tahkuna tower is situated on the northest point of Hiiumaa. It is impressive in its location. A small café is operated in the summer within its yard. Near by there is a memorial monument for the children who drowned when M/S Estonia sunk in these waters in September 1994.
Sõrve lighthouse stands in the very southernmost part of Saaremaa. A beautiful tower, a long narrow strip of land that heads straight down south and crystal clear water create a truly beautiful cross point of nature and culture.