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A quite isolated island in the gulf of Riga that is rich in coastal meadows, fields, forest's and shoals.

Added* by Ludwig Gustafsson
Most recent update 15 July 2022


Kynö (Kihnu) is the largest island in the Gulf of Riga, and seventh largest in Estonia. The island covers an area of 16.9 km², being 7 km long and up to 3.3 km wide. The island of Kihnu has coastal meadows and mudflats that attract large amounts of wading birds . The shallow waters around the islands attract hundreds if not thousands of waterfowl. Most common are the Mute Swan, Common Goldeneye, Mallard, and Great Cormorant. But large amounts of marine and dabbling ducks can also be found. The forests attract large amounts of passerine birds during the migration. Thousands of Common Chaffinch, among others can be found. Rarer passerine birds can often be seen. The island is a good spot for watching migrating birds.



You need to take a ferry to get to the island from Munalaid, on the Lao peninsula. The ferry sails 3 times a day. For ferry tickets and schedule see the link below. The ferry can be boarded by car, motorcycle, and bicycle. As the Kihnu ferry is very small, however, it is recommend that you come on foot. The simplest option to explore the island is to rent a bicycle at the Port of Kihnu, with which you will be able to easily cover the entire island in a single day. If you want to bring your car on the ferry, it is wise to book in advance.

The most convenient way to visit Kihnu for one day is with the morning ferry, which departs the Port of Munalaid at 8.30 a.m. and arrives at the island at around 9.30 a.m. The ferry runs from Monday to Saturday. On Sunday, the earliest ferry departs at 11.30 a.m.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Scattered trees and bushes , Wetland , Plain , Sea , Dunes , Reedbeds , City/village , Agriculture , Beach , Mud flats


Flat , Sandy , Dry

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Autumn migration


Paved road , Unpaved road , Wide path , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car , Boat

Birdwatching hide / platform



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