Hiiumaa (Finnish: Hiidenmaa, German: Dagö, Swedish: Dagö, Danish: Dagø) is the second largest island (989 km²) belonging to Estonia. It is located in the Baltic Sea, north of the island of Saaremaa, a part of the West Estonian archipelago. Its largest town is Kärdla.
An island in the Baltic Sea, rich by versatile, beautiful and intact nature and nice people. It´s good to live on Hiiumaa. There are one thousand and one reasons for people to come here back again and again.
Already about 455 million years ago in the vicinity of the present-day Kärdla a round archipelago with approximately 10 km in diameter arose as a result of a meteorite explosion. These were the first islands in the present Hiiumaa area and the mentioned millions of years make Hiiumaa actually one of the oldest islands in the world.
In Estonia it is difficult to find a place with more picturesque nature than it is on the island of Hiiumaa. The variety of landscapes is what makes Hiiumaa a desired place to come. The types of picturesque landscape are changing immensely quickly. The landscape in one end of the island is totally different from the one in another end, varying in beauty and diverse miniature, interlacing smoothly and making Hiiumaa a unique place to stay. During a sunny summer one could enjoy kilometers long alluring sandy beaches along the coastline of Tahkuna and Kõpu peninsulas.
For Hiiumaa small islets around the island are like colorful pearls around the neck of a beautiful woman. Some of these more than 200 islands and islets have no flora or fauna for they have only recently emerged from the sea. Some of them are afforested.
Thanks to the surrounding sea, the climate on Hiiumaa is a bit different from the one on the continent. There are more sunny days and less rainy days.
The inhabitants of Hiiumaa are peaceful and tolerant by character. They live close to nature, love it and are children of nature in their soul. The most important thing is to have a sense of humor - people of Hiiumaa love jokes.
In many senses Hiiumaa is too rich to be thoroughly experienced during a one-time short visit. And to tell you the truth, it could never be totally experienced and will remain inexhaustible. One should only truly wish to experience all the endless richnesses of Hiiumaa - the Island of Daylight.