The most common way to arrive in Saaremaa is by ferry from Estonia’s mainland which takes approximately 25 minutes. It is also possible to fly to Kuressaare from Tallinn and the small harbours of Saaremaa are always ready to receive the brave, who are willing to sail to the island by themselves. Furthermore, Saaremaa Port, which is located In North-Saaremaa, offers the possibility to welcome cruise passengers.
When arriving on the island, one should consider that this is a place ruled by the sea – time goes at its own pace and you can’t go back at any given moment. In autumn, days may occur when even ferries come to a standstill – storms can decide to keep you on either side of the sea, wherever you happen to be. On the other hand, on very cold winters the sea will be covered with ice, giving the possibility to drive between the island and the mainland on an official ice-road.