Ristna Visitor Centre

It has been extremely dry in Estonia during spring and there is a standing forest fire warning. Making fire is allowed only on specially prepared campfire sites.
Ristna Visitor Centre is located in a distant part of Hiiumaa recreation centre amid the forests of Kõpu peninsula in Kalana village. The more than a hundred-year-old former forest ranger's place is easy to find at the road both by walkers and those coming by car. The Metsavahi bus stop is next to the outhouse. All hikers, holiday-makers and others interested are welcome to ask for information or just look around, relax and have a picnic in the yard here. In the main building, visitors may enjoy exhibitions, solve puzzles, play and craft or watch a nature documentary. In the outbuilding there is an exciting exhibition "Mere kaubamaja" ("Sea store") and the natural treasures of the Kõpu peninsula are introduced. In the yard of the centre you can study local herbs and then go on the study trail to learn about forest heritage and life in the primeval forest. Reference books and collections are available for use at the centre. Free WiFi is available. Information point gives information about the outdoor recreation and holiday opportunities in state forests. The centre has a wide range of study programmes for both guided and independent activities.
PhoneLiis Soonik, communication manager, +372 676 7111, +372 5322 9499
E-mail info.ristna@rmk.ee

Opening hours1 May to 31 August, Mon to Sun 10.00–18.00
1 September to 30 April, Wed to Fri 11.00–16.00

Type of objectVisitor Centre
Parking facilitiesParking for 10 cars or 2 tour buses
Amenities
  • Discount educational campaign programs for general education schools and kindergartens in the winter
  • paid educational nature programs in the spring and autumn
  • information and promotion materials about RMK Hiiumaa Recreation Area and other recreation areas of the Centre for State Forest Management
  • access to the exhibitions and databases of the visitor centre
  • camping
  • use of outdoor classroom, which seats 20 people and is suitable for various craft activities
  • events on forest and nature themes; hall or the entire visitor centre available for rental for nature-related events
  • Prices: hall max three hrs – 15 EUR/per hour; nature centre for max 20 people 96 € per day, sauna included 128 € per day

Exhibitions

  • “Sea Department Store”

The permanent exhibition in the Ristna Nature Centre’s outbuilding introduces marine debris and the effects of sea littering.

In the main house kitchen equipped with electric stove, refridgerator, microwave and coffee machine, tableware for 20 people, pots and pans.

Camping facilities yes
Outdoor fireplace yes
Hiking options yes
Accommodation yes
Sleeps (no. of people)The visitor centre sleeps 20, bring your own bedding
SightsAt the centre you can get acquainted with cultural heritage in the surrounding forests and take a look at the authentic primeval forest. Longer and shorter walks to the lighthouses of the Kõpu peninsula, Ristna military defence structures, and Kalana port. A few-kilometre hike through the forest takes you to the scenic sand beaches on the island’s northern coast.
Winter accessibilityOpen around the year
Additional information Before going on a nature walk please read the Environmental code of conduct (freedom to roam).
LocationKalana village, Hiiumaa municipality, 92212, Hiiu County
Object no 27 on recreation area map
Driving directionsRistna Visitor Centre is located at Kõpu–Ristna road, 8 km from Kõpu towards Ristna. The Metsvahi bus stop is in front of the Ristna Visitor Centre.
Geographic coordinatesLong-Lat WGS 84
latitude: 58.925103
longitude: 22.093300
L-EST 97 x: 6533334 y: 390195