Day Trips from Tallinn: Stand up paddle boarding in Rummu abandoned prison
If you have at least half a day (and a paddle board) then here is one great idea for a day trip from Tallinn. Located just 30 minutes drive from the city is a cluster of abandoned prison buildings in an old mine site now flooded with crystal clear Mediterranean-like water. The surrounding landscape is like a scene from an end-of-the-world movie, slightly creepy yet fascinating and inspirational.
During Soviet occupation, prisoners were used as free labour to mine limestone from the site. With the collapse of the Soviet Union the pumps were turned off and the site flooded, creating an eerie underwater world for scuba divers, fishing spot for local fishermen and idyllic bathing location for all.
Finding the site is easy, head south from Tallinn to the town of Keila and from there, follow the highway no 17 towards Haapsalu. Here’s the map:
Our favourite method of exploration was by stand up paddle board (SUP) – you gain easy access to the ruins, get a decent workout, stay dry if desired and have fun.
If you don’t have a paddle board, not to worry – just swim! The water is safe, clean and warm enough from around June – early September. If you come in winter you can ice skate or do some ice fishing in this frozen Narnia.