For the visitor
How do I get to Keri?
There is no regular connection between Keri and the mainland but there are still several ways to get onto the island. One of the ways is to come by your own vessel. Either kayak or jetski. Even a yacht with foldable wedge has found a way to park itself with the higher tide. For coming by yacht it is still better to have an inflatable boat available.
During the navigation season, island watches are changing and transported to and from the island every weekend. The shift usually departs from Leppneeme or Pirita port. Island watchers are being transported by Peep Rada. On Facebook, he is under the name of Vesilemb Millimallikas. When there is free space on the boat, you have a chance to see Keri.
The cost of the two way trip is 50€. Preschoolers ride for free. Other kids ride for 25€.
We recommend you to join our Facebook page where all the latest information is always available.
You can also take a ferry from Prangli to Wrangö Prangli and ask some local fishermen to give you a ride to Keri. Usually they still ask around 45€ for the ride.
How to come by my own boat?
When you are coming by your own boat, you need to know that there are four terminals on Keri for landing – A, B, C and D. Please find the locations from the photo below.
Most important out of those four is terminal C, opening to NE. As the wind in Estonia is mostly blowing from West, then Terminal C is best for the approach.
The bottom of the sea in terminal C is uneven, it is getting more shallower when you are approaching the pier and then gets deeper again.
Softer version of the coral reef which breaks the wave and the water is calm inside the lagoon. In our case, the waves get noticeably softer but do not disappear completely. From time to time you can see how the water is boiling both of the rights and left side of terminal C and the waves are breaking. But closer to the pier there is just a gentle wave.
After Viking Star came on the line between Tallinn and Helsinki, this gentle wave tends to be higher.
With zero-sea level, you can approach with the draft of ca 0,8m. You have to consider that between the waves you are going to be lower. You have to pay attention to the signs as the way in is very narrow.
The only huge rock is the line after which you have to keep your aim straight as the marking of underwater boulders can change with heavy storms and moving of the ice. However, landmarks stay still.
With the wind from West and East, you can approach terminal C up to 11m/s, 12m/s by wind from the South. By skillful strap up you can stay on tock for winds from South, West and East up to 22m/s. With the wind heavier than this it is wiser to sail away from the terminal.
Railway and the winch:
Boats set on the railway should be closed upon the upper end of the railway so that the random storm cannot harm the boat. In case the storm should gather seaweed around the rails, it should be cleaned up. Rails are very helpful for transporting heavier materials onto the island, like bricks, concrete, windows, etc.
The maintenance team of the lighthouse can stay on the island with their boat on a stormy period.
When needed a wench from 1944 can be used. The thrust of the wench is ca 5 tons. Cable of 8mm diameter is 45m long.
Terminal A is a naturally deeper area in front of the boathouse. The boathouse opens up these directions, where the boats were pulled out but a place has never actually acted as a port. Terminal A is mostly used for its deepness close to shore. It was the only best place to get on the island once, but over time all support facilities for this have been washed away by the sea.
Terminal B is for eluding West winds and it is located close to terminal A, just the other side of the island strip. Be aware of invisible rocks underwater, which makes the landing harder for newcomers. More experienced sailors can land straight onto the shingle and smaller boats can be dragged onto the shore. During stronger storms from West and North, this location is one of the few with gentle waves and they do not break, however, the current stays strong and anchoring is mandatory.
Terminal D is in front of the house. You can only get to a certain distance from the shore and the rest of the approach needs to be done with smaller vessels. By smaller or inflatable boats you can almost make it to the shore.
This terminal is best to be used by winds from NE, North and East, as the wave is long and does not rip an anchored boat.
What can I do on Keri?
Ask an island guard to give you a tour around the island. That way you get the best overview. A guard should be able to tell you all about the legends and the lighthouse. Make sure you also visit our museum room from where you can buy souvenirs, enjoy the exhibition of Marko Matveres drawings and pictures of different Estonian lighthouses. There is a guest book in the museum room. Make sure you write an entry. Then it will be interesting to look it up again next time you are on the island.
You can take a sauna once you are on the island. The cost of the sauna is 20€. Ask the island guard to fill in the water and heat up the sauna. Woods for heating up the sauna can also be bought from the island for 6€ per bag. Of course, you can always bring your own wood. Towel, swimsuit and shampoo should also be brought to the island by you.
There is a cinema on Keri. It is located close to the lighthouse, in the old generator house. There you can arrange movie nights and watch movies about Keri. Please talk to the island guard about using the cinema, how it works and what is needed, as cinema is still in continuous development.
There are also two wild fireplaces on the island. One is “waiting for the white boat” place and the other one is on the side of the house. Usually, there are two white benched for the wind daring romantics boat seekers. Ask for their locations.
There is also a library on Keri. It is located in the rooms of the island watch. Please ask for permission before entering.
Can I stay overnight?
You can stay overnight. There are two unique hotel rooms available. Keris big room is for up to 6 people – 4 grownups and 2 kids. The other smaller room aka Boatmans suite is for two people. If there should be more people staying overnight, it is also possible to sleep in the museum room or in the radio room. If you are coming to Keri by your own vessel, the cost for the bigger room is 60€ per night (15€ per bed) and 50€ for a smaller room per night. All beddings are available in hotel room.
There is a bank terminal on the island in case you want to use your card.
Camping on the island is free of charge.
What to take with me?
There is an outside grill on Keri. Bring your sausages and goal. The kitchen on the island is for public use. You can find a gas oven and all other necessary things from there.
In case you are really caring and kind from heart, you can ask for the island phone number and give and island watch a call before you go, just to find out if there might be anything needed from the mainland.
During the spring and fall, a headlamp is a good thing to have on the island. Do not forget your drinking water! Even though the summer can be warm, it is rather chilly on the island. Winter clothes are not a bad idea at all. You can always take something off.
What to take with you from the island?
As there is no garbage truck on the island, we ask all our guests to take their garbage and bottles with them once they leave. Also, do not forget to take all good memories with you!