"Kärla - Capital of Hiiumaa" Kardla by hartti

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Cafe "Rannapaargu"

Town Kärla, in Swedish Kerdal, is the capital of Hiiumaa (Dagö), the famous Estonian island of pirates. In Finnish Hiiumaa means "Land of Devil". Once here was a large center of Swedish people, but 1781 Russian Czaritza Catherine II had a great idea to move whole the village with Swedish inhabitants to Ukraina. I suppose there was much more room for these people.
Here was a big harbour, but it was destryed by German groups during the war, and is has not rebuild. Nearest harbor for small boats is in Lehtma. The coast is difficult to sail, and that's why very favourable for pirates.

  • Last visit to Kardla: May 1990
  • Intro Updated Apr 12, 2004
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