Limo beach on Ruhnu island, Estonia
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Limo beach on Ruhnu island, Estonia

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A: Arriving at the Ringsu Port of Ruhnu island, Estonia

by Vil Muhametshin, 800 meters away

Ruhnu is situated in the Eastern part of the Baltic Sea, in the middle of the Gulf of Riga, some 40 k...

Arriving at the Ringsu Port of Ruhnu island, Estonia

B: At the watchtower of Ruhnu island, Estonia

by Vil Muhametshin, 1.7 km away

A beautiful panoramic view over the green expanses of Ruhnu opens from the tower, which stands at the...

At the watchtower of Ruhnu island, Estonia

C: St. Madeline's Church on Ruhnu island, Estonia

by Vil Muhametshin, 2.7 km away

St. Madeline's Church in Ruhnu is the oldest known wooden building still standing in Estonia - its co...

St. Madeline's Church on Ruhnu island, Estonia

D: Two Churches of Ruhnu island, Estonia

by Vil Muhametshin, 2.7 km away

The wooden Church (St. Madeline's Church) is the oldest known wooden building still standing in Eston...

Two Churches of Ruhnu island, Estonia

E: Kolkasrags - Cape Kolka, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 39.7 km away

The farthest northern point of Kurzeme followed by 7 kilometres long and 2 metres deep sandbank. It s...

Kolkasrags - Cape Kolka, Latvia

F: Kolkasrags - Cape Kolka, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 39.8 km away

The farthest northern point of Kurzeme followed by 7 kilometres long and 2 metres deep sandbank. It s...

Kolkasrags - Cape Kolka, Latvia

G: Kolkasrags cape

by Mikhail Krivyy, 39.8 km away

Kolkasrags cape

H: Kolkasrags - Cape Kolka, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 39.9 km away

The farthest northern point of Kurzeme followed by 7 kilometres long and 2 metres deep sandbank. It s...

Kolkasrags - Cape Kolka, Latvia

I: Port development in Mersrags, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 50.9 km away

Port development in Mersrags, Latvia

J: The Stony Seaside of Vidzeme, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 70.2 km away

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The Stony Seaside of Vidzeme, Latvia

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