I had been planning to visit the Juminda peninsula for some time, but I can’t get anywhere right away. The day before, quite a significant layer of snow fell in Northern Estonia, which is why this spectacle had to be photographed. This time the Juminda peninsula remained in the selection.
I started my journey at 9:30 and back around 16:00, so the length of the hiking day was 6.5 hours.
Before I start with the travel description, I will add here information about the food and drink I take with me on my travels. It depends, of course, on the trip and the season. In particular, of course, a drink. In summer I take water and lemonade, in winter hot tea. For a meal, I usually bring some ready-made food from the store. I make it warm in the microwave before and then put it in the food thermos. I always have a couple of muesli bars in my bag that can be bitten sometimes. In cold weather, of course, the trouble is that the muesli bars become quite rock hard in the bag, because with the cold, both the chocolate and everything else inside it hardens.
So on this trip I had two thermoses with hot tea (one on a photo bag, the other in a car as a so-called spare), muesli bars and heated ready meals in a food thermos. The food thermos remained in the car this time. It all depends, of course, on my journey and the weather. In the case of a longer walk, you have to take more with you, less things to leave in the car.
But now back to my winter photo trip to the Juminda Peninsula.
The ride started at 09:30 and the first destination was the observation tower in Hara village, which is located on the Majakivi-Pikanõmme hiking trail. As in winter, you never know what the road conditions are and how close you can get to one or another destination by car. But this time lucky. There were no problems with the roads, although at the top of the Juminda peninsula the roads were still very icy. But the forest roads were also passable this time. This is due to the fact that more people are currently moving in Estonian nature.
When I arrived, I took things from the car and went to the hiking trail. There was not much to go to the lookout tower, maybe only 200 meters.
Before I climbed the lookout tower, I took some pictures from the ground.
Then I climbed to the top of the lookout tower. Pleasantly high lookout tower. I was there quite alone and I was able to take my pictures calmly.
Getting down from the lookout tower was somewhat difficult, as the stairs were snowy and at times icy. That’s why, for safety reasons, I decided to put ice soles on my boots. It was much more convenient to go down the stairs with them.
You could already see the snow clouds getting closer from the lookout tower, so you had to hurry to fly the drone. But when the drone was ready, it was already snowing. But I didn’t cancel the flight and the drone did its job.
Now it was time to go rap. To do this, we had to go down a very long staircase to the bog. There were no shots in this bog, but the view was beautiful nonetheless. There was also snow left.
Now more people started coming there. They mainly came from the direction of Majakivi.
When the pictures were taken in the bog, I went along the hiking trail, but I did not plan to go to Majakivi. I’ve been there before, but there was plenty to go that day. In addition, road conditions had to be taken into account, which simply did not allow us to reach the destination as quickly as usual.
So I walked a little more in the woods, taking pictures from time to time. More and more people came, all moving towards the lookout tower.
I walked on the forest road for about half an hour, after which I had to start on the way back to the car.
The next destination was the peak of the Juminda peninsula (Skull). As I wrote earlier, the road there was slow. The road was very slippery and also winding. But I got there.
I parked my car in the parking lot at the top of the peninsula and went to the sea. First, I took pictures of the Juminda mine battle memorial.
I moved on to the Juminda lighthouse, but along the coast. The wind was not very strong that day, but the sea was nonetheless quite powerful at times.
I moved on to the lighthouse. At the lighthouse, I only wanted to take pictures with a drone.
When the pictures with the drone were taken, I moved along the forest road to reach one of the coastal sections, which I had prepared for myself while doing preliminary work and researching the maps.
There was significantly less snow at the end of the Juminda peninsula than elsewhere. It was due to the wind.
I reached a selected place by the sea. I took pictures both from the ground and from the air.
It was getting dark outside. Now it was time to walk back to the car and then take a short break. When my stomach was full, I set off. I took pictures on the way too. On one section of the road, I stopped the car and fired the drone again. I took the pictures straight down so that the car would stay in the picture as well.
Now the slow return began. I once stopped at Kolga-Aabla, where I took a few pictures towards the sea.
I continued driving. The closer to the Tallinn-Narva highway, the better the road conditions. Before I went on the main road, I jumped through Kuusalu church. I also took some pictures there.
And now there was a way home, which went smoothly and quite quickly. Strangely, there were no traffic jams in Tallinn.
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