Harjumaa Campsites

A list of campsites in Harju county in Estonia. Each site is designated as either a tent site (telkimisala) or a campfire site (lõkkekoht), however in practice there is usually little difference and both are generally suitable for camping with tents.

Alavere
   

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Hiieveski
   

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Järvi Pärnjärve
   

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Järvi Pikkjärve
   

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Juminda
   

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Jussi
   

This is one of the first sites we camped, and we have fond, but vague, recollections of it.

Kaberneeme
   

There's a parking lot just off the road and four fire pits sprinkled around. We drove the car to the tent site, unloaded and took the car back to the parking lot for the night. We set up the tent on a non-grassy ground on the border of the beach and the forest: there was shade from the trees to keep the sun from waking us up too early. The site seemed private since it was some distance from the next one and further away from the road. The outhouse, wood shed, and trash bins were all nearby.

Most of the firewood left in the wood shed consisted of logs two meters long but there were a few shorter ones some of which we managed to split on the splitter. The guys one site over did a bit better I think since their fire was looming big into the night. They turned their music off at a decent hour and left. We and a lone biker stayed to watch the stars and hear the birds.

Why Go Back?

This is a good site to be able to get away from town so that you aren't too far away. We haven't been to Kaberneeme in summer but I imagine the campfire sites might find more use during the swimming season. I would not swim in the quarry but there were some fishers along the shores, farther away.

The site takes its name from the summer resort up north. I know they run guided kayak tours from there somewhere. On our way back to Tallinn we took a forest road

Visited 27 September 2014. Nighttime temperature reached 0 C, and our new sleeping bags worked beautifully.

Kalajärve
   

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Kalmeoja
   

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Keibu I & II
   

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Kulli
   

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Leetse
   

Leetse is the only RMK campsite on the Paldiski peninsula. It's a nice, simple site on the seaside, with five firepits.

We've camped here on two occasions while bike-camping. Paldiski is a fascinating area. It was a former Soviet nuclear submarine training area. After Estonian's independence in 1991, the area, including including the entire town of Paldisksi, remained closed off from Estonia until 1994 when Russia removed its last military ships and equipment.

Now, the peninsula is scattered with the remains of the military installation, including two nuclear reactors. Biking through the area and villages, one can see abandoned bunkers, buildings, and officers' housing. The peninsula is also home to a windmill farm.

Leetse is a nice location for a bike trip campsite when touring the areas of Madise, Padise, Rummu, Vasalemma, Laulasmaa, etc.

Last visited 8 June 2013.

Meremõisa
   

We've been here several times, as its proximity to Tallinn makes it easy for a quick evening camp getaway. The site consists of seven campfire sites stretched along the coast. Note the road into the campsite will split: about five campsites to the left and the remaining to the right.

The campsites are each nested in a little pockets amongst trees, each with its own covered raised firepits and table. At least one site on the right has an open firepit and bench seats. However, the sites on the left do not have any seating besides the table nor are there open firepits, so keep this in mind if you want to keep warm around the fire at night. You might have to bring your own chairs and set them around the covered firepit.

Because of its beachside location, the campsite ground is sandy. Also, we noted a couple times it can be quite windy here at times, but the campsites are recessed behind a grassy dune so usually sand is not picked up.

Metsanurme I & II
   

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Naissaare
   

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Nikerjärve
   

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Nõmmeveski
   

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Ohtu
   

We visited Ohtu on 15 Aug 2015. This site is situated on a trail, though the site is also car accessible. The entrances are very easy to miss though, as it's only a a grass road through thick wood.

Like many of the RMK campsites located near trails, there is only a single campfire pit and table. However, there is quite a bit of open grassy space, so tent locations are easy to find.

We arrived at 9pm but had the site entirely to ourselves. The camp fixtures were excellent and the spot quiet and peaceful. In the morning, a lone bicyclist stopped and had his breakfast at the picnic table. The table is large, and he was friendly (and so are we) so we had a pleasant time sharing the space before he continued his ride.

The site takes its name from nearby Ohtu village. In the village is Ohtu mõis (manor), which hosts a variety of summertime events.

The town of Keila is nearby (~5 km), and is a good place to supply.

Oru
   

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Padise
   

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Paukjärve
   

This a very nice little campsite situated on a lake. There are two rest areas with standing fire chimneys and one with an open firepit. The open firepit features a cooking grid apparatus shaped like a hedgehog.

Visited 27 Jun 2014.

Paunküla
   

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Pedassaare
   

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Purekkari
   

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Saarte raba
   

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Saula
   

Although it seems every attempt is made to imply you are unwelcome at this campsite, you are welcome and the campsite is quite nice and cozy. The official RMK directions to access the site are accurate, but at the time we were somewhat unsure whether to trust them. We did and and had a pleasant stay. The site has one large covered picnic table, a wood shed, an outhouse, and a standing covered chimney.

The Viking Village is within easy walking distance. We didn't stop there, so we don't know whether it's worth a visit. We occasionally heard voices of nearby fisherman and some highway noise during the day, but by night-time there was no issue with noise.

To enter the site, park in the Viking Village parking lot north of the river. Walk south along the access road adjacent to the highway (not through the Viking village), across the river, until you reach a road gate to the right marked "Eravaldus" ("Private Property"). Note it does not say "Do not enter," so go ahead and enter. There is private property here but the campsite itself and access to it is public. Walk along the path ~300m to reach the campsite.

Visited 7 May 2016.

Tänavjärve
   

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Tsitre
   

We are quite fond of this site, and have camped here several times. There are several campsites strung along adjacent to the beach. There is a slight natural barrier separating the beach from the camp areas, which serves to protect from the sea breeze (and from the sounds of late night swimmers). The campsites have nice firepits with cooking grids, and additionally about half include very nice covered picnic tables.

There is a large woodshed with unsplit log-sections. You'll need to work a bit to split the logs for your fire, but that's part of the fun, right?

If you walk down the beach a bit you'll see some old abandonded remains of what I assume are Soviet era sea-side lookout points.

Visited 28 Jun 2014

Vääna-Jõesuu
   

Note: This site is no longer listed on RMK's official website. We will investigate if the site is still open.

We came to camp here in 18 October 2014 when the daytime temperatures were about 40° F and nighttime fell down to 32° F. There were no other campers. However, the morning saw several kite surfers and stand up paddle boarders take to the icy waters. I guess they like the proximity to Tallinn as much as we did.

When checking out the site a week earlier we discovered that whereas the other three fire sites were open to the sea breeze then the farthest one from the parking lot seemed more sheltered. We opted for that one. It had a set of a table and benches (no cover), a witch's house of a firepit, a small easy-access trash bin and a pile of firewood sheltered with an A-frame roof.

The campsite is very close to the sea, separated only by a short strip of sand and last rows of the pine forest. The trees provide ample opportunity to tie ropes around several of them at a time, forming posts for tarps or clotheslines. We set up the tarp to get some shelter from the morning rain. The rain being cold, we also tried out dry unpitching the tent with success.

Why Go Back?

Looks like a great spot if you are a stand up paddle boarder or a kite surfer. Probably great for swimming in the summertime. Small and sparsely laid out site.

Venemäe
   

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Vihterpalu
   

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