VIINISTU ART HARBOUR
On the Estonian northern coast, deep into the Gulf of Finland, where the ancient Viking trade routes began their journey to the East, lies a rugged green peninsula. Filled to the brim with rivers, lakes, and wild old forests, teeming with deer, boar and wolves that habit one of the most diverse natural forest reserves in Europe.
Its coastline, ringed with desolate beaches where the cries of seagulls rhyme with the lapping of the icy cold waves, is also home to one of the most impressive private museums in the region, Viinistu Art Museum, created by Jaan Manitski. Born in the very same village, he escaped by boat with his family to Sweden, where he grew up and worked as a business manager for the legendary band ABBA. After returning to Estonia he served as a Foreign Minister and moved back to his birthplace, establishing the Viinistu Art Museum.