Valaste Waterfall on the Ontika Cliff belongs to the North-Estonian Klint. It is the highest waterfall, not only in Estonia, but also in the Baltic States.
The road between Ontika and Toila is very unusual and offers breathtaking views of the sea. Eastwards from Ontika, in Valaste, there is the highest waterfall of Estonia. The Valaste waterfall is at its best in spring; when, the snow is melting and the waters rush down from the dramatic cliff. In wintertime the water freezes and forms fairy-tale like ice galleries. Summers are dry and silent.
Valaste Waterfall on the Ontika Cliff
Valaste waterfall is eastward from the cliff. The waterfall, dropping from Saka-Ontika-Toila Cliff, is the highest in the Baltic States. The cascade is most impressive in springtime. The waterfall is still actively shaping its profile. It has created a "fresh" outcrop and, therefore, is very interesting to geologists. The waterfall is getting taller - the falling water is wearing out its base. Opposite to the waterfall a platform for tourists has been built.
The local Russian community has a tradition of attaching a padlock to the platform on the wedding day and throwing the key into the ravaging waters. There is a parking lot, some explanatory signs, and a very well made trail using a double spiral staircase to get down the cliff.
(Sources: Estonia Tourist Office, MarvaoGuide.com)
Valaste Waterfall Links
Frozen Valaste Waterfall (video)
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