We advise contacting one of the local guides to get the most out of discovering the island. As you visit the very different places, this will allow you to hear fascinating tales, enjoy the distinctive brand of Hiiumaa humour and learn many new and interesting things. Certainly the house with the tower located on Kärdla’s central square can be a big help – there is the Hiiumaa tourist information office. Of course, nothing should stop you from striking out on your own, rucksack on your back and map in hand, or heading to one of the posted hiking trails, but you could miss a lot this way. If you’re visiting for the first time, you should go to Ristimägi. It is still customary for everyone passing by to fashion a cross of some natural material and erect it here in memory of Swedes who were forced to make an exodus from the island in 1781.