The Bengtskär Lighthouse beckons visitors
Bengtskär lighthouse, the tallest one in Scandinavia, played an important role in both World Wars due to its strategic location near the mouth of the Gulf of Finland. The hardy lighthouse recovered from its bruises, and is today a part of Finnish cultural history.
It is easy to get to Bengtskär lighthouse from Hanko harbour: a ferry reaches the island in about an hour. During the trip, you can admire a mystical vision far in the horizon: a big lonesome lighthouse, standing on a small rocky island, rises ghostlike, seemingly out nothing.
When the lighthouse was completed in 1907, a five man crew was hired to live on the island: a lighthouse master, three lighthouse keepers and a fog horn operator. They lived on the island with their families for several years and seldom visited the mainland. The families were nearly self-sufficient: they had sheep, pigs and a small vegetable garden. Sometimes, during autumn storms, waves would wash over the whole island, sweeping away the valuable garden.
During a trip to the island lasting a couple of hours, you can take part in a tour, where the tragic tale of the island is told. After the tour, a lovely fish stew is served.
Coastal Areas & Archipelago
Coastal Finland with its stunningly beautiful archipelago offers a variety of fascinating destinations that are easy to reach. They all have their special characteristics and open up any number of various experiences for visitors.