Bengtskär lighthouse, the highest in the Nordic countries

Bengtskär lighthouse is located in the Gulf of Finlandabout 25 kilometers south west of the city of Hanko. 

The lighthouse was built in 1906 on the Bengtskär skerry where it rises 52 meters on sea level and is the highest one in the Nordic countriesSoviet landing troops tried to explode the lighthouse during the Battle of Bengtskär during the Continuation War in 1941, but we Finns won the battle.

Bengtskär lighthouse is nowadays a popular tourist destination and is visited roughly 13 000 to 15 000 tourists every year. There is also Finland’s first lighthouse museum. You can also book a room there and spend a night or two. The boat trip from Hanko takes about an hour.



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4 Responses to Bengtskär lighthouse, the highest in the Nordic countries

  1. Rigby says:

    You’ve taught me a new word…skerry. I gather it’s from an old Norse dialect, so is there a similar word in Finnish? I’ve been told that Finnish is a discrete language, more related to Hungarian than other European languages, but I suppose there is some swapping of words between neighbours.
    The spiral staircase is wonderful, as is the entire construction. How admirable that people can build such strong edifices in such remote and exposed locations. I imagine it gets a fair battering in storms and yet remains almost as solid as the rocks on which it stands. Is it made of granite? It is an unattractive, menacing colour, but looks magnificent in the monochrome shot at the bottom with the clouds.

  2. dianaed2013 says:

    Interesting – a substantial building unlike many in England. Love the spiral and the capture of the lighthouse in the environment

    • Thanks Diana. Many of our lighthouses were originally manned round the year. Now all are automated, but the buildings are still there. Finnish Lighthouse Society is promoting and maintaining those as part of our cultural heritage.

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