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Welcome to an unforgettable trip in the archipelago!

Bengtskär is the tallest lighthouse in Scandinavia, and its massive stone walls have witnessed some of the most dramatic events in Finland’s history. On climbing the tower and reaching the top, you’re awarded with a stunning view of the sea. You can explore the lighthouse keeper’s life in bygone days, the battle of Bengtskär and for example archipelago nature at the exhibitions on the lower floors.

Guiding and café

The lighthouse is easy to get acquainted with on your own, but we recommend also taking part in the free introduction during your visit. Bengtskär's brief guiding of the lighthouse's history is held - weather permitting - outdoors.

Bengtskär lighthouse's cosy café is open during the visit.

Briefly

  • Duration around 3 h 45 minutes - 4 h 15 minutes
  • Departure at 12.30, on 29.6-4.8 at 12.45, on 17.8 at 13.00
  • Departure port Rosala village harbour, Kimitoön
  • Weather reservation, strong wind and/or rough waves can cause changes in timetable, travel times, or prevent landing on Bengtskär altogether. We reserve right to all changes
  • The price includes boat transfers and entrance fee

Good to know

The café and souvenir shop in Bengtskär accepts Visa, Master and EuroCard, Visa Electron and cash.

The departure harbour is located on the beautiful Rosala island, very near Rosala Viking Centre. Rosala island can be reached by free-of-charge car ferry from Kasnäs, see the car ferry timetable here. Please note that on Sundays the first ferry will depart from Kasnäs at 12.00 noon. The car ferry trip takes about 30 minutes, and the departure pier for Bengtskär's boats is about 5 km from the car ferry harbour. If you arrive with your own boat to Rosala, you'll find information about guest mooring here. We recommend arriving at the pier in Rosala village harbour 10 minutes before departure.

Trips to Bengtskär are always weather dependent. Heavy seas caused by strong wind prevents landing on the island about twice a month in the summertime. In that case the trip is not cancelled/refunded, but we visit another destination in the archipelago instead of the lighthouse.

Boats can be fully booked, so we warmly recommend making a reservation. Places for 0-3 year olds must also be reserved even if they travel for free. Children may only travel accompanied by an adult.

Please, read also terms before making a reservation.

Sometimes asked

Clothing. We recommend clothing according to weather, and comfortable walking shoes suitable for uneven terrain. It can be windy and humid at sea, but just as well warm and very sunny. The weather can change quickly.

Equipment. Consider bringing sunscreen, and perhaps even a flashlight for exploring the bunker in Bengtskär. Don't forget your camera, if you wish to take photos!

Boats. The boats are water-bus type and covered, and don't have a café aboard. Some boats have a toilet, others don't.

Wind limit for landing on Bengtskär. Depending on wind and wave direction around 10 m/s wind and/or 1.5 m significant wave height on Northern Baltic Proper. Forecasts: for example fmi.fi, yr.no

Timetable

June and August (1-28.6, 5-25.8 and 31.8.2019):

12.30 Rosala-Bengtskär, ca 50 min
Bengtskär, guiding (ca 10-15 min), independent touring of the island, lighthouse and exhibitions, café open
15.30 Bengtskär-Rosala, ca 50 min - 1 h 15 min

On Sat 17.8.2019 exceptional timetable: departure from Rosala at 13.00 and from Bengtskär at 16.00

July (29.6-4.8.2019):

12.45 Rosala-Bengtskär, ca 50 min
Bengtskär, guiding (ca 10-15 min), independent touring of the island, lighthouse and exhibitions, café open
15.40 Bengtskär-Rosala, ca 50 min