Bengtskar Lighthouse, Rosala

Bengtskär Lighthouse is located in the Archipelago Sea about 25 kilometers south west of Hanko, Finland. The lighthouse was built in 1906 on the Bengtskär skerry where it rises 52 meters above sea level and is the highest one in the Nordic countries. The lighthouse had been planned for some time, but after the steamer s/s Helsingfors ran aground in 1905 in the vicinity en route from Lübeck to Helsinki resulting in several crew members trapped and drowned on board, the project gained urgency and was completed during the following year. Soviet troops stationed in Hanko during the Continuation War, disturbed by a Finnish observation post in the light house tried to blow up and destroy the lighthouse during the Battle of Bengtskär in 1941.

These days Bengtskär Lighthouse is a popular tourist destination and is visited annually by roughly 13 000 to 15 000 tourists. There are some hotel rooms, and a sauna made of granite.
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  • Easy to say: you just have to see this place by your own eyes, because the atmosphere here in the lighthouse is far more better than it is in these beautiful pictures. The ride to the lighthouse...  more »
  • I took a ferry from Hanko to go to the lighthouse. The boat trip in itself was nice, with good lohikeitto on the way to the island. You can smoke on the ferry, just ask the crew!!! Once we reached...  more »
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  • A fantastic experience and an important walk to history of Finland. Spiritually refreshing. Friendly atmospheric family run cafe and hotel.
  • It was exceptionally warm and sunny in May Day. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The lighthouse tower was easy to climb.
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