Bengtskär is by far our most popular destination
At the mouth of the Gulf of Finland, 25 kilometers south-west of Hanko, the highest light-house of the Nordic countries towers 52 meters above the sea. The light-house is located in the northern part of the Baltic Sea, upon the outermost rock in the Archipelago Sea. The rock belongs to the archipelago of Turku and is the southernmost inhabited place in Finland. The closest archipelago-village Rosala is located 18 kilometers north of Bengtskär. In Rosala you can visit the Viking Village and have a Viking-lunch.
The Bengtskär light-house is the most magnificent and imposing place worth seeing. The stone walls have seen many dramatic periods of our history. At the end of July 1941 – when Hanko was occupied by the Russians – two Russian patrol boats landed armed forces on Bengtskär. After a hard and bloody fight the Finns beat the Russian intruders. For a century the light-house has shown thousands of sea-farers the fairway. A great number of sea-wrecks have occurred in the dangerous waters around Bengtskär. The drawings of the mightiest light-house in the Baltic Sea, designed by architect Florentin Granholm, could already be seen at the world exhibition in Paris in 1900, but not until the loss of steam-ship Helsinki in January 1905, the Imperial Senate granted means for the building.
Nowadays you can walk on the rocks, have coffee or food in the lighthouse and you can even stay overnight. The lighthouse is also popular as a wedding-place.