Welcome to an unforgettable trip in the archipelago!

In the Viking Centre you can experience Finland living the end of its Iron Age, the mythical Viking Age. Museum consists of not only informative exhibitions, but also an entire reconstructed Viking village where you can for example try on a Viking warriors outfit or play games enjoyed already by the Vikings.

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.

Guidings and lunch

Both the Viking Centre and the lighthouse are easy to get acquainted with on your own, but we recommend also taking part in the free introductions during your visit. The short video presentation at the Viking Centre introduces the mythology of Vikings. Bengtskär's brief guiding of the lighthouse's history is held - weather permitting - outdoors.

The lunch is enjoyed in the majestic Chieftain Hall of the Viking village. Traditional fish soup, archipelago bread and coffee/tea are served at a buffet. Bengtskär lighthouse's cosy café is open during the visit.

Briefly

  • Duration around 6 h 30-45 minutes
  • Departure at 10.30
  • Departure port Kasnäs, 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, entrance fees and lunch at the Viking Centre

Good to know

We can take notice of most of food allergies at the lunch, as long as we get the information in advance. All food is low lactose. You can write the diets on Additional information under Customer details at checkout.

The cafés in Viking Centre and Bengtskär accept Visa, Master and EuroCard, Visa Electron and cash.

There is a public free-of-charge parking area in Kasnäs around 450 meters before the pier. The road Kasnäsvägen ends in three boat jetties. The boats depart from the Vänö jetty on the right, or on busy days from the Örö jetty in the middle. We recommend arriving at the pier 15 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, and offer for returning passengers their next Archipelago Sights Route during the same season for reduced price of 54,00 euros / person.

Boats can be fully booked, so we warmly recommend making a reservation. Don't forget to book places for the smallest in the family! Tickets for children (0-3 year olds and 4-14 year olds) are sold as separate products in the webshop. Children may only travel accompanied by an adult.

When you reserve the trip, start by selecting the number of people. The green days on the calendar are still available for the number of people you chose. Select a day, and press the Reserve button when the departure time is displayed. The system may briefly announce "There is not enough capacity on the selected date" before the departure time appears.

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):

10.30 Kasnäs-Rosala, ca 30 minutes
Viking Centre, presentation (ca 15 min), independent exploring of Viking village and exhibitions, lunch
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-Kasnäs, ca 1 h 20-45 min

On Sat 17.8.2019 exceptional timetable: departure from Kasnäs at 11.00, Rosala at 13.00 and from Bengtskär at 16.00

July (29.6-4.8.2019):

10.30 Kasnäs-Rosala, ca 30 minutes
Viking Centre, presentation (ca 15 min), independent exploring of Viking village and exhibitions, lunch
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-Kasnäs, ca 1 h 20 min