The green days of the calendar are still available. Please, wait for the departure time to appear before you press the Reserve button. The system may briefly announce "There is not enough capacity on the selected date" before the departure time appears.

The Coastal Route, Rosala Viking Centre and Bengtskär lighthouse

The Coastal Route in south-west of Finland is a great way to experience the archipelago, whether you travel by bike or on foot. You can visit Rosala Viking Centre and Bengtskär lighthouse when you travel from Kemiönsaari to Hanko.

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 2 h 45 minutes - 3 h
  • Departure at 10.30, on 17.8 at 11.00
  • 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 trip Kasnäs-Rosala-Bengtskär, 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.

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 we visit another destination in the archipelago instead of the lighthouse. If you booked a one way trip, we'll contact you if the boats from Kasnäs can't land on Bengtskär.

Boats can be fully booked, so we warmly recommend making a reservation. 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. The places for bicycles must be booked in advance, and are also sold as separate products in the webshop: Kasnäs-Rosala-Bengtskär for bicycle.

You can reserve your return journey to Hanko for same day from Marine Lines. Also the boat to Hanko has limited capacity.

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. The limits on the more open route to Hanko can differ. 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

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

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