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The Coastal Route 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 Bengtskär lighthouse when you travel from Hanko to Kemiönsaari.

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.

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

When you arrive in Rosala, you can for example explore the Viking village and stay in Tentsile Tree Tent.

Boat trip from Bengtskär to Rosala

  • Duration around 50 minutes - 1 h 15 minutes
  • Departure at 15.30, 29.6-4.8 at 15.40, 17.8 at 16.00
  • Departure port Bengtskär
  • 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 Bengtskär-Rosala

Good to know

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

We recommend arriving at the pier in Bengtskär 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. If you booked a one way trip, we'll contact you if the boats from Rosala can't land on Bengtskär.

You can get from Rosala island to Kasnäs with the free-of-charge ferry M/S Aurora, see timetable. The boat from Bengtskär arrives in Rosala village harbour, about 5 km from the ferry harbour in Långnäs. Here are other distances from Rosala village harbour: the Viking Centre 200 m, Skytent Ecocamp Rosala 1,3 km, brewery Rousal Brygghus 2,6 km, sand beach Gröndalen 5 km, Hitis village and church 8,5 km.

Boats from Bengtskär can be fully booked, so we warmly recommend making a reservation. Children may only travel accompanied by an adult. The places for bicycles must be booked in advance, and the places are sold as separate products in the webshop: Bengtskär-Rosala for bicycle.

You can reserve your journey from Hanko to Bengtskär for same day from Hanko Tourist Office. Also the boat from Hanko has limited capacity.

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 to Rosala 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 from Hanko can differ. Forecasts: for example fmi.fi, yr.no

Timetables

June and August (1-28.6 and 5-25.8.2019):
15.30 Bengtskär-Rosala, ca 50 minutes - 1 h 15 min

On Sat 17.8.2019 exceptional timetable: departure from Bengtskär at 16.00

July (29.6-4.8.2019):
15.40 Bengtskär-Kasnäs, ca 50 min