How can you get to the lighthouse?


At the entrance to the Gulf of Finland, 30 kilometers southwest of Hanko, the highest lighthouse in the Nordic countries towers 52 meters above the sea. The lighthouse is situated on the southernmost island in the Archipelago Sea, in the eastern part of the northern Baltic Sea. The nearest village, Rosala, is located 18 kilometers north of Bengtskär.

The shortest and most sheltered route goes through the beautiful Hitis archipelago. On a tour boat, the trip from Kasnäs to the lighthouse takes about one hour. The address of the harbour in Kasnäs is Kasnäsintie 1289, Kemiönsaari. See the location on the map.

The boats departing from Hanko leave from the Eastern Harbour. The nearest address is Satamakatu 4 (look at the map). From there it´s about 200 meters to the dock (map).

Tour boats from Kasnäs

During the summer months, the Archipelago Sights Route takes you to two of the main attractions in the archipelago: Bengtskär lighthouse and Rosala Viking Centre.

At the Viking Centre, you will go back a thousand years to the legendary Viking Age. Besides traditional exhibitions, the centre has a Viking village with reconstructed buildings where you can try on a Viking warrior’s armour and play games that were popular during that age. In the atmospheric chieftain’s hall, you can enjoy a delicious fish soup by candlelight.

From the top of Bengtskär lighthouse, there’s a breathtaking view of the open sea. The exhibitions on the lower floors tell about the life of the lighthouse keepers, the battle of Bengtskär, and the nature of the archipelago. In the cafe you can enjoy a cup of coffee, and out on the rocks you can sunbathe by the sea. You can take a swim in the clear waters of the southern bay.

During the weekends in May and September there are tours which only go to Bengtskär. You can experience the arrival of spring in the outer archipelago and watch as Bengtskär becomes a paradise for birds, with migratory birds and hundreds of nesting eiders. In autumn you can follow the migratory birds’ journey to southern latitudes. Regardless of the weather, the hospitality and traditional fish soup will warm your heart.

Photo of the chieftain’s hall
Photo of a viking house.
Photo of happy viking child.

Tour boats from Hanko

Come to Bengtskär from Hanko with M/S Summersea to experience the more than a century old history of the lighthouse!

The light in the Nordic countries’ tallest lighthouse was lit for the first time in December of 1906, and it still flashes today. During the journey you can enjoy a lunch on board, and at the lighthouse you can climb up to the light room, explore a bunker and drink a cup of afternoon coffee in the lighthouse’s café.

M/S Summersea has room for 155 passengers, a cafe and a large sun deck. In the summer, the boat leaves for Bengtskär from the Eastern harbour (Itäsatama) in Hanko.

Timetables and prices for the tour boats

Spring eider duck safari (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) 1-28.5.2021

  • Departure from Kasnäs, Kimitoön, 11.00
  • The cruise takes about 6 hours
  • Price: from 65.00 euros / adult, 40.00 euros / child (3-12 years old) and 5.00 euros / child (0-2 years old) including the entrance fee, a guide leaflet or guiding, and lunch on Bengtskär
  • Book here
  • Trips may be cancelled due to strong winds

Archipelago Sights Route cruise 29.5-29.8.2021

  • Departure from Kasnäs, Kimitoön, at 10.30
  • The cruise takes 6.5-7 hours
  • Price: from 68.00 euros / person including the entrance fee, a guide leaflet or guiding, and lunch at the Rosala Viking Centre as well as a guide leaflet at Bengtskär. Children (4-14 years old) for half price
  • Book here
  • Trips may be cancelled due to strong winds

Archipelago Sights Route cruise from Rosala island 29.5-29.8.2021

  • Departure from the village harbor in Rosala at 12.50
  • The cruise takes 3.5-4.25 hours
  • Price: from 48.00 euros / person including the entrance fee and a guide leaflet or guiding on Bengtskär. Children (4-14 years old) for half price
  • Book here
  • Trips may be cancelled due to strong winds

Summersea 17.6-21.8.2021

  • Departure from Itäsatama, the Eastern harbor in Hanko, at 11.00 (not on Sundays in June or 9-21 August)
  • The cruise takes about 5,5 hours
  • Price: 68.00 euros / adult and 28.00 euros / child (4-14 years old) including lunch on board as well as the entrance fee and a guide leaflet or guiding on Bengtskär
  • Bookings: Marine Lines, email
  • There must be at least 30 passengers for the cruise to leave
  • Trips may be cancelled due to strong winds

Autumn weekend trips (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) 1-30.9.2021

  • Departure from Kasnäs, Kimitoön, 11.00
  • The cruise takes about 5.5 hours
  • Price: from 65.00 euros / adult and 40.00 euros / child (3-12 years old) including the entrance fee, a guide leaflet or guiding, and lunch on Bengtskär
  • Book here
  • Trips may be cancelled due to strong winds

Charter boats and taxi boats

In addition to the tour boats, you can come to Bengtskär by chartered transport. You can freely schedule the timetable according to your own wishes and needs.

The following boats have Kimitoön as their home harbour:

  • Björknäs Care, M/S Martta II for 11 passengers
  • Kasnäs Venetaxi, M/S Ida for 10 passengers and M/S Ida II for 20 passengers
  • Taalintehtaan Meriliikenne, M/S Alva for 21 passengers and M/S Ocean for 33 passengers
  • Wilson Charter, M/S Minandra for 40 passengers M/S Sissel for 80 passengers

The following boats have Hanko as their home harbor:

  • SunFun, M/S Panda for 20 passengers
  • Marine Lines, M/S Summersea for 155 passengers

Turku as its home harbour:

  • Rosita Ab, M/S Lily for 200 passengers

Prices for charter boat and taxi boat transports depends on the boat, the number of people, the timetable, and the route. Contact us and we will gladly give your group an offer.

Photo of M/S Alva.
Photo of M/S Minandra.
Photo of M/S Ocean.
Photo of M/S Sissel.

With your own boat

The island is closed and landing prohibited until the end of May due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Because of the Corona pandemic private boats must ask for permission before coming to Bengtskär. Call number +358 50 307 4227 and ask Per Wilson if it is possible to visit the island, and at what time it is possible. He can also tell you about the weather and landing possibilities. The number of visitors per day must be limited, and permission is granted only if there is room for more visitors.

There is no guest harbour on Bengtskär. The piers are reserved for tour boats and taxi boats, and for service traffic. During calm weather in the summer months, private boats with permission can be moored by the rocks at 10.00-12.30 and 15.45-18.00. Staying overnight is not permitted, and you cannot anchor on the north side of the island due to the many cables on the seafloor.

Both the island and the buildings are private, and the island is very small and treeless. When possible, the staff will come and meet your boat and tell you about the service on the island. The entrance fee must be paid on the shore, 9 euros / adult and 4.50 euros / child (4-14 years old), which is used for maintenance of the lighthouse. It is not possible to give tours to every boat, but you can join the tours organized several times per day.

By helicopter

There is an official landing site on the island, but you must always agree on the landing with the chief of Bengtskär heliport, Per Wilson, tel. +358 50 307 4227. Only one helicopter may land at a time, and the staff must ask the visitors to move away from the landing site.

Charter flights from Helsinki

Helsinki Citycopter offers helicopter transport services and day trips to the lighthouse with its modern fleet from Helsinki and other cities. The flight from Helsinki takes approximately 45 minutes. With a chartered helicopter you travel with your own schedule and the flights can be organized from several locations such as airports, helipads, temporary landing sites or even from your own backyard! The flights are operated with Airbus H125 helicopters, which are equipped with EFS-floating aid systems, making them ideal for flying to the archipelago.

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