Monday, July 23, 2018


Another lighthouse pretty far out, and known for weather observations, is Strömmingsbådan, somne 20 km west of Bergö. A barren and interesting place, impossible to resist for a sea kayaker.
I visited Strömmingsbådan in July 2017, during the fantastic Rönnskär archipelago tour. The original plan was to possibly stay there for the night, which would have been perfectly possible, but the fine weather forced us to continue.

It is about 20 km out from Bergö with a kayak, but there are some islands on the way that provide possibilies to land on, with some difficulty.  You probably don't want to paddle there in bad weather, though, since the area is very stony.

Strömmingsbådan itself was quite easy to land on, though.

The lighthouse was built in 1885 and measures 13.7 m, with 16.2 m height over the sea. The place has been used by fishermen for several hundred years and the need for a lighthouse was obvious, since the waters are extremely stony and dangerous. No really good place was found, though and Strömmingsbådan was finally chosen, even though it is a very barren and small island and there was no reasonable harbour there.

The harbour with breakwater was built in 1987. Before that the boats had to be pulled up from water when not being in use.

There is some nice drone footage on YouTube from the island.

Position: N 62° 58,762' E 20°44,366'

Source: I yttersta havsbandet. Fyrar och båkar i svenska Österbotten. Hans Hästbacka.

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