Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Norrskär lighthouse

The Norrskär lighthouse is quite far out in Kvarken. I visited it in 2017 when exploring the Rönnskär archipelago.

Norrskär is situated around 40 km from the shore, though some islands are closer. Going there by kayak needs fairly good weather, since there is a 17 km exposed crossing from the nearest island. The island itself is also quite interesting, with both nature and history to check out.

The 21 m high lighthouse was built in 1846 in stone, with 1.5 m thick walls to withstand weather and time. It was also the last manned lighthouse in Finland, with the last keeper leaving in 1987. Due to its remote location, it was totally isolated during the winter months and life there was quite hard for the lightkeepers and their families. A number of tragedies occurred there during this time.

The nature is quite barren, but still rich in life.

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

Position: N 63° 14,051' E 20°36,136'

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

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