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Söderskär Lighthouse

4.7.2019 Text: Helsinki This Week Photos: Header: Visit Porvoo
To do & see in Helsinki - Söderskär Lighthouse

One of the most beautiful places in all Finland is the Söderskär Lighthouse in the outer archipelago of Porvoo, just 1,5 hours boat ride from Helsinki. 

At these few barren islets in the Baltic sea, you can experience solidarity and silence, as well as the beauty of wild nature and amazing open sea views. These islets are part of a nature reserve and you can visit the place only as part of an official Söderskär cruise.

The 32 meters high lighthouse was built in 1862 and inside it you’ll find an exhibition with stories and photos of the lighthouse keepers and long lost sailors. Author Tove Jansson was inspired by the Söderskär Lighthouse when writing her Moomin story Moominpappa at Sea. The lighthouse is also part of Finnish war history of 1918 and 1940s. The last of the lighthouse keepers left the Majakkasaari island in 1957.

Daily cruises to Söderskär lighthouse depart from the Market Square at 9:00 and the boat stops also in Vuosaari, Eastern Helsinki, at 10:30. Return to the Market Square at 16:00. There’s a café onboard. Tickets 65 € / adults, 33 € / children 6–12 yrs, 0–5 yrs for free.
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