Iconic lighthouses of the South Coast

Credits: Julia Kivelä

Starting Point: Helsinki
1-3 days

Journey: Iconic lighthouses of the South Coast

Visit these guardians of the sea, which stand on secluded islands where the roaring water and wind meet the calm and serenity of nature. Go for an hour, a day, or even longer – many Finnish lighthouses are open to visitors and some allow overnight stays. Start your journey from Helsinki and travel south to enjoy the views of the Finnish Archipelago.

Söderskär Lighthouse

Söderskär is an impressive and imposing lighthouse that exudes the energy of bygone adventures.

Travel tip

From Helsinki, take a train-bus combination to Hanko. The train stops at Karjaa, where the trip continues with a bus to Hanko. The total travel time is about two hours.

View train timetables here and bus timetables here.

Places to stay in Helsinki

Complement your stay in a lighthouse with a night in a Helsinki city hotel. Here are some unique options to choose from – including Hotel Katajanokka, a former prison that’s now a modern hotel.
Art Nouveuau room

Hotel Arthur

Places to eat in Helsinki

Helsinki offers tons of places to eat, from Michelin-starred establishments to classic Finnish restaurants. Try one of these spots for lunch or dinner.

Places to stay in Hanko

Hanko is primarily known for its summertime charm and long daylight hours and offers a variety of accommodations for visitors. Take time for yourself at Regatta Spa Hotel, or enjoy the homey atmosphere at B&B Villa Aurora.

Places to eat in Hanko

Looking for a bite to eat in this seaside town? Stroll the waterfront and choose from a wide variety of restaurants, such as Makaronitehdas, which serves freshly made pasta, or Brasserie Regatta, a classic French bistro. In the mood for pizza? Try Skiffer!