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LARGE02-2Welcome to Garpen Lighthouse! Take the opportunity to visit Lighthouse Garpen in Kalmarsund. Its unique environment and historic surroundings makes this island a real gem. The island is open to the public from June 1 to September 15 and there are communications by boat from Bergkvara Marina. You have reached the island within 15 minutes. Experience and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

We offer Bed & Breakfast with facilities for up to 20 overnight guests in double rooms and family rooms. On Garpen we have a small restaurant/café where you can enjoy your meal.

As a visitor you can spend the day or stay overnight on Garpen. The buildings on the island are more or less intact from the time that the lighthouse station was built.

We wish you a pleasant stay at Garpen Lighthouse. A Scandinavian summers dream, romantic and relaxing.

Naturally it is a ”must” to visit the balcony at the top of the lighthouse. Count the steps to the top where you will see the breathtaking panoramic views that Garpen Lighthouse has to offer. You can also visit the small lighthouse exhibition which is situated close by.

International Lighthouses weekend

The event is always held on the 3rd full weekend in August. Many lighthouses in Sweden and around the world are open to the public. More specific information about the boat departures to the island these days will be found under “Boattrips to Garpen”. Welcome to the our lighthouse this weekend.

History

The first lighthouse was built as early as 1893. The material used was red and yellow brick, which however decomposed and cracked due to frost. For this reason the lighthouse was replaced in 1934 with a concrete tower, equipped with 119 steps.

A succession of lighthouse masters and lighthouse keepers and their families have resided on Garpen. During the 1930’s as many as 16 persons inhabited the island. The personnel worked in shifts throughout the night keeping a lookout for ships and ensuring the maintenance of the lighthouse. During the wintertime connections with the mainland could be severed due to ice obstacles for up to 14 days. The last functionaries left Garpen in 1967, when automation took over.

 

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