Jul 25, 2012

Visiting Sälskär lighthouse island

After two nights in Käringsundet, we continued with a short 24 nm leg to Djupviken, which is a wild anchorage in the northern Åland. The wind was light in the morning, and there was still some swell remaining from the strong southwesterly breeze the day before, so we had to motor the first hour. Fortunately, the wind picked up somewhat during the day so we hoisted the gennaker and could continue the rest of the leg under sail.

The northern part of the Åland Archipelago is one of the most beautiful sailing areas in the Baltic Sea in my opinion. The first time when I sailed there was four years ago and I have been coming back almost every year - only last season we did not have time to make a detour to the northern side of Åland.

On our way to Djupviken, we decided to take a coffee break in Sälskär. I have sailed a couple of times past this little lighthouse island, which is located in the northwestern corner of Åland and I have always wanted to visit the island, but there is no harbour and the island is exposed to the open sea. Luckily, on Tuesday the conditions were good as the wind was light and the island was partly blocking the southwesterly swell. The waters are pretty deep and probably as rocky as the island, so anchoring may not be safe in anything more than calm conditions.

Therefore, we decided to borrow the private mooring buoy, which is used by charter boat that takes tourists to see the island. Minna stayed on the boat in case that the buoy needed to be vacated, while I took our tender and rowed ashore to see the island. In Sälskär, the landscape resembles northern Lappland and lone can experience the wilderness and quietness of the northern Åland. There are only few summerhouses and, surprisingly in the highest summer season, quite a few boats as well.

As I am writing this blog post, we are already sailing towards Kustavi, where our journey ends this time. Dolphin Dance will be left there while we go back home for the weekend. Thus, the last blog posts on Djupviken and on the last long leg from Åland to Kustavi shall come later, after we have returned back home.
/Antti





Sälskär Lighthouse is built in 1868 

It is also possible to stay at the island in this hut 

Landing in Sälskär can be difficult with the dinghy if there is swell. The small pier is used by the charter boats.


1 comment:

It would be very great to hear your opinion or comments. Thank you in advance for commenting! -Antti & Minna