When completed in 1892, the Yttergrund lighthouse was the tallest in Finland. The buildings housing the lighthouse keepers are from the same year.
Close to the buildings, there were also small animal shelters and cultivated parcels as well as fences built of the stones removed when the land was cleared.
The lighthouse was automated in 1963 and the buildings were left empty. The Yttergrund lighthouse is now Finland’s third tallest lighthouse after the lighthouses of Bengtskär and Suomenlinna.
Metsähallitus now owns the lighthouse keepers’ buildings, and Solrutten is responsible for their maintenance.
Yttergrund, Sideby, Kristinestad, Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 61°58.831 ' lon: 21° 17,676 ' ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 6885151 E: 201242
Connections and Maps
- The closest harbour accessible by car is : Kilhamn, Kiili 62°02,3’ P, 21°18,7’
- Topographic map nr 1241 03
- Topographic map nr 1241 02
- Nautical chart 957 Merenkurkku, 1:250 000,
- A marked fairway leads to Yttergrunds pier (solrutten.fi).
- Information on Yttergrunds pier (solrutten.fi)
- Campfire site
- Dry toilet
- A waste disposal terminal maintained by the Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association (pidasaaristosiistina.fi) is situated by the pier.
- Lighting any campfires is strictly forhibited if the forest fire warning or the grass fire warning is in effect. Always check the current warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi). This prohibition does not apply to cooking shelters or other fireplaces with a flue. There are no cooking shelters or other fireplaces with a flue on the island.
- You have to bring your own drinking water
- Pets must be kept on a leash when moving around the island.
- Keep to the trails during the period 1.5 – 15.7 in order not to disturb the birdlife during the nesting season.
- Read more about mobile phone coverage (112.fi).
- Protecting yourself against ticks and insects
- Check which fishing licenses you need (eraluvat.fi).
112 Emergency Number
If you have an emergency during your trip, such as getting lost, injured or finding a wildfire, call 112. Read more detailed emergency instructions.
Download the 112 Finland application (112.fi) to your phone. When an emergency call is made through the 112 Finland application, the emergency centre attendant is automatically informed of the caller's location.
It is recommended to keep the mobile phone warm and to bring extra food and water with you. There are many excursion locations with no mobile coverage and some mobile phones does not work in sub-zero temperatures, that is why it is always a good idea to let someone know about your itinerary and timetable.