Landsort – second best to the Outer Hebrides
While still waiting for our dream of the Outer Hebrides to come true, we settled for second best, a two-day trip to Landsort on the island of Öja. This is the southernmost outpost of the Stockholm archipelago, a lighthouse and a pilot station since 1650. Actually, Landsort is the name of the very lighthouse but is also commonly used for the whole island.
We have visited Landsort several times before but never in the winter. This barren and windswept island has a year-round population of about 20 people and measures 4,5 km end to end and is about 600 m at its widest point.
Rocks and skerries shine like frosted cakes in their ice caps.
Strategically situated at the at the inlet to Stockholm and Södertälje Landsort has always played an important role in the defense of the Swedish coastline.
Quite a few concrete bunkers and naval guns still bear witness of Battery Landsort, built here during the 1930’s when faced with the threat of a second world war and later upgraded to the modern Ersta-Battery during the Cold War.
In the year 2000 this military establishment was closed, demilitarized and declassified and is now open to the public.
But with the guns still pointing eastward! 🙂
Six of the former military barracks have been renovated and turned into a nice and comfortable hostle, open all year round.
Landsort is a popular place for both birdwatchers and resting migratory birds and at the Bird Observatory ringing and counting is executed. Here a female goosander.
I still remember my own colorful striped leg warmers back in the 80’s, but I have never heard of “tree warmers”. Anyway, this is a feeding station in a private garden and maybe the colors help attracting the birds along with seeds and suet balls.
To see the sun dip into the “ocean” is always spectacular.
Good night and let the lighthouse special shine its ever-loving light on us!