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.

Landsort, Lighthouse

 

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.

Landsort, icy rocks

 

Rocks and skerries shine like frosted cakes in their ice caps.

Landsort, stenar i ismössor

 

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.

Landsort Battery

 

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, hostel

 

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.

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.

 

One of the rarities spotted around the feeding station was this skylark that has managed to survive the cold winter.Skylark

 Landsort, stugor i hamnen

 

To see the sun dip into the “ocean” is always spectacular.

Landsort, solnedgång

Good night and let the lighthouse special shine its ever-loving light on us!

Landsort, fyrljus

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6 thoughts on “Landsort – second best to the Outer Hebrides

  1. Beautiful photographs, Roffe. I love that all of the buildings on the island appear to be the same color, red with white trim. Is that true?
    And I love the knitted trees. There’s a park near where I live that did this, as well. It’s quite lovely to see the shock of color around the bark of a tree. Everytime I passed the park it would give me a huge smile. I don’t know much about the idea behind the knit sweaters for these trees, but I adore the affect.

  2. You are welcome! It is both fun and educational to get a peek into other peoples life, especially when you share similar interests, like birds, biking and hiking. Our biking season will not start for another month or two, the roads and biking lanes are still too slippery or covered with snow. But May 1st at the latest, our “mustangs” will be taken out from the basement to face the sun and dusty roads again. 🙂

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