Kasper and I went on a mini-vacation to Bengtskär this weekend.
We left on Friday morning taking the cruise boat which leaves from Kasnäs and makes a stop at the Rosala Viking centre. At Rosala we learned about Viking history and ate delicious fish soup. The dining hall is meant to reenact a Viking-dining experience. We ate with dim candlelight at wooden tables with benches that turn into beds in case guests want to take a nap instead of leaving a good party (which we were told by one of the staff was typical of Viking parties).
After taking a tour around the museum, the boat took us to Bengtskär. Bengtskär is one of the most popular tourist destinations in this part of Finland. The lighthouse which was first built in 1906 was renovated in the 1990s and first opened for visitors in 1995. We stayed overnight, ate delicious food, read books and took long naps. Hearing only the peaceful sounds of the sea crashing up against the rocks is a very relaxing experience.
We came back on Saturday feeling very well rested. It was fun to feel like a tourist without being very far from home.