Sunday, 1 February 2015

Högbonden, Sweden

This is still one of my only Unesco postcards from Sweden. ...and it's got a lighthouse on it as well! :)

Högbonden is a Swedish island and lighthouse located in the World Heritage Site Höga kusten. From springtime in May through October a hostel is open to visitors in the old lightkeeper's house. In the summer season there is regular daily boat service from Bönhamn to Högbonden. The whole island is a nature reserve.

The lighthouse was built after complaints that there were no lighthouses between Lungö and Skagsudde. It is the second-highest placed lighthouse in Sweden (after Kullen Lighthouse), and it was also one of the most powerful. In November 2010 the old lens was finally retired and the power source changed to solar cell-power. The light now consists of a small white light on the balcony's railing and the red an green sectors was removed. As of 2012 the tower is in bad condition and in need of repairs. It is owned by the Swedish Maritime Administration.

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