Huvudskär is a Swedish archipelago, consisting of about 200 rocks and islands, and a lighthouse. It is located in the Baltic Sea, in the southern part of the Stockholm archipelago. For many hundred years this area was very important for fishermen. Huvudskär is a very popular destination for sea travellers and tourists. Many of the old cabins on the islands can be hired during summer season. Some of them are private property.

Huvudskär lighthouse
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Huvudskär archipelago,
east of Dalarö
Coordinates58°57′47″N 18°34′05″E / 58.963081°N 18.568182°E / 58.963081; 18.568182Coordinates: 58°57′47″N 18°34′05″E / 58.963081°N 18.568182°E / 58.963081; 18.568182
Constructed1882 (first)
Constructionconcrete tower
Height16 metres (52 ft)
Shapetapered cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markingswhite tower with one black band
Power sourceacetylene, solar cell panel Edit this on Wikidata
OperatorSwedish Maritime Administration (Sjöfartsverket)[1]
First lit1931 (current)
Focal height26 metres (85 ft)
Lens4th order Fresnel lens (original), 3rd order lens (current)
Range12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi)
CharacteristicIso W 8s.
Sweden no.SV-2855

The lighthouseEdit

In 1882 the first lighthouse was lit. This was placed on top of a keepers house made of wood. The lantern came from the deactivated lighthouse on Korsö. The light was a kerosene lamp. In 1931 the now standing tower was built and both the lantern and keepers house removed. The new tower first ran on acetylene gas, and later was electrified. In 1992 solar power was installed to the lighthouse. It is owned and remote-controlled by the Swedish Maritime Administration.

Huvudskär 2016

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Sweden: Nynäshamn Area". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2016-04-04.

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