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What is it about lighthouses?

skapad 2015-07-06 i 'Green Adventures Blog'

 

Pater Noster. The king of lighthouses on the Swedish west coast. Or well, maybe one of the kings I think I ought to say. Cause there are lots of proud, good looking classic lighthouses, on the Swedish west coast and they could all be dubbed as kings. They are all majestic and they are beautiful in all kinds of weather, 365 days a year.

Lighthouses have a certain way of attracting people on the sea, no matter if they are traveling in a sailing boat, a motor boat, a kayak, swimming or on an airfilled mattress. We are drawn to them, it's like they are calling us to come and check them out. And of course, back in the days (and still to some extent today) they were life savers. A guiding light for the people on the sea long before the techincal revolution had taken place.

I think they are beautiful. They are a perfect reason to spend a day on the sea in my kayak and last Sunday, when the Weather Gods were asleep, me and Lukasz dipped our paddles in the sea enough times to reach the stunning lighthouse Pater Noster some 10 km off the shores of the Tjörn island.

First lit in 1868, it was on duty until 1977 when someone "turned off the switch". Stying dark until the big renovation took place when the lighthouse was lifted to the mainland for maintenance work and then put back on the island Hamneskär where it belongs, in 2007. Now it's once again guiding people, ships, kayakers and porpoises. It's there to greet us when we are approaching it and then wishing us a great farewell when we leave, hoping we will be back soon.

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Lukasz launching in Kårevik early in the morning before all the kids arrived to the sandy beach. It was nice and very quiet...

Lukasz launching in Kårevik early in the morning before all the kids arrived to the sandy beach. It was nice and very quiet...

Åstol is a true gem with the fortress Carlsten in the background on Marstrand.

Åstol is a true gem with the fortress Carlsten in the background on Marstrand.

Lukasz breaking the water surface infront of the island Åstol in the bright morning light.

Lukasz breaking the water surface infront of the island Åstol in the bright morning light.

Calm mornings in the kayaks are like big deep breaths to your soul.

Calm mornings in the kayaks are like big deep breaths to your soul.

The dream of the day is shaping up at the horizon - Pater Noster Lighthouse.

The dream of the day is shaping up at the horizon - Pater Noster Lighthouse.

The harbour is not big and can sometimes be a bit of a challange for boaters to approach in strong winds and big sea state.

The harbour is not big and can sometimes be a bit of a challange for boaters to approach in strong winds and big sea state.

Pater Noster is really worth a visit.

Pater Noster is really worth a visit.

The mist and fog horns are always on duty here on Hamneskär.

The mist and fog horns are always on duty here on Hamneskär.

What a great climbing venue this would have been. If only we were alone on the island...

What a great climbing venue this would have been. If only we were alone on the island...

I'm so happy for my Lettmann Biscaya LV I got last year. We are having great sea adventures together.

I'm so happy for my Lettmann Biscaya LV I got last year. We are having great sea adventures together.

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