Rödhamn, an idyllic island only 10 nautical miles south of Mariehamn. For hundreds of yers the harbour has provided saftley and protection for seafarers, especially at night.
Environment station with assorting. Wood heated suna for rent by the hour. Café (wines and beer available).
Boat places 60
Mooring buoy to pier
Guest harbour open 1 st of June to 31 st of August
Phone +358 18 54 028
Rödhamn – historical site with natural beauty
Rödhamn, the “red harbour”, out by The Åland Sea offers beautiful nature and fascinating history. This is the place where seafarers have quarreled with inn keepers, and where pilots and lighthouse keepers have lived with their families and domestic animals. Here a great number of vessels have sought shelter and waited for favourable winds throughout the centuries.
Rödhamn that in fact consists of three islets, Långö, Gloskär and Rödö, was the last safe harbour for the seafarers before they crossed the open sea on their way from Finland to Sweden.
Come and discover the islands!
Chapel and cliff carvings
The islets carry memories from the past centuries. On Rödö there are still remains of a seafarers’ chapel. These kinds of chapels were a common sight along medieval sea routes.
There are still traces of names, years, coats of arms and a sun clock carved into the rocks. Seafarers who were forced to wait for storms to abate used to keep themselves busy in carving messages into the smooth cliffs of the islands.
Food and accomodation
On Gloskär there are remains of buildings that used to be a sailors’ inn from the 1750s until the 1920s. The inn keepers were obliged to serve meals to sailors and to offer accommodation. Sometimes the businesses got rough, for example when the sailing well-boat August arrived to Rödhamn in 1814. The parties could not agree on settling the bill and one of the guests was beaten until he bled! The harsh inn keeper lost his license and had to leave the island.
The significant position of Rödhamn started to decline and the heydays of the inn started to fade away when the steamers conquered the seas and started to sail new routes
There were pilots stationed on Långö in the 1820s. The pilot station was closed down in 1928.
Rödhamn’s pilot cottage was painted with the characteristic colours white and green. In the 1980s the house was burned down due to its bad condition. A new cottage was built on the same foundation according to the drawings from 1903.
From the cottage there is a magnificent view over the area and a total control of the sea traffic.
The pilots of Rödhamn had many dramatic stories to tell about the life out at sea. One the worst sea disasters off Rödhamn took place in 1916 when a passenger steamer Skiftet hit a mine on its way from Mariehamn to Turku and 86 lives were lost in the explosion.
The radio beacon of Rödhamn was operated from 1937 until 1970. The white-painted engine house up on the cliffs is still a well-known landmark for sailors.
The radio beacon was a fantastic invention of its era for the navigators. Radio signals were used to guide the vessels. Each radio beacon had its own signal and this was an enormous development and a huge step for the seafarers who no longer were dependent on daymarks and lighthouses that were not visible in dark or in bad weather conditions.
The lighthouse keepers and their families lived in the house next to the beacon.
Today the engine room houses a small museum with an exhibition on technical gear from the 1930s. Here there are for example diesel engines that provided the beacon with electricity. The engines are in perfect condition and they can still be used today!
Today Rödhamn is a popular meeting place with yachters from east and west alike. The location is excellent in the lee of the bare cliffs and the sea bottom for anchoring is perfect. There are several jetties with berths.
Welcome to ÅSS guestharbour at Rödhamn – a historical site with natural beauty!