Tankar is a small lighthouse island which has been inhabited since the 16th century. The oldest buildings are a chapel built in 1754 and fisherman’s hut built in 1768. The lighthouse was completed in 1889.

Today Tankar is a popular tourist attraction offering visitors an experience of nature and an insight into what life used to be like in the archipelago. You will find further information about Tankar island and boat trips to the island on the website of Kokkola Tourism Ltd.



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Tankar, Kokkola, Finland
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Founded: 16th century
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Finland
Historical period: Reformation (Finland)

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Przemysław Niewiadomski (18 months ago)
A very nice island, about 90' away by boat from Kokkola. On the island, a pleasant trip around the island where you can admire the birds, the lighthouse, the museum. Plenty of space to sit in nature and make a picnic. Yet the church is great and worth visiting.
Judith Fillafer (2 years ago)
A beautiful trip to this island to the lighthouse. It takes about 90 minutes to get there by boat from Kokkola. Walking tour, museum, cafe, bird watching or just relaxing...
Nikolai Risak (2 years ago)
It’s not easy to get into, only in the summer and only on Wednesdays the lighthouse is open to the public, and then not all of it, but only up to the lantern. The room with the lamp is closed, there is only a photo of it. It’s worth going, because everything else in Kokkala can be explored in 1 day. The place is pleasant, quiet, peaceful. The bonus was a concert in an old church. There is a clavichord there, and this summer, at least, a very decent musician played Baroque works on it.
b-m nelimarkka (3 years ago)
Vackert to this, uh. Beautiful place, island Beautiful place, island
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