Kobba Klintar
Kobba Klintar
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Carpediemkath
Tucson, Arizona95 contributions
Friends
I was intensely curious about this place because it’s visible from the ferry from Turku to Mariehamn and back. I finally had an opportunity to go and it’s so worth a visit! The old pilot house is now a museum and gift shop, and has a small cafe run by volunteers—I highly recommend the Åland pancake. The old beacon now has a large, airy, light-filled meeting space that’s perfect for group activities. And the rocky island has a colony of snakes! (But they’re shy and you’ll have to search pretty hard to find one.)
If you’re lucky enough to be there during a ferry crossing, you’ll see a massive ship sailing within feet of the island (or so it seems). It’s an amazing sight.
Written 23 August 2021
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland26,518 contributions
Kobba Klintar is an old pilot station that ceased operations in 1972. The striking pyramid has replaced the former beacon.

For the seamen, it has been a statue of liberty. It is the first thing you see when arriving in Mariehamn by boat or ferry.

Now the island is run by the association Kobba Klintarnas vänner. There is a cafe on the island. Guided boat trips to Kobba Klintar are organized in the summer.
Written 7 July 2020
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teadrinker7
Stockholm, Sweden76 contributions
Friends
4 of us took kayaks and paddled to the island. It’s not difficult if you paddled before (it can get a little choppy near Kobba klintar, I suggest not going if it’s more than 8 m/s wind) and can read a map, just watch out for the ferry crossings, so make sure you reach the island before 13 and stay until 14:30, during which time you can have a sandwich, a coffee and see the small museum.
Written 14 July 2019
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Ricardo B
Miami, FL2,968 contributions
Friends
This extremely interesting place is about 49 minute by speedboat from Mariehamn and it is absolutely recommended specially if you go with Les boats. Lovely island, very unique and interesting buildings and overall a very amazing experience. Great
Written 10 September 2018
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Lisa Bolin
Mariehamn, Finland39 contributions
This is a definite favourite place! Great history, lovely little harbour for your boat (or you can get there via a boat that goes regularly in summer). The café, open in the summer months, is nice - sandwiches, beer. It’s nice for a byo picnic too, as you watch the ferries go by.
Written 28 August 2018
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Jan G
Aland Island, Finland12 contributions
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This is an old pilot station and one of my absolute favorite places. In 1861 the first pilot house was built and it is still standing. This is the entrance from the sea to the town of Mariehamn, which was also founded in 1861. In 1910 the new pilothouse was built. In my childhood my family often sailed to Kobba Klintar for a wonderful day in the sunshine on the red cliffs, swimming and visiting the pilots.
The pilot station was closed in 1972 but now it is open for visitors thanks to the society "Kobba Klintars vänner (friends)". The houses have been renovated and there is a café in the old pilothouse. The "new" house is a museum and it is fascinating to imagine the life of the pilots. The entire ground floor is occupied by the still working machinery for operating the fog horn, which runs on compressed air. On the next floor you find the pilots quarters with kitchen and sleeping rooms. Continue up to the attic and you will find the enormous foghorn and one more stair takes you to the lookout on top of the roof. It is nice summer weather when you are here but try to imagine a winter snowstorm and the fog horn hooting twice every minute.
This is a place to relax, to enjoy the nature and the sea, listen to the seagulls and watch the ferries passing to and from Mariehamn. You can only come to this place by boat, your own boat is of course best but there are speed boat connections from Mariehamn fishing harbour in summertime.
Written 29 December 2017
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lars l
Mariehamn, Finland49 contributions
You cen see ferries who going in to MARIEHAMN but its a very relacing place boat is going from FISKEHAMNEN about 2 km from centrum of MARIEHAMN they have a cafe with some small food beer coffe cakes and other good staff but i thing its ok to take a picknickbag with you i have seen that some do that sometime they have artists who put up there paintings in a new building have it.....
Written 16 September 2017
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Humanitarian-Loggie
London, UK266 contributions
Friends
We were lucky to have a friend with a boat who took us out to Kobba Klintar on a day when there were special events with masses of visitors and long queues for the commercial tour boats. It also meant we could sail all round the island and take some different photographs.
The main interest is the heritage aspect of the pilot station and the sad stories of the many nearby wrecks.
Best to go slightly out of season and mid week to appreciate the solitude.
Written 6 August 2017
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Andreas P
Aland Island, Finland23 contributions
Family
As long as you find your transport out here, then it's worth a visit, especially in nice weather. There is a view out onto the Åland Sea, part of the Baltic Sea. Also history of events happening out there on the small islands.
Written 17 January 2017
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Robin R
Brussels, Belgium534 contributions
Solo
I visited Kobba Klintar one freezing cold day in November. Although the café was closed, the upshot was having the little island all to myself and appreciating its isolation. It's nice to wander around, watch the huge ferries sailing past, and contemplate the beauty of nature. At first, it's easy to mistake the carefully placed two life-size statues for real people.
Written 6 November 2016
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