In close contact with the Sea and the Islands
It is easy to understand that more than 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by sea when you are at Gottskär and the Onsala Peninsula or when you travel to our annex at Nidingen.
Kungsbackafjorden, which is a bay, is almost 20 km long and more than 5 km in its widest place, and all the beautiful small islands in its archipelago are nature reserves. They offer nice sandy beaches and remind us that we are in Halland, most of them are high with beautiful cliff tops and on the larger islands, a wide variety of vegetation. All islands are well worth a visit, something you can do in our boat should you not have your own. The last ice age has largely characterized the appearance and shape of the islands in the fjord.
Outside the fjord, southwest of Onsala, on the open sea lies two islands that were entirely created by the ice age as they consist of sand, gravel and rock as the ice was released when it began to melt away.
The larger, Malön, is about 2.5 km long and is relatively easily accessible as it is close to the mainland plus it does not have many reefs under the surface.
The smaller, Nidingen, is 1 km long and only 3-4 meters high and more difficult to get to. It has 3 km of underwater reefs that have caused damage to hundreds of ships over the years.
Nidingen – part of Gottskär Hotell
Nidingen has been part of the Gottskär hotel since 2007. Our activities on the island with excursions, lodging, events and activities are open from May to September.
For private groups or individual trips read more at VISIT NIDINGEN
Facts about three unique lighthouses
Below you find some more information about the three lighthouses / islands which we really would like to show you in our RIB-boat (Rigid Inflatable Boat).
More knowledge about these magical places you will get when guiding you.
For more photos, please go to BILDER/GALLERY
Sweden’s first lighthouse, since 2007 an annex to Gottskär Hotell, is geologically very unique plus that a lot of the lighthouse history has been written here.
The island was created by the last ice age about 12000 years ago and is an approximately 4 km long drumlin. 3 km of the “reef” is hidden under the sea surface, while 1 km stands up above and forms the island itself of today.
The treacherous reefs that protrude to the east and west of the island are believed to have caused about 600 marine accidents through the years, from the 17th century onward.
The Danes started with a double lighthouse on the island in 1624 and it became the world’s first. When the new lighthouse, built in 1945, came to light, the two old stone towers, from 1834, could be extinguished. Over the years, houses and warehouses have been built for the lighthouse keeper’s families, which after several renovations are now part of the hotel’s annex offering accommodation, food service, meeting rooms etc.
We arrange short trips, day trips, weekend packages, kick-offs, experience packages, etc.
Nidingen is a unique tourist destination and part of our National heritage.
Here you will experience:
- Countless rocks of all its sizes and colors
- Unique and old lighthouses
- Crystal clear water
- Stone reefs and “islands” that appear and disappear
- A rich birdlife, (Sweden’s third largest bird station)
- Seals can be seen a major part of the summer
- Tumlare (a small whale) can be seen between Gottskär and the Island
- Sweden’s sunniest place the last 10 measured summers.
On our journey Southbound from Gottskär through the fjord we pass the small island Fjordskär. On this tiny islet and until 1907, here was a four-storey house and for a period four lighthouse keepers and a total of six children lived here at the same time…
The lighthouse is today owned by Onsala Lighthouse Association and is still shining with the help of solar cells.
We will tell you more when we go pass during our trip to Nidingen or on the Archipelago Tour for those who only book a shorter boat ride.
The lighthouse Lilleland, majestically she stands on the treacherous Lilleland’s reef, which caused a lot of shipwrecks over the years until the lighthouse came 1946. The reef and the lighthouse have gotten their names after the little skerry Lilleland, which do not really exist. How is it that possible?
The top 1000 cubic meters of the round stones on the reef are moved when waves and currents work properly in harmony. Instead of spreading out on a large surface under the water, they are laid on top of each other and form a small skerry above the water surface. This skerry can range from one meter to 55 meters long, about 8 meters wide and 1 meter tall (the largest that has been documented).
On our trip to Lilleland with our RIB-boat, we will take you right next to the skerry so that you can see all the rocks and the steep edge that goes down to 40 meters deep.