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Marjaniemi Lighthouse

In terms of cultural history, the splendour, which has been in use for more than 150 years, is one of the most popular places to visit in Hailuoto.

Location type

Historiallinen maamerkki

Marjaniemi Lighthouse


The Marjaniemi lighthouse reaches majestically into the sky. Its pale brick walls reflect bright sunlight. When I touch a building, I feel its strong foundation. Historical stories whisper in my ears.

This lighthouse has been seen as a symbol of Hailuoto since the end of the 19th century. The design of Finland's leading architect Axel Hampus Dahlström was built and finally put into use in 1872. Since then, it has been an unusual aid to shipping.

Local guides Ritva Rundgren and Vuokko Heikkinen-Pereira tell me about the lighthouse's past. There are plenty of stories because its history is fascinating.

"From the appearance of the lighthouse, you can immediately see where Dahlström has taken his impressions," Vuokko points out. " Italian architecture has had a great influence."


The lighthouse happens to have a so-called "Italy window", which has been used to send signals to the sea through colors. The fact that the colors are the same as the Italian flag is just a funny coincidence. The real Italian atmosphere is created by the architecture.

"The port of Oulu is used worldwide, so the Marjaniemi lighthouse has saved many ships from getting lost," says Vuokko. "However, it has not saved everyone. "

Shipwrecks have a long history near Hailuoto. There are enough stories. If you want to hear these romantic and tragic stories from the experts, book a guided tour of the lighthouse. You get to visit the top, hear Dustaf Dalén's sympathy for the Nobel Prize and the automation of the lighthouse.

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The entity responsible for the destination

Hailuoto Municipality is responsible for the site.


The site is not accessible to people with mobility impairments. There are no assistive devices at the destination.

Entrance fee

€10 adult
€5 child (primary school age)
€25 family (2 adults + 3 children)

Order and group pricing separately.

Small groups outside normal opening hours 1-5 people (couples and families) €20 order charge + admission fee charge, minimum charge €50.

Visiting hours

The opening hours for 2024 will be published in the spring of 2024.

Contact information

Inquiries and reservations: / 040 556 2572


Marjaniementie 789, Hailuoto, Finland

Web address

Inquiries and reservations: / 040 556 2572

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