On the outpost of the island of Hamneskä, one of Sweden’s most rugged, windblown and exposed locations, sits the towering Pater Noster lighthouse. The state-of-the-art creation, whose name translates to the "Lord's Prayer" has guided seafarers safely through the island’s treacherous waters for more than a century, and in that time a small-scale community has developed around its base.
Now, the doors to the Lighthouse Master’s home are once again opening. The island welcomes nature lovers, those who are seeking a remote, off-the-beaten-path getaway and those in search of raw, wild tranquillity. This is an island where the light shines brighter and the wind blows wilder, the ocean is saltier and the seafood fresher.
Step into the Lighthouse Master’s home and the untamed wilds of nature are replaced with cosy interiors, warm décor, Swedish nautical charm and understated luxury. A quick peek out of a window will take you back to the rocky outcrop and never-ending ocean views, enjoyed this time in a snug armchair with a hot drink in hand.
Within the house there are only 8 double rooms and 1 suite designed by Swedish agency Stylt and incorporating original rustic features with vintage maritime details, warm metallics, traditional furniture and dark hues drawing inspiration from the surrounding waters. The hotel accommodates a maximum of 18 guests, ensuring a true away-from-it-all experience. A locally sourced, homemade breakfast and seafood dinner are offered to all guests as well as use of the Swedish hot tub with heated seawater (weather permitting).
Other activities include catching and cooking fish, kayaking, meditation in the lighthouse and scuba diving. The manager of the house aspires to be a leader in sustainability and sees himself as an environmental steward of this wild corner of the world. The hotel uses only local produce and services to stay as low-impact as possible.
*With thanks to Erik Nissen Johansen for providing all images - © Erik Nissen Johansen