In 1909, a lighthouse was built on the islet of Mykines. In addition to aiding ships navigating the waters, it also became a weather station, measuring temperatures and wind speeds.
Alongside the lighthouse, a house was built for the lighthouse keeper. This is currently the only house on the islet, however, in the 1930's two more houses were built there, after which a community of up to 25 people lived on the islet, and even children were born there. During the winter, the children would be schooled at home, but during the summer they would hike back to the village to go to school. The area around the houses was used to keep a milking cow and chicken.
On top of lighthouse duties, the staff would also occationally hold tasks for the University of Copenhagen, where they would observe the norhern lights.
These days, only one house remains on the islet. The lighthouse is now automated, and therefore the job as lighthouse keeper in Mykineshólmur has been made redundant.
If you find yourself in Mykineshólm at night outwith the light summer nights, you will still see the three blinks every 20 seconds coming from the lighthouse.
NB: A certified guide is mandatory when traveling beyond the village of Mykines