The Lighthouse on Mykineshólm, Mykines lighthouse Faroe Islands
West of the island Mykines you will find the islet Mykineshólmur, a much loved tourist attraction. The eventful journey to the islet will take you through steep climbs, a walk through an area highly populated with puffins and even a foot bridge 30 meters over the Atlantic ocean.
In 1909, a lighthouse was built on the islet. 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 occasionally hold tasks for the University of Copenhagen, where they would observe the northern lights.
Today, only one house remains on the islet.
The Mykines lighthouse is now automated, and therefore the job as lighthouse keeper in Mykineshólmur is no more.
If you find yourself in Mykineshólmur at night without the light summer nights, you will still see the three blinks every 20 seconds coming from the lighthouse.