Vinga, Gothenburg

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Vinga Lighthouse, is a Swedish lighthouse on Vinga island. The present-day lighthouse was built in 1890, although Vinga has been a significant island for mariners long before that. This lighthouse is the third built on the island. It is one of Sweden's most noted lighthouses and a special symbol for the city of Gothenburg.HistoryThe first tower was built in 1841, it was the first Swedish lighthouse with lens. A second was built in 1854 to make Vinga a "double light", since there had been complaints that it was hard to tell the difference between the lighthouse in Skagen, Denmark, and Vinga, Sweden, from afar. The flame ran on colza oil. In the 1880s the need for a better and higher lighthouse was urgent and in 1890 the new lighthouse was built, it ran on paraffin. The lantern on the second lighthouse was removed and it was transformed into a watchtower (the red and gray short tower on the picture). The first lighthouse was demolished and only the foundation remains.In 1948, the tower was electrified and in 1974, it was automated. It is now remote controlled by the Swedish Maritime Administration, who wanted to deactivate the lighthouse in 2007 since the commercial shipping did not need it anymore. The proposition met with heavy opposition and the tower is still active.The Vinga station also has a distinctive red pyramid, a day beacon, adjacent to the tower. It was built in 1857.
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  • Small island (500 a 200 meters) about 10 Nm West of Gothenburg. Few suitable berths for yachts. Though beautiful nature. Here are also excursions from Gothenburg. Definitely worth a visit.
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  • Gothenburg, founded 1621, would not exist if it wasn’t for the Port of Gothenburg, which is the largest port in entire Scandinavia! There are many islands and skerries at the entrance to the Gothenbur...  more »
  • We took the ferry because it was included in the City Card and because we think that the trip altogether we would take 4 hours. Error. The ferry left the port of Gothenburg at 10 o'clock in the morning and came to Vinga at 11:30. As we arrived, a lady was waiting for us to give us a guided tour of the island by 50 SEK per person (€5). It is noted that you can not access if this guide is not paid to the Museum on the island, the lighthouse or anything and we were not informed of this prior to arrival. But what bothered me most was to find me on the island that the ferry was not going to return until 3, with what we would come to Gothenburg at 4:30! Spaniards eat late and therefore not had prepared nothing for chopping food. We thought eating returning to Gothenburg. However, we had to be on the island until 3 stupid way, since there is nothing else to do to see the lighthouse and take a walk on the rocks. To who happened you to leave 3 hours and a half to see this tiny island? It makes no sense and makes you lose the whole morning. Finally I must complain about that to not having any place to eat on the island, you feel forced to eat on the boat, with prices that this implies, if you do not want to fail...
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