Seal Hunting Museum

Tankarin saareen kulku MS Jennyll

Since the Stone Age, seal hunting was a significant source of livelihood in the coastal regions of Finland. The museum on Tankar Island holds an extensive collection of objects related to this occupation which was carried out in harsh wintery conditions.


Tankar Island, originally called Tankokari, used to be a base for fishermen and seal hunters, and the base for a lighthouse and pilotage community. The barren island with its cairns was an important land and sea mark for maritime travellers. A beacon was built there in the 19th century. The lighthouse dates back to 1889. Today, there is a pilot station on the island.
Small grey fishing huts still dominate the landscape on Tankar. The natural environment of this small island is diverse, but vulnerable. The conditions for bird watching on the island are excellent. The island also has a church built in 1754. In addition, there are seasonal accommodation services available on the island.

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Seal Hunting Museum
Tankarin saareen kulku MS Jennyll

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