There's A Human Story At Every Lighthouse

That's the story we want to tell. Visit Lighthouses with Ullimair Travel Bureau

What to Bring?

Come prepared for a few hours on the water — hats, sunscreen, light outerwear for the afternoon sea breeze, and snacks.
Water and binoculars are provided.
And don't forget your camera!

Strikingly tall structures perched on rough windswept coastlines, hearkening back to an earlier seafaring time in history, lighthouses are a constant source of fascination for travellers.

The Gardskagi Lighthouse

The Gardskagi Lighthouse (or Garðskagi) on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland is known for its picturesque setting and for being one of two lighthouses in Garður. This lighthouse was built in 1897. A newer one was built in 1944. It is located not too far from the airport in Keflavik.

Dryholaey Light House

Visit the Dryholaey Light House in Iceland. The view over the black beaches is mesmerizing as the setting sun topping it right off. You can stay here in the summer months and it is a brilliant spot for puffin watching as well. Race from the cliff edge to the cliff edge to get as many pictures as you can. The views are all amazing as you are high above the sea.

Nieuwpoort Lighthouse, Belgium

The lighthouse of Nieuwpoort is one of the prettiest on the entire Belgian coast. With its painted red and white rings, it is a very popular photo motive. The lighthouse was built in 1949 and the last lighthouse keeper did his job until 1963. Nowadays the lighthouse of Nieuwpoort is a popular destination for Sunday excursions since it is located amidst a nature conservation area.

Lighthouse of Ploumanac’h, France

In Brittany, France, on the “Cote de Granit Rose” is located the Mean Lighthouse, also commonly known as Ploumanac’h lighthouse (Ploumanac’h being the name of the nearby town). Made of pink granite, like the coast itself, it’s particular colour is what attracts many.

Warnemunde, Germany

This is a treacherous area on the Baltic Sea. Warnemunde is the largest lighthouse (36.9 metres). It commenced operations in 1898. Painted in red and the green stripes, lighthouse guards the opening to the bay.

What Elements Does the Lighthouse Comprise?

The Lower Service Room

The lower service room is the location of the clockworks (for rotating optics), fuel tanks, and vents. It was in the service room, that the keeper cleaned the lamp chimneys and prepared the lantern for the coming night.

Optic Section

The optic section is the area, surrounded by glass windows, called storm panes. The storm panes are set in metal frames. The vertical members are called astragals. Sometimes, more often in British lighthouses, the astragals were diagonal.


Lamps were of many designs, and at first whale oil fueled the multi-hollow wicks. In the 1850s European countries turned to Colza Oil (wild cabbage). The United States changed over to lard and then, in the 1870s, to kerosene. Eventually, the oil lamp was replaced by the electric lamp, usually a 500 or 1,000-watt lamp (bulb).

Zachariah Readdie,
Chief Communications Officer at Ullimair Travel Bureau