The trip out to the island and the lighthouse Pater Noster is an experience in itself. Out on the fjord we see Carlsten Fortress on Marstrand slowly fading away in the east, and our eyes turn west. Then it appears like a spire on the horizon - the king of lighthouses - Pater Noster. We enter the small harbour and are greeted by the first stories about the island, the lighthouse and its dramatic history.
After checking in and feeling settled, we are ready for a tour of the island. We will learn more about the lighthouse people, the houses, the lighthouse and how this small mini-community lived on the island. This tour can end in the old food cellar where champagne is served.
Now there is time for lunch, where we sit depends on the weather. It's all about living on the island's terms.
For coffee we drink Pater Noster's coffee, produced by a small, well-known coffee roastery in Gothenburg, which has selected an organic bean quality with light roasting that goes perfectly with the water and gives a wonderful taste experience.
The water we use on the island is desalinated and purified seawater and we consider it the island's luxury good.
The afternoon offers the opportunity to socialise, with salty baths guaranteed, both in the sea and in the two heated saltwater tubs. From here, a magical view of the horizon towards Denmark, the cobbles where the seals have their favourite haunts, Carlsten Fortress and the island's mighty lighthouse Pater Noster. For those who want to take a lovely sauna bath and soak in the warmth, you will also enjoy a wonderful view of the horizon.
Those who don't want to swim but would rather retreat to read a book, paint or just be at peace, will certainly find their special place on the island and enjoy the view, the freshness of the air and the intense presence of wild nature.
The lighthouse is open, you might want to take advantage of the moment and do a nice meditation yoga at 32 meters, or why not a massage*, we guarantee it's hard to close your eyes. The view from the lighthouse offers different lights, sounds, smells and nature with many different facets and impressions. There are no filters here, just 100% authenticity. We can go up here on several occasions during our stay to experience the day and evening, sunset and sunrise.
In the evening, we set the table for dinner and sit down in the Lighthouse masters dining room, in his boathouse - or if the weather is good - in the courtyard. The evening's meal includes an appetizer amuse, and entree with a focus on locally produced ingredients depending on the season. This is followed by a sumptuous seafood platter with lovely accompaniments such as freshly baked bread, homemade seaweed mayonnaise made with seaweed and a butter with reed kelp. After a wonderful dining experience, a delicious homemade dessert is served.
After dinner there will be island coffee and maybe something strong in the lighthouse master's lounge. And the evening has only just begun...
Wake up to the sound of the waves and the cry of seagulls, open the curtains and look out over a glittering sea, the Carlsten Fortress on Marstrand far away, the changing sun and the feeling that you don't have to run up to the lighthouse to work. Stay a while longer or take a fresh morning dip in the sea. Then a hearty breakfast is served with homemade breakfast bread, scones and homemade lemoncurd and a lot of other good accessories.
We check out, board the boat at 10.30 and leave Pater Noster behind us for this time ... or stay another night?
Out here at sea, where the Skagerrak and Kattegat meet, is a place where the light is clearer and the wind fresher, where the water is saltier and the seafood fresher. This is the place where the senses are heightened and where the Pater Noster lighthouse stands firm and gives us security.
Want to enjoy an isolated place and bring loved ones where you can be completely private.
Accommodation for 18 people, chef and staff for one day are included in the private island package.
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How do you reach a lonely, isolated islet at the far end of the sea? We'll make sure you get out safely and securely using our helicopter service or by RIB. The journey out to the island and the lighthouse Pater Noster is an experience in itself. Experiencing the west coast from the sky or from the sea is another dimension of nature experience.
Get even closer to nature by booking a comfortable Dux bed located outdoors at the top of a cliff, sleeping under the open sky with sparkling stars and moonlight. Sunset, the moon, the dark beauty, birdsong, wind and sea, it's like paradise. The perfect place for a romantic stay or for a wonderful nature experience.
Out here there is nothing that can affect the light, which makes the stars sparkle like diamonds - and there are no mosquitoes, snakes, ticks or mice.
The bed is booked as an additional option with a room booking.
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We offer wine tasting in our wonderful wine cellar with perhaps the best view in the world? The old food cellar on the island now serves as the island's wine cellar.
Our tastings are put together by our sommelier Anders who loves to "talk wine". The tastings are held at a relaxed level where we usually concentrate more on conversations about wine and wine production etc than on looking for exact scents and aromas.
Examples of themes we are passionate about are vineyards that grow with sustainability, local wine producers, like Wine Mechanics, wine from Gothenburg. Wine from islands, wine from e.g. Sicily, Sardinia, Canary Islands Where we explore among other things the same grape from different countries and production techniques.
Paddle about 2h with a guide in a sea kayak among the islets and islets around Pater Noster. Enjoy the salty winds as we gently glide through the Paternoster Archipelago and its surrounding islands. We may be joined by curious seals on the tour as we paddle out into the far reaches of the coastline, exploring the archipelago via small straits and coves where only a kayak can reach.Book / Read more
Get a true West Coast experience with an ocean tour that can take from 1-3 hours. Experience all that the West Coast has to offer for the day and come with high expectations! Around Pater Noster there are seals, porpoises, works of art and sunsets that trigger each other depending on the weather and time of day. We travel in a rib boat and you decide the length of the trip, number of stops on the way and speed. To book you need to email us your wishes and request.SEND YOUR REQUEST
One of the few remaining professional fishermen on Marstrand offers a unique experience for fishing enthusiasts. During the fishing season from May to October, he shows his favorite fishing spots and shares his best tips for a successful fishing trip. Game fishing is popular and it is common to catch cod, mackerel, saithe, dogfish, butterfly and ling. The outer reefs around Pater Noster at a depth of 15-40 meters is usually the fishing area. During the lobster fishing season in October there is a different type of fishing, where you can catch lobsters in traps placed on the seabed. A really exciting and educational activity for anyone who loves fishing and wants to discover the best fishing on the West Coast. To book, email us your request.Request
Seals are a common sight on the west coast and there are several species that thrive in this area. The two most common species that can be seen on the West Coast are gray seals and harbor seals. Seals are fascinating animals that are known to be skilled hunters and spend most of the day hunting for fish and shellfish. Once they have filled their stomachs, you can often find them lying on small rocks digesting their food. It is not uncommon to see a group of seal pups gathered around an adult seal, which takes care of them and gives them security. These social animals live in colonies and usually stay within a limited area. The gray seal is the largest seal species on the west coast and can weigh up to 300 kg. Males have a characteristically large nose called a haremuller. Grey seals are common in the Kattegat and Skagerrak, where they are most often found in the open sea and on rocky islands. The harbor seal is a smaller species, weighing between 100-200 kg. They thrive in coastal areas and can often be seen in ports and fishing villages. They prefer shallow areas with lots of rocks and cliffs where they can rest and sunbathe. The harbor seal is known for its large eyes and beautiful fur. Seals are very important to the ecosystem on the west coast. They act as a vital link in the food chain and are an important part of marine biodiversity. But even though they are a natural part of our fauna, it is important to show respect and keep your distance when visiting their habitats. Seals are intelligent animals and have developed communication with each other. They also have a hierarchical structure within the group, with older and larger individuals having a higher status. However, when food runs out in one place, it may be time for the seals to try their luck elsewhere. Sometimes they can even be out of reach for an hour's boat ride. But don't worry, we at the seal safari tour will do everything we can to find them and give you the best possible experience. Our seal safari tour gives you a unique opportunity to learn more about these fascinating animals and see them in their natural environment. Come and experience it for yourself, and create memories for life!SEND REQUEST
Meet our expert and marine biologist, learn how to harvest seaweed in the wild and experience tasting and cooking. With us, you can learn all about seaweed, from its different species to its importance as a key part of the food of the future. We strongly believe that seaweed will play a crucial role in sustainable food production in the future. Group of at least 6 people. To book, email us your request.INQUIRY
No, you haven't. If you find on the same day that you cannot use your boat out to the island of Hamneskär and you cancel your stay, you will be charged the full value of the stay excluding drinks. In the case of booked arranged transport, if our skipper considers it unsuitable to enter the harbour on Hamneskär due to strong winds, the guest is entitled to have the booking retained and can be used at a later date for a period of one year from the date of confirmation of the booking. See more information "Conditions"
The gift card is valid for 2 years from the date of purchase.
Yes, you can pay for your booking with your American Express via payment link and use the card for purchases on the island.
In order to maintain the standard we want to offer our guests, the chef must be well prepared and ingredients must be purchased and transported out to the island well in advance of our guests' arrival. This requires planning and preparation. Fish must be caught, shrimp must be trawled, crayfish must be caught, seaweed must be harvested. We want to ensure a culinary experience for our guests as much as our own sustainable operations.
In case of cancellation 60 days before arrival, 25% of the total amount of the cancellation will be charged. For cancellations made between 30 days and 15 days before arrival, 75% of the total amount of the booking will be charged. Cancellations made less than 14 days before arrival will be charged 100% of the total amount of the booking. With our cancellation insurance, you can cancel without reason up to 2 weeks before arrival and receive a full refund except for the cancellation insurance premium. If the weather does not permit departure to Hamneskär and our skipper deems it impossible to call at Hamneskär harbour, helicopter service is offered on request for price or a pending booking that can be used within 12 months.
No, but there are public parking spaces in the vicinity of the pick-up points. Check Google maps and plan your time to find parking, especially during peak season. There are more guests on board the ribbon boat and we appreciate everyone respecting the agreed departure time.
9 rooms in total, up to 24 beds. The rooms are divided as followed: 3 Lighthouse Keeper's Rooms for 2 adults and 2 children, 5 Lighthouse Assistant's rooms for 2 adults and Bakery Cottage for 2 adults.
Yes, as long as there is space in the port and it is safe to dock. When you book your hotel room, we'll give you information on port depths and tips on the best way to enter the port. Please let us know 3h before your planned arrival time. We will then have time to free up a place in the harbour for you, help you with the docking and welcome you to the island. Please note the cancellation conditions.
The summer café is open from 1 July to mid-August, when the weather is fine. We post current opening hours on Instagram and Facebook, follow us there. Book transport with our partners. All are welcome subject to capacity in our small harbour however max 2h harbour space. It is a small guest harbour and a rotating visitor facility is needed. It is not possible to book a berth. Please RESERVE the space in the harbour, it is dedicated to the business. If you wish to spend a whole day on the island to sunbathe and swim, we ask you to moor at the rocks and consider the island as a normal natural harbour.
It does, as long as we have received the information well in advance so that we have time for all the logistics of purchasing food and transporting food out to the island, ideally we would like to have the information at least a week before the arrival date.
Grundén's raincoat, Sydväst (rain hat) and Grundén's fishing clothes are available for loan on the island.
Crossing with RIB from Rönnäng, on Tjörn gives a smoother crossing. Pater Noster The skerries shade the sea which influences the sea to behave somewhat calmer.