The Village

Leaving the lighthouse behind, walk down the road towards the east, pass the museum and you will come to a crossroads. On your right is the place - well sheltered from the prevailing southwesterly winds - where the first settlers built their houses. Originally, there were two farms, which later in the 1770´s were divided further into two, so there were four farms belonging to the government pilots: Västergrannas, Norrgrannas, Östergrannas and Södergrannas.

Of these old houses only two, Östergrannas and Södergrannas, remain. Below the museum, where Västergrannas used to be, there is a modern building.

The landownership was reorganized in the 1870´s, when the state bought small plots of land for the pilots and customs employees. The lighthouse keepers lived in state-owned dwellings. Since these first houses were built, the architecture of the village has changed, first during the World War I when the Russians pulled down a few old houses and built new ones in their own style, then later when the Finnish army built modern rowhouses for their employees. The result is an interesting mixture of different styles.

At the moment, large parts of the island are owned by the state. Only the village area is privately owned. Many of the small islands around Utö belong to Archipelago National Park. The fishing waters remain in private ownership, with the exception of the waters around the far islets of Grimörarna, where a reservoir for seals has been established.