Garpen lighthouse, situated on an island about 2 kilometres outside Bergkvara, was originally built in 1893. But the bricks that the lighthouse was partly built from crumbled and the first lighthouse had to be demolished in 1934. A new lighthouse in reinforced concrete was built the same year. The new lighthouse is the same height as the old one, 34 metres.
At the lighthouse station there is a lighthouse-keeper's house, a residential house with two apartments, a school building that has been used as a deputy residence, laundry room as well as farm buildings. The lighthouse was automatised and the last functionaries left in 1967.
For a long time there was no maintenance, but since 1998 the lighthouse with its surrounding buildings are taken care of by Garpens vänner (Garpen's friends). In the summer you can visit the lighthouse station with the boat Kronan, which departs from Bergkvara harbour. You can also stay the night in the lighthouse-keeper's residence characteristic of the period.