20 Lighthouses to explore in Norway
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Bjørnsund Lighthouse is a coastal lighthouse in Hustadvika Municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. The lighthouse is located on the small island of Moøya in the Bjørnsund islands, about 5 kilometers west of the village of Bud on the mainland. The lighthouse was first established in 1871 and it was automated in 1986. The lighthouse was listed as a protected site in 2000.
Established in 1853-54, it has one of Europe’s most powerful lights. The lighthouse was built to ensure the safety of the shipping traffic along the coast. It was the first cast-iron tower to be built in Norway. Eigerøy bird-watching station was established by the lighthouse in 1991.
Fjøløy lighthouse was built in 1879. Automated in 1977. Recreational area. Signposted from E39 towards Utstein Monastery. The area is now facilitated with a universally designed path. You can discover interesting Norwegian war history combined with marvelous nature experiences in the area. This is one of the Cultural and recreational areas for the public.
Fulehuk fyr is a lighthouse built in the early 1800's on the archipelago Rauer due southeast from Østre Bolæren. It was lit for the first time in 1821 and was closed as a lighthouse in 1989. The lighthouse offer accommodation up to 40 people in the lighthouse and Naustloftet. The lighthouse itself is operated by the association of Fuglehuks friends, looked after by the foundation Fulehuk Fyr. Its been renovated by the association, and visitors can enjoy the stunning view from the top of the towe
Grønningen Lighthouse is located about 8 km south-east of Kristiansand. The lighthouse came into service on 1. September 1878, and was manned until 1980, when it became automatic. The lighthouse became a heritage building in 1994. Bragdøya Kystlag keeps the lighthouse open for visitors and as overnight accommodation during the school summer holidays.
Homborsund lighthouse is a coastal lighthouse located on the island Store Grønningen at the entrance to Homborsund outside Grimstad. The lighthouse is an example of a multi-family station as the lighthouse keeper lived together with his family on the island. The coastal strait is very busy during the summer, and the lighthouse has a great value of experience as part of the local environment.
Kjeungskjær lighthouse is the only octagonal lighthouse in Norway. The lighthouse was established in 1880, and from 1880 to 1947 the lighthouse was manned by a lighthouse keeper and his family. In 1987 the lighthouse was automated. At the end of the 1990s, the lighthouse was protected.
Kvassheim Lighthouse is a coastal lighthouse located on the beach at Kvassheim in Hå municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. The lighthouse is located about 2.5 kilometers south of the village of Vigrestad. The original building was established in 1912 and automated in 1984. In 1990, the lighthouse was replaced with a smaller, automated lighthouse located about 70 meters to the west of the old building. The old building is now used as a museum and landmark.
The lighthouse has been designated a national lighthouse museum and hosts various exhibitions relating to the development and history of lighthouses, maritime culture, etc. The mountain hall below the lighthouse houses a cinema, exhibitions, and a café. The complex also comprises a museum shop, a restaurant, and a gallery. You can see the remains of a German WW2 fort, and there are marked paths in the area.
The Lista Lighthouse is a 34 meter tall stone tower which was lit for the first time on the 10th of November 1836. During the Second World War, a bunker system was built around the lighthouse to protect it from Allied Forces. Follow the 134 steps to the top and enjoy the fantastic view of the Lista peninsula and the sea. Adjacent to the lighthouse is an art gallary, an information centre and an ornithological station.
Obrestad Lighthouse is a coastal lighthouse located on the north side of the small farming village of Obrestad in Hå municipality, Rogaland county, Norway. It sits on a promontory about 5 kilometres west of Nærbø. The square tower was first lit in 1873 and the tower was rebuilt in its present form in 1950. The lighthouse was automated in 1991 and has been a protected historical building since 2000.
Oksøy Lighthouse is a coastal lighthouse located off Kristiansand, Norway. It was first lit in 1832. The lighthouse, along with Grønningen Lighthouse, marks the approach to Kristiansand. The lighthouse marks the western side of the main shipping channel that leads inland to the port of the city of Kristiansand.
Ona Lighthouse is located on the small island of Ona in Ålesund Municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. The lighthouse is built on Onakalven, the highest cliff on the island overlooking the harbor and the few, clustered wooden houses on this small island. The original rotating Fresnel lens remains in use.
Ryvingen lighthouse is located on an island 7 km southeast of Mandal. In addition to being the visible landmark for ship traffic that passes the southern tip of Norway, Ryvingen lighthouse together with Hatholmen lighthouse and lantern "Bestemor" on Sjøsanden, is the entry lighthouse to the ports of Mandal.
Saltholmen Lighthouse is a lighthouse that is on a small island off the coast about 2 kilometers southeast of the town of Lillesand in Agder county, Norway. There has been a lighthouse here since 1882. The island and lighthouse are named Saltholmen. This name comes from the salt extraction industry established by Hans Nielsen Hauge that once was located there. The lighthouse is only accessible by boat and the site is open, but the building is not open to the public.
Store Torungen Lighthouse is a coastal lighthouse on the island of Store Torungen in the municipality of Arendal in Agder county, Norway. This lighthouse, together with the nearby Lille Torungen Lighthouse, mark the entrance from the Skaggerak through the outlying islands to the mainland town of Arendal. Both lighthouses were built in 1844 with the same specifications, making "twin" lighthouses marking the way to Arendal. The site of the Store Torungen Lighthouse is accessible only by boat. The
A beautiful lighthouse located in the Rogaland county of Norway. The lighthouse is no longer in use, but it is used as a fine arts center and lighthouse/maritime museum. There is also a cafe in one of the buildings. Historically, the lighthouse was the main light marking the entrance to the Byfjorden.