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Where is Sigrid?

Where is Sigrid?

Sigrid Thorbjørnsen is our tireless correspondent and inspiration. She has covered a lot of terrain and has reported back with great stories and photographs that can be found on Lighthouses of Norway, as well as on Global Treehouses and Train Journeys of The World websites. This fall she will be visiting many lighthouses along the Norwegian coast […]

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Going from A to B (without Google)

Going from A to B (without Google)

Text and photographs by Sigrid Thorbjørnsen The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” – Don Williams Jr. This day, was a day of traveling. You know, one of those days where no bus coordinates with the other, trains are […]

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The Utsira Effect

The Utsira Effect

Text and photos by Sigrid Thorbjørnsen. And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.” – Confucius For the last year or so, I have been traveling. Traveling to huge cities, different countries, places great on history and met awesome people. Well, last week, I traveled to the island Utsira, in the southwest of Norway. This […]

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Tvistein, little lighthouse with a big impact

Tvistein, little lighthouse with a big impact

Photo #4 ©2009 Jette&Ole Tvistein may not look like much compared to its big brother Svenner Lighthouse, but it is very important to mariners. It is known that at least a dozen shipwrecks have happened in less than one nautical mile (1852 meters) from Tvistein Lighthouse. The area from the Nevlunghavn Svenner, including Rakkeboene has […]

 Rick

Hattholmen Lighthouse – A Jewel at Mandal

Hattholmen Lighthouse – A Jewel at Mandal

On Norway’s beautiful southern coast, there are a string of  towns and villages with white-painted wooden houses. Mandal is a perfect example with its 600 legally protected white houses and it’s shining white crescent Sjøsanden beach. Hattolmen Lighthouse stands on an island in the Mannefjord about 1 mile (1.5 km) south of Mandal. Built in […]

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Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series – Grimstad

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series – Grimstad

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2012  returns to Norway this July – two years after Kragero hosted the country’s first Red Bull Cliff Diving competition. This year the competition site is Grimstad, home to Homborsund Lighthouse. Update Monday, July 9th. Englishman Gary Hunt lit everything in Grimstad as the 27-meter champion emerged from the water […]

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Events and festivals near lighthouses

Events and festivals near lighthouses

Norwegians love the summertime. The long hours of sunlight due to the high latitudes encourage people to get out and stay out late.

From the southern coast all the way up to the farthest north, there are music, dance, and art events. There are regattas, film festivals, speed boat shows, food festivals, etc., etc., etc. Following is a list – just a sampling – of some of these festivals, focusing somewhat on events that take place at or near […]

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Homborsund Lighthouse on Norway’s beautiful southern coast

Homborsund Lighthouse on Norway’s beautiful southern coast

Homborsund LIghthouse is in Grimstad municipality, Aust-Agder. Bordering on the Skagerrak, Homborsund is a beach resort south of Grimstad municipality halfway between the town Grimstad and Lillesand. Between 1865 and 1875, 45 ships ran afoul in this stretch of ocean and shipping interests in Grimstad demanded a new beacon between Torungen and Oksøy Lighthouses. The lighthouse was […]

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Stavernsodden Lighthouse at “Norway’s Dimple”

Stavernsodden Lighthouse at “Norway’s Dimple”

Stavern is Norway’s smallest town and is affectionately known as “The Dimple of Norway.” It’s unique and charmingly styled streets and wooden houses are still intact. Stavern’s geographical position results in a staggering average of 200 sunny days per year and it is surprisingly hot during the summer. Unusually long spring and summer months offer […]