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Stavenes Lighthouse

Stavenes Lighthouse

Stavenes Lighthouse is in Averøy, a municipality in Møre og Romsdal. Also known as Stavnes, the station was established in 1842 and celebrated its 170th birthday this year (2012)! In 1976 the station was automated. The light stands 13 feet (4 meters) tall,  and is 131.2 feet (21.7 meters) above the high tide level. This is an […]

 Rick

Kvitholmen Lighthouse

Kvitholmen Lighthouse

Kvitholmen Lighthouse was established 1842, and automated in 1980. This light has been inactive since 1956 when an automated beacon was built close to the original. It stands 39 feet/12 meters tall and 82 feet/25 meters above the high tide level. Kvitholmen is located on a small island in Eide municipality about 1.5 km (1 mi) […]

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Store and Lille Færder Lighthouses

Store and Lille Færder Lighthouses

Store Færder Lighthouse Store Færder Lighthouse (Norwegian: Færder fyr) is a former coastal lighthouse in the municipality of Tjøme in Vestfold, Norway. This station was established in 1697. At the start the light was simply an iron pot placed on the ground. The original fire tower was replaced in 1802 by a coal-fired stone tower; […]

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Bastøy – lighthouse and prison

Bastøy – lighthouse and prison

Bastøy Lighthouse Bastøy Lighthouse was established in 1840 and automated in 1986. Located on an island on the west side of Oslofjordens about 4 km (2.5 mi) southeast of Horten. It is accessible only by boat. Site manager: Kriminalomsorgen (Correctional Service) Bastøy stands 45.9 feet ( 14 meters) tall and 52.5 feet (16 meters) above […]

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Torbjørnskjær Lighthouse, sentinel to the Oslofjord

Torbjørnskjær Lighthouse, sentinel to the Oslofjord

Torbjørnskjær Lighthouse is in the archipelago municipality of Hvaler, Østfold, Norway. It is located on a small skerry (skjær) about 5 miles (8 km) southwest of Utgard, Vesterøy. Torbjørnskjær was built in 1872 and automated in 1990. It stands 58.7 feet (17.9 meters) tall and 58.7 feet ( 25.7 meters) above the high tide mark. This lighthouse […]

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Rivingen Lighthouse—it’s not Ryvingen!

Rivingen Lighthouse—it’s not Ryvingen!

Rivingen Lighthouse was established in 1886 and manned until 1925.  It is in Grimstad municipality in Aust-Adger county, Norway Rivingen is approximately. 8 m (26 ft) tall, with a square cylindrical tower capped by a sharply pyramidal roof and a spire. This tower is attached to the front of a 1-1/2 story keeper’s house. The […]

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Flåvær Lighthouse

Flåvær Lighthouse

Flavær LIghthouse. Built in 1870, automated in 1979. This is an active lighthouse.  It was renovated in 1887 and 1914. In 1952 it was connected to the electrical power grid, and it was fully automated in 1979. Standing 14 m (46 ft) tall, it has a square cylindrical wood tower with lantern and gallery, rising from […]

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Sklinna Lighthouse

Sklinna Lighthouse

Sklinna Lighthouse (Norwegian: Sklinna fyr), built in 1910, is still an active station. The lighthouse is located at the highest point of the isolated island of Heimøya, easternmost island in the Sklinna island group about 30 kilometres (19 mi) northwest of the main island of Leka and about 30 kilometres (19 mi) north of the island of Ytter-Vikna in […]

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Travel tip: stay in a hostel

Travel tip: stay in a hostel

Vacationers to Norway are spoiled for choice when it comes to accommodations options, from elegant urban hotels to lighthouses, tretop huts, ice hotels, and spartan seaside fishermen’s cottages. But in a country where costs – including all types of lodging, luxe and less so – can run relatively high, booking a hostel stay makes considerable […]