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A walk from Obrestad Lighthouse to Hå Old Vicarage

Lighthouses of Norway photographer, Sigrid Thorbjørnsen, is enjoying and documenting her stay at Obrestad Lighthouse.

The sun is burning through the haze at Obrestad Lighthouse. It stands 128 feet (39 meters) above sea level, and is near the Old Vicarage in Hå. Obrestad is about 10 miles south along the Jæren coast from Kvassheim Lighthouse. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

I thought this would be a day of work inside. I was wrong. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

The change in weather, for the better, gave me the opportunity two take the wonderful walk along the ocean from Obrestad Lighthouse to Hå Old Vicarage (Hå Gamle Prestegård). ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

Walking from the lighthouse, I looked east and west, and saw waves everywhere. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

The strangest thing, though ... no matter how close I came to the ocean, I could not smell it. The smell of agriculture was so strong it totally blocked the smell of the ocean. When the wind turned, there was no smell of agriculture at all, only of the ocean, and it kept on switching like this all the time – kind of confusing but also kind of fun. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

Obrestad is a welcoming area for artists. The lighthouse, as well as surrounding buildings, invite artists to display their their work al fresco. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

The sound of the wind and the waves crushing into stones is very loud. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

My urge for coffee keeps me going. More waves. More stones in the ocean. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

The intensity of the sound of nature is like Manhattan traffic. What you see, though, is nothing like Manhattan at all. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

No two stones are alike. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

Nature's own rock garden. ©2012 Sigrid Thourbjørnsen.

Stones on both sides of a concrete barrier. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

The complex consists of five buildings: Main building (1873), Lighthouse Keeper’s homes (1902 and 1949), Master’s home (1969) and an outer building. The lighthouse tower itself is a granite construction The beacon was first installed in the west gable. After WWII, the beacon was mounted in the east tower. There is a museum here and the lighthouse is open to the public for guided tours. The lighthouse at Obrestad is more or less as it was when the lighthouse personnel left in 1991. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

Late August change of colors. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

Now I notice a peculiar stone. It looks like an egg cracked in the middle. Very strange, and utterly beautiful. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

Ages-old stone fences are a part of the landscape in this part of Norway. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

Stone fences provide shelter as well as marking boundaries. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

Hå Old Vicarage dates back to 1637 and was renovated in the 1980s and is now housing a café and exhibition spaces. In the café they sell local baked goods, coffee, and art. This place has a great atmosphere. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

I ordered lunch and sat down. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

I am enjoying the view, the lunch, and the wind. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

Hå Old Vicarage is one of the most popular locations for day-trips in Rogaland county and the ideal starting point for adventure trips along the coast. The beach-hugging King's Road – a right of way dating back to the days of Christian IV – runs right past. Photo courtesy Hå Old Vicerage.

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Text and photos by Sigrid Thorbjørnsen

When I woke up in the morning it was pouring rain, or, this is more correct, it was raining sideways. The wind was so strong and the waves were huge. I thought this would be a day of work inside. I was wrong. More wind came and blowed away the rainy clouds and brought out the sun. This gave me the opportunity two take the wonderful walk along the ocean from Obrestad Lighthouse to Hå Old Vicarage (Hå Gamle Prestegård).

Walking from the lighthouse, I looked east and west, and saw waves everywhere. The strangest thing, though … no matter how close I came to the ocean, I could not smell it. The smell of agriculture was so strong it totally blocked the smell of the ocean. When the wind turned, there was no smell of agriculture at all, only of the ocean, and it kept on switching like this all the time – kind of confusing but also kind of fun.

The sound of the wind and the waves crushing into stones is very loud. The intensity of the sound of nature is like Manhattan traffic. What you see, though, is nothing like Manhattan at all. My thoughts are drifting. My urge for coffee keeps me going. More waves. More stones in the ocean. Now I notice a peculiar stone. It looks like an egg cracked in the middle. Very strange, and utterly beautiful.

After having walked slowly and captured many photos, I arrive at Hå Old Vicarage. The vicarage dates back to 1637. It was renovated in the 1980s and is now housing a café and exhibition spaces. In the café they sell local baked goods, coffee, and art. I ordered lunch and sat down. This place has a great atmosphere. I am enjoying the view, the lunch, and the wind.

For all posts about Obrestad Lighthouse, click here.

Edited by Michael Holtermann.

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