Kristiansand

 Michael

Oksøy in my heart – a day trip

Oksøy in my heart – a day trip

Lighthouses of Norway photographer Sigrid Thorbjørnsen is reporting from her four-week journey from Oslo to Kråkenes Lighthouse, Ulvesund Lighthouse, Ryvarden Lighthouse, Stavanger, Sognvaar Lighthouse, Oksøy Lighthouse, and Homborsund Lighthouse, and then back to Oslo again.

Text and photographs by Sigrid Thorbjørnsen. It’s late morning and dramatic clouds show up to invite me to this day-trip to the lighthouse tower of Kristiansand, the king of Kristiansand lighthouses, Oksøy Lighthouse. Approaching Oksøy Lighthouse, a cormorants is wishing me welcome to the open landscape. As we got closer, the clouds turned white and […]

 Rick

Oksøy Lighthouse, tall and proud

Oksøy Lighthouse, tall and proud

Oksøy Lighthouse, Kristiansand, Vest-Agder, Norway. Oksøy is located on a small island of the same name in the entrance to Kristiansandsfjorden, about 1 mile (1.7 km) east of Skålevik and the same distance west southwest of Grønningen Lighthouse. Oksøy is accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. This historic station, the landfall light for Kristiansand, […]

 Rick

Odderøya Lighthouse – guarding Kristiansand

Odderøya Lighthouse – guarding Kristiansand

Odderøya Lighthouse, Kristiansand, Vest-Adger, Norway. The station was established 1832,  and automated 1984. There is a 26-foot (8 meter) tall square cylindrical tower with lantern and gallery, attached to one end of a 1-1/2 story keeper’s house. The building is painted white, the lantern red. A fog bell is mounted on the front of the […]

 Rick

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 […]

 Sigrid

Are you ready for a unique experience?

Are you ready for a unique experience?

Photos were taken March 27, 2012. Temperature was 25ºC (77ºF), which is unusually warm for that time of the year. Text and photographs by Sigrid Thorbjørnsen. Translated and edited by Michael Holtermann and Rick Shupper. Far out at sea, east of Kristiansandfjord, is Grønningen Lighthouse. On this little stone cairn at sea, shaped and kneaded by glaciers during the […]

 Rick

Songvår Lighthouse

Songvår Lighthouse

Songvår Lighthouse stands on tiny Hellersøy island, part of Søgne municipality in the Skagerrak off southern Norway. Oddly enough, the small island just north of Hellersøy is called Songvår, but the lighthouse is not there! Songvår is an active lighthouse. Built in 1888 and automated in 1987. A new lighthouse was built in 1950 replacing […]

 Sigrid

Lindesnes: The springboard

Lindesnes: The springboard

At the southernmost tip of Norway there is a lighthouse, Lindesnes Lighthouse. Text and photos by Sigrid Thorbjornsen; translation and edit by Michael Holtermann and Rick Shupper. When the eye spots Lindesnes Lighthouse, it feels like everything is possible. This is the beginning of so many experiences that lurk in all hearts, all minds, and […]