Starting from Kristiansand in Southern Norway and traveling northwest to Haugesund, there are 24 lighthouses along the North Sea Road.
The name "Ryvingen" comes from the old Norwegian word "rufa" or "island that looms." Until 1867, Ryvingen island was owned by the farms at Outer Farestad. The farmers used the island for grazing and as a base for hunting and fishing. This right is still theirs. Today, however, Ryvingen is much more than just The Southernmost Lighthouse in Norway. It is a paradise for children and teenagers alike.
Text and photos by Sigrid Thorbjørnsen Edited by Michael Holtermann During my stay at the lighthouse, a class of 10th-graders from Blomdalen School at Mandal came visiting. After having been by myself for a couple of days, I was excited to see how it would impact my stay, with so many youngsters in the house. I […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Lindesnes Region is a district in the county of Vest-Agder, located 30 minutes by car west of Kristiansand. Lindesnes is the southernmost region in Norway. The main city in the region is Mandal, with 14,000 inhabitants. The region reaches from the sea and up to the mountains, and also contains the Mandalselva River, wich is considered for beeing on […]