Starting from Kristiansand in Southern Norway and traveling northwest to Haugesund, there are 24 lighthouses along the North Sea Road.
So you want to visit and stay over at a Norwegian Lighthouse! Here are some resources to help make your dream come true. There are really a lot of choices. Some offers stays in former lighthouse keeper’s residences, some in the lighthouses themselves. Some are on tiny (really tiny) islands while others are on larger […]
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 […]
Much of Norway is surrounded by coastline that, when you include the islands, fjords and bays, is 36,122 miles long (58,133 km). Along the entire coastline you can find lighthouses that help guide the way for ships and boats. At the south tip of Norway, on an island off the Mandal municipality, you find the southernmost lighthouse, Ryvingen.
Text and photos by Sigrid Thorbjørnsen. Edited by Michael Holtermann and Rick Shupper. A photographer friend of mine, Svein Erik, wanted to go shooting at the lighthouse, so he offered me a ride out in his boat. We left from the coastal village of Tregde, between Mandal and Kristiansand. I had remembered everything. Bedding, food, […]