Fjøløy Lighthouse (Norwegian: Fjøløy fyr) is a coastal lighthouse in the municipality of Rennesøy in Rogaland, Norway. The location is roughly 10 miles (16 kilometers) northwest of Stavanger.
- Established in 1849. In 1867 the original light was replaced by larger wooden lighthouse. The first Fjøløy Lighthouse was just a regular lantern which was only illuminated a few months during the herring fishing every winter. This was envisioned as a temporary solution. The lighthouse was manned by lighthouse keeper until 1977, when it was automated. The station consists of a dwelling, outbuilding, boat, machinery and the light itself.
- Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting in groups of two, period unknown. 7 m (23 ft) post light with a small lantern and gallery. The lighthouse is painted white; the lantern roof is red. A one-story keeper’s house survives at this site, but it may be endangered by lack of maintenance.
- Located on the southwest side of Fjøløy, an island directly across the Kvitsøyfjord from the Tungenes lighthouse. The island is accessible from Stavanger by the Byfjord Tunnel and a series of bridges. Site open, tower closed. Fjøløy Lighthouse lies on the outermost point of Fjøløy about 2.7 kilometers (c.1.7 miles) from Utstein Monastery. The lighthouse stands right in the entrance and can be a wonderful experience both on warm summer evenings and the stormy days of autumn. It was strategically placed at the entrance of the sea lane to Stavanger and Ryfylke. It also has a good panoramic view over Karmøy, Kvitsøy and Randaberg.
- During the occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany, fortifications were constructed at the site.
Fjøløy Lighthouse Garden
The keepers at Fjøløy Lighthouse maintained a garden. Lighthouse gardens were an important pastime and a supplement to the diet and the income of many lighthouse employees. With painstaking care the lighthouse keeper has laid stone upon stone to give the plants shelter from the wind. Other lighthouse families are known to have carried their topsoil into the house every autumn to prevent the garden from being washed away in the winter storms. Yet at Fjøløy the sea has washed over the garden.
Photo Sources for Fjøløy Lighthouse
- From Here to There blog has a story with pictures of a visit to Fjøløy Lighthouse.
- Øystein Otterdal has beautiful shots. Here, and here.
- Sitesavisiter.com has a section with 49 photos of Fjøløy. Very detailed stuff.
- Perø the Viking has an aerial shot that shows Fløløy’s location at the tip of it’s island.
- Beautiful photos by Studio Toffa. Here and here.
Utstein Monastery (or Utstein Abbey)
- Utstein Abbey (Norwegian: Utstein Kloster) is Norway’s best-preserved medieval monastery. It is located on the island of Mosterøy in Rennesøy municipality, Rogaland county.
- The abbey, dedicated to Saint Laurence, was founded in its present location during the reign of King Magnus VI of Norway (1263–1280).
- At its height, about 20–30 monks lived there, with twice as many lay people working on the building, the cooking and the farming. The abbey owned extensive lands, and could feed about 250 people a year. It was dissolved in 1537 during the Reformation.
- It served as a private residence for many years. The property came under the control of the Garmann (1706) and Schancke (1885) families. In 1899 the estate was acquired by the state.
- Utstein Abbey is the best-preserved monastery in the whole of Norway, still using both the church and the eastern and southern part of the ground floor of the conventual buildings. The abbey can be reached from Stavanger in 30 minutes by road through the Rennfast undersea tunnel.
Short video that shows Fjøløy Lighthouse and its surroundings.