At the northern opening of Skudenesfjord, on a small island off the southern tip of Karmøy island near the harbor of Skudeneshavn, one finds the white column and red lantern roof of Geitungen Lighthouse. The lighthouse is about .6 mile (1 km) offshore from Karmøy and 2 miles (3 km) southwest of Skudeneshavn harbor entrance.
First lit in 1924 and automated since 1999, Geitungen stands 36 feet high (11.2 meters). It is now protected under the Cultural Heritage Act. The lighthouse has been renovated and is available for overnight accomodations.
Skudenesfjord is huge and has many arms including the Lysefjord, the site of the famous Preikestolen rock. Stavanger lies to the south and Haugesund to the north.
- The site is not catered
- There are 32 beds
- General facilities include: fire-place/oven, jetty, outdoor barbecue, outdoor furniture, shower/hot water, terrace
- Kitchen and household freezer
- Nature and terrain hiking area. Plus, this is a great fishing area.
- Open season: May 1 – September 31
The site is managed by Haugesund Turistforening (Tourist Association).
Tel: + 47 52 71 53 11
Mailing address: Geitunnen Lighthouse, PO Box 432, 5501 Haugesund, Norway
Address: Beach Street 171 (Bytunet), Norway
It is possible to visit the lighthouse in the evening by taking a boat trip on the MS Skudeholm. These excursions take place every Monday between June 13 and August 18.
Haugesund is the main cultural center for the region, and is home to several festivals, the largest being the Norwegian International Film Festival and Sildajazz, an international jazz festival with approximately 70 bands and close to 200 concerts.
Karmøy is the area that supplied the copper for the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor. Skude Festival (Skudefestivalen) is an annual festival held during the first week of July in Skudeneshavn. It is the largest gathering of coastal culture in Western Norway with boats of all categories: vintage boats of all categories – old wooden boats, vintage boats, modern boats, sailing boats, tall ships. Craftsmen demonstrate handcrafts from olden days connected to sea and shipping. International and national artists entertain in the evenings.
In 1990, Skudeneshavn won second place in NORTRA’s competition to find Norway’s Best Preserved Village. One of the jurors said, “Skudeneshavn is an extraordinary well-preserved village whose location and charming design has created a beautiful cultural landscape”. It epitomizes life in Norway’s coastal communities.
Map showing route from Stavanger.
Map showing route from Haugesund.
The lighthouse keeper bids adieu to Geitungen Lighthouse.
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