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Homborsund Lighthouse, outpost in a wild sea

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, and Homborsund Lighthouse, and then back to Oslo again.

Approaching Homborsund lighthouse from Kalvehageneset in Grimstad. The ocean here is wild with streams flowing into and against each other, making quite a lively wave party.

Unpredictable waves made for a rodeo-like boat trip out. This is the only photo from the boat trip: My camera is not too fond of salt water. Let me present Jan Arild Vassbotn, one of the people who can take you out to the lighthouse and who is involved in the welfare of the lighthouse.

In 1832. Oksøy Lighthouse was built outside Kristiansand. And by 1844, Torungen was built outside Arendal. The government felt there was no need for a lighthouse between these two, but they were very wrong. Between 1865 and 1875, 45 ships stranded in this area! So, Grimstad fought for a lighthouse at Homborsund. Homborsund lighthouse showed her light in 1879.

The lighthouse is 22.3 meters above the sea level, and you can see the beams 14 nautical miles away. I arrived on a late afternoon in mid-October. Night arrives early at this time of year, and the lighthouse beam is like a small, local sun.

After a stormy, rainy night, I started my day with this wonderful view.

Enjoying the sun and the wind in my hair, knowing that good weather at this time of year is precious. The lighthouse looks very different in sunlight.

Kystverket came to check on the lighthouse. I am so glad to see that these cathedrals of the ocean are taken care of.

Sunshine and reflections – a pleasing combination. Between 1879 and 195, there were two apartments in the lighthouse. The big twin house was added in1951. After 1945, a lot of modeniization was done, and electicity was installed.

Lighthouse keepers lived here with their families until 1992 when the lighthouse was automated.

One of the main attractions of a place like this is the natural light. The clouds change every minute and the light is mesmerizing. This light is an inspiration for everyone who paints or photographs.

I am more and more fascinated about the rocks along Norway’s coast. At Homborsund, I’d swear the rocks had been melted.

Most of the summer’s flowers and flora are gone, with some noteworthy exceptions.

You can rent a bed at Homborsund Lighthouse. The cozy kitchen has all the things you need.

The living room is simple, practical, spacious and it has a great view (which you can't see here, I'm afraid).

Bring sleeping bag or comforter, sheets and pillow covers. Get ready for a great sleep. The sound of the ocean will put you to sleep in a second.

And if you're lucky, you can get the room with the best view. You can book it at www.homborsundfyr.com This is a great website – perfect inspiration before a stay!

The sky and weather are changing, but the lighthouse is still the same, always ready for night and getting to its work.

It’s a great experience to walk around at the top of the lighthouse. The view is spectacular. It feels as if the ocean belongs to you. 

Jan Arild Vassbotn loves it up here too. This is the heart of the whole lighthouse station.

On the right side of the photo, the barrier to the neighbor island from which there is an entirely new view of the lighthouse.

Looking at waves is like looking at fire — no wave is quite like any other, and they never stop coming. The ocean is one amazing phenomenon.

Just when I decided everything on this island had turned yellow, this little rosette popped out and said, “Hi.” 

The boat houses and the dock. Arrivals and departures.

A different view appears every day. This is the “Highway to Homborsund Lighthouse,” or, just a barrier.  Depends on how you look at it.

The weather is turning, night is coming. A long shutter exposure makes a veil of all the waves. Soon, It’ll be time to go to bed. I will just sit for a moment and listen to the ocean. Tonight she is whispering.

The lighthouse beams are sweeping the area and I can sleep safe and sound tonight. Visiting a lighthouse in October is a great getaway. I would do this again in a heartbeat. This is one great experience. What can I say? I just LOVE Homborsund Lighthouse.

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Text and photos by Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

  1. Approaching Homborsund lighthouse from Kalvehageneset in Grimstad. The ocean here is wild with streams flowing into and against each other, making quite a lively wave party.
  2. Unpredictable waves made for a rodeo-like boat trip out. This is the only photo from the boat trip: My camera is not too fond of salt water. Let me present Jan Arild Vassbotn, one of the people who can take you out to the lighthouse and who is involved in the welfare of the lighthouse.
  3. In 1832, Oksøy Lighthouse was built outside Kristiansand. And by 1844, Torungen was built outside Arendal. The government felt there was no need for a lighthouse between these two, but they were very wrong. Between 1865 and 1875, 45 ships stranded in this area! So, Grimstad fought for a lighthouse at Homborsund. Homborsund lighthouse showed her light in 1879.
  4. The lighthouse is 22.3 meters above the sea level, and you can see the beams 14 nautical miles away. I arrived on a late afternoon in mid-October. Night arrives early at this time of year, and the lighthouse beam is like a small, local sun.
  5. After a stormy, rainy night, I started my day with this wonderful view.
  6. Enjoying the sun and the wind in my hair, knowing that good weather at this time of year is precious. The lighthouse looks very different in sunlight.
  7. Kystverket came to check on the lighthouse. I am so glad to see that these cathedrals of the ocean are taken care of.
  8. Sunshine and reflections – a pleasing combination. Between 1879 and 195, there were two apartments in the lighthouse. The big twin house was added in1951. After 1945, a lot of modeniization was done, and electicity was installed.
  9. Lighthouse keepers lived here with their families until 1992 when the lighthouse was automated.
  10. One of the main attractions of a place like this is the natural light. The clouds change every minute and the light is mesmerizing. This light is an inspiration for everyone who paints or photographs.
  11. I am more and more fascinated about the rocks along Norway’s coast. At Homborsund, I’d swear the rocks had been melted.
  12. Most of the summer’s flowers and flora are gone, with some noteworthy exceptions.
  13. You can rent a bed at Homborsund Lighthouse. The cozy kitchen has all the things you need.
  14.  The living room is simple, practical, spacious and it has a great view (which you can’t see here, I’m afraid).
  15. Bring sleeping bag or comforter, sheets and pillow covers. Get ready for a great sleep. The sound of the ocean will put you to sleep in a second.
  16. And if you’re lucky, you can get the room with the best view. You can book it at www.homborsundfyr.com This is a great website – perfect inspiration before a stay!
  17. The sky and weather are changing, but the lighthouse is still the same, always ready for night and getting to its work.
  18. It’s a great experience to walk around at the top of the lighthouse. The view is spectacular. It feels as if the ocean belongs to you
  19. Jan Arild Vassbotn loves it up here too. This is the heart of the whole lighthouse station.
  20. On the right side of the photo, the barrier to the neighbor island from which there is an entirely new view of the lighthouse.
  21. Looking at waves is like looking at fire — no wave is quite like any other, and they never stop coming. The ocean is one amazing phenomenon.
  22. Just when I decided everything on this island had turned yellow, this little rosette popped out and said, “Hi.”
  23. The boat houses and the dock. Arrivals and departures.
  24. A different view appears every day. This is the “Highway to Homborsund Lighthouse,” or, just a barrier.  Depends on how you look at it.
  25. The weather is turning, night is coming. A long shutter exposure makes a veil of all the waves. Soon, It’ll be time to go to bed. I will just sit for a moment and listen to the ocean. Tonight she is whispering.
  26. The lighthouse beams are sweeping the area and I can sleep safe and sound tonight. Visiting a lighthouse in October is a great getaway. I would do this again in a heartbeat. This is one great experience. What can I say? I just LOVE Homborsund Lighthouse.

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