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Leirvik Lighthouse has many friends

Leirvik Lighthouse has many friends
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Photo: Heidi Eikremsvik (third slide)

Leirvik Lighthouse (Norwegian: Leirvik fyr) is on Midtøya island, off the southeastern tip of Stord island. Stord is a municipality in the county of Hordaland, Norway. Stord is sometimes called “Norway in miniature” – as it has such a variety of landscapes: coastline, fjords, forests, agricultural land, and mountain area.

Leirvik Lighthouse was built in 1878 and has been inactive since 1903. It consists of a 1-1/2 story wood keeper’s house. The former lantern has been removed. Stord Kommune acquired the property of this station from the Kystverket in 2005 and hopes to develop it as a public recreation area.

It is located on a promontory on the north side of the entrance to the harbor of Stord from the Husnesfjord (a section of the Hardangerfjord), about 3 km (2 mi) east of Stord. The site is open, tower closed.  The automated lighthouse at Leirvik (1903) has an octagonal lantern mounted on a concrete pad. Located in front of the historic lighthouse.

 

Leirvik Has Friends

Stord Kommune acquired the property of this station from the Kystverket in 2005 and hopes to develop it as a public recreation area. A friends group has been organized, and a planning meeting was held in November 2011. Leirvik Fyr has a Facebook page with images of volunteers at the lighthouse.

 

Leirvik vs. Stord

Confusingly, when the municipality of Stord declared township, they decided to name the town “Stord.” This was to ensure that Leirvik and its surrounding areas were large and populous enough to qualify for Norwegian town status. Even though Stord is the official name, the public acceptance of this is minimal, and the name of the urban community remains “Leirvik.”

 


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