Lindesnes: The springboard
At the southernmost tip of Norway there is a lighthouse, Lindesnes Lighthouse.
Text and photos by Sigrid Thorbjornsen; translation and edit by Michael Holtermann and Rick Shupper.
When the eye spots Lindesnes Lighthouse, it feels like everything is possible. This is the beginning of so many experiences that lurk in all hearts, all minds, and all hopes for the future — the beginning. And one of the biggest challenges in Norway is the seemingly endless coastline.
In September 2011, “Frøkner På Langs,” (“the ladies along”: tough to translate) reached their ultimate goal at Lindesnes. Ingrid A. Lund, Merethe W. Berger, and Hilde Eck-Olsen had covered more than 1,565 miles (2,518 kilometers) on bicycle, on scooter, and on foot. In just over three months, they had trekked from North Cape in the north to Lindesnes in the south.
What a trip!
What an experience!
What an inspiration to women of all ages!
What a start to the rest of your life!
… And what a symbol Lindesnes must have been for those gals who achieved this! Not only were they able to accomplish this journey, but they also managed to convince themselves that anything is possible, everything can be done, anything can be achieved when the focus is clear, the will is strong, and the desire is greater than even the massive Dovre mountains.
As the southernmost point in Norway, Lindesnes is the end of one thing and the beginning of something else. It is that principle, this springboard idea, that we all need at some point in their lives. Such a springboard can take us out of our routine, can create opportunities in our lives, and expand the horizons and views in the lives of others, and ought to have a central place in our hearts and minds.
Lindesnes Lighthouse has always been a connecting point. It was here that coastal traffic met with the overseas connections of near and distant parts of the world. Local stories met with stories from around the world. Together with the Skagen Odde peninsula on the northern tip of Denmark, Lindesnes is the most important Norwegian navigation landmark around the Skagerrak.
Lindesnes was Norway’s first lighthouse – lit on February 27, 1656. Then, it consisted of 30 candles that burned in the top of a three-story tower. Although the candles were replaced with a coal burner that autumn, the lighthouse led to continued complaints from sailors, until the king ordered the lighthouse extinguished after a few months of operation. Not until 1725 was it resumed, and the lighthouse continues to show the way to this day.
The lighthouse is still important for navigating the Skagerrak, for ships sailing along that stretch of the Norwegian coast, for souls who seek inspiration, for young people who need a challenge, and for anyone who wants his or her visions to be carried out on the foaming seas, rather than being stranded with feet stuck among the rocks and seaweed.