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Obrestad Lighthouse

Obrestad Lighthouse
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Obrestad Lighthouse is located in the village of Nærbo, the largest village in the municipality of Hå, Rogaland county. This lighthouse is about 22 miles (35 km) south of Stavanger, Norway’s fourth most populous city. Obrestad was built in 1873, renovated in 1949 and automated 1991. It stands 128 feet (39 meters) above sea level, and is near the Old Vicarage in Hå. Obrestad is about 10 miles south along the Jæren coast from Kvassheim Lighthouse.

The complex consists of five buildings: Main building (1873), Lighthouse Keeper’s homes (1902 and 1949), Master’s home (1969) and an outer building. The lighthouse tower itself is a granite construction The beacon was first installed in the west gable. When the entire lighthouse facilities were used as part of the German’s coastal defence system, the German occupation forces in WWII built the east gable as a lookout post. After the war, the beacon was mounted in the east tower. Reminders of the war abound in the area.

There is a museum here and the lighthouse is open to the public for guided tours. The lighthouse at Obrestad is more or less as it was when the lighthouse personnel left in 1991. Exhibitions document the day-to-day life in the lighthouse, at Obrestad farm, and the life of soldiers during World War II.

Obrestad history

Obrestad is a place with a great deal of significance in Norway’s history.

  • Local landowner Eirik Bjodaskalle, (circa 950 A.D.), is said to have had his large farm at Obrestad. Eirik Bjodaskalle was the father of Queen Astrid, the mother of the famous Viking King Olaf Tryggvason. Snorri Sturluson chronicles this in the Saga of King Olaf Tryggvason which is part of Heimskringla. Obrestad was the place where Astrid and Olaf had to seek refuge before heading east.
  • In 950 Erik the Red, founder of the first Norse settlement in Greenland was born nearby. Erik the Red was also the father of the famous Viking explorer Leiv Erikson, who was the first European to set foot on the American mainland in 1003.
  • In 968 Olaf Trygvason, king of Norway from 995 to 1000 was born in Obrestad just outside the village of Nærbø. Olaf Trygvason played a big part in bringing Christianity to Norway and is believed to have built the first church in Norway in 995. He also founded the city of Trondheim in 997.

Rental prices

Furnished accommodations with cooking facilities are available. Throughout the year, only whole weekends are available  (Friday-Sunday), no partial weekends. Prices include mandatory final cleaning.

  • April 1 – September 30 (June 15 – August 15, whole week rentals only)
  • Studio Apartment (2 persons) 
NOK 600[convert number=600 from=”nok” to=”usd” template=” (approx. US $%result%”] [convert number=600 from=”nok” to=”eur” template=” / €%result%)”]  per day, 
NOK 2,500[convert number=2500 from=”nok” to=”usd” template=” (approx. US $%result%”] [convert number=2500 from=”nok” to=”eur” template=” / €%result%)”]  per week
  • Round House (6 persons) 
NOK 1,200[convert number=1200 from=”nok” to=”usd” template=” (approx. US $%result%”] [convert number=1200 from=”nok” to=”eur” template=” / €%result%)”]  per day, NOK 2,500[convert number=2500 from=”nok” to=”usd” template=” (approx. US $%result%”] [convert number=2500 from=”nok” to=”eur” template=” / €%result%)”]  per weekend (Friday – Sunday), 
NOK 5,000[convert number=5000 from=”nok” to=”usd” template=” (approx. US $%result%”] [convert number=5000 from=”nok” to=”eur” template=” / €%result%)”]  per week
  • Lighthouse Keepers House (6 persons) 
NOK 1,200[convert number=1200 from=”nok” to=”usd” template=” (approx. US $%result%”] [convert number=10700 from=”nok” to=”eur” template=” / €%result%)”]  per day
, NOK 1200 per weekend (Friday – Sunday), 
NOK 4,000[convert number=4000 from=”nok” to=”usd” template=” (approx. US $%result%”] [convert number=4000 from=”nok” to=”eur” template=” / €%result%)”]  per week
  •  1902-House (up to 30 persons) 
Prices upon request.

Contact Hå Old Vicarage for rentals or questions.
Tel.: +47  51 79 16 60
Email: kultur@ha.kommune.no


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