Information updated, July 2014
The coastal lighthouse on Slåtterøy was established in 1859 and was automated in 2003. It is Norway’s fourth oldest lighthouse. Slåtterøy is owned by the Norwegian state and is protected under Norway’s Cultural Heritage Act.
Bømlo municipality, where Slåtterøy is located, has Norway’s highest mean temperature. Bømlo is in Sunnhordland, in the southern part of the Hordaland county. The lighthouse guides ships at the mouth of the Selbjørnsfjord, between Bergen and Haugesund. The cast iron tower is 82 feet (25 meters) tall and 150 feet (45.8 meters) above sea level. There is also a keeper’s house, and a boat house with handsome stone-paved walkways between these structures.
The island has a varied landscape, alternating between heather-covered ground, grassy fields and white-washed rocks. The southern part of the island is privately owned and is used as grazing-land for sheep.
Our intrepid colleague/writer/photographer Sigrid Thorbjørnsen visited Slåtterøy in April 2012. Her article contains great new photos she took on her visit.
Friends of Slåtterøy Lighthouse
Friends of Slåtterøy Lighthouse Venner av Slåtterøy Fyr) is now in charge of administering the buildings and the lighthouse station with the purpose of protecting it, relating its history, and making the station accessible for the general public. The premises at the lighthouse station are available for renting.
- In the main building there are ten beds with duvets and pillows, in five separate rooms, as well as six extra mattresses.
- Towels and bed-clothes for your stay are not supplied, and must be brought with you.
- The house has a large kitchen with cooker, fridge and deep-freezer.
- There is also a bathroom with WC, and a shower unit. (The amount of water is restricted on the island so it will be necessary to economize).
- The sitting room has two lounges and a long table.
- The lighthouse station has no good landing place for boats, which means it can be difficult to get ashore, especially in autumn and winter. To get to the station, you will have to climb stairs so good shoes are very important.
- All activity on the island is the visitor’s own responsibility. Out of concern for grazing animals, all dogs must be on leash.
Rental information and Contact
- Contact Friends of Slåtterøy Lighthouse; Tel. +47 952 32 238
- Booking: Knut Tharald Meling Tel. +47 959 33 274
- As of Dec, 2011:
Staying overnight, NOK 250 per bed per night. Children between 6 and 16, NOK 100
Guide for the tower, NOK 20 per adult
Guide for the whole station area NOK 50 per adult
Rental for the entire premises for organized arrangements, NOK 1,500 per day
Groups will be offered special price
- The association rents out beds in the old lighthouse keeper’s house and offers guided tours of the area. There are 13 beds and additional mattresses for another 13 persons. There is a kitchen on both floors, electricity and showers.
Getting to Bømlo
- General info. By car, drive to Brandasund. From there you will need boat transport to the island (about 10 minutes). If you come sailing, you will have to decide which landing is most suitable, weather considered, the landing in the north or the south part of the island. If you need boat transport, phone Jostein Waage, Tel. +47 97 56 60 56. . Brandasund info.
- Provisions At Brandasund. There are two local stores (one on each side of the sound) where you can buy what you need for the stay. If weather-conditions make landing difficult, alternative accommodation can be arranged in Brandasund.
- Airports close to Slåtterøy Bergen Flesland(BGO), Bergen, Norway (33.7km)
- You can get to Slåtterøy by helicopter from Bergen. Contact Bergen Helikopter (soon to have an English language section). See the posting on Bergen Helikopter.
Video: Redd Slåtterøy Lighthouse (Save Slåtterøy Lighthouse)
Video. 360-degree panorama of Slåtterøy Lighthouse
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