Slåtterøy Lighthouse

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.

With Norway’s highest mean temperature, Slåtterøy is part of Bømlo municipality 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 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.

Facilities

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In the main building there are eleven 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

  • 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
  • Payment to “Friends of Slåtterøy Lighthouse”, bank account No. 3520.56.83141
  •  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.

Contact

Friends of Slåtterøy Lighthouse
Telephone: +47 95 23 22 38
Email: jaki@haugnett.no (new)

 

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2 Responses to Slåtterøy Lighthouse

  1. Olga Mar 26, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Dear Elizabeth,

    As part of Hurtigruten & Norway in a nutshell® we are going to stay in Bergen for two (2) nights from May, 8 to May, 10.
    Can you book a room for us?
    There are two adults. If possible, we would like a double bed.

    Besides I have some quiestions:
    - is breakfast included;
    - how do we get to Slåtterøy Lighthouse; is there a timetabe? how far is it from Bergen;
    - what is the total price for the transfer and accomodation;
    - is it possible to go to Bergen at day time and come back to the lighthouse in the evening?

    Kind Regards,
    Olga Lysenko.

    Reply
  2. Michael H Holtermann Mar 26, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Dear Olga,

    Elizabeth’s email is not working, and we found another contact email that’s now posted on this page jaki@haugnett.no

    We have also contacted http://www.Fjordnorway.com and http://www.visitnorway.us for more information.

    Hope this works out for you, and thank you for the interest in Norwegian Lighthouses.

    Michael Holtermann

    Reply

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