Tranøy Lighthouse, a Nordland treasure

Tranøy Lighthouse, a Nordland treasure
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In late autumn and early winter Orcas regularly visit the waters near Tranøy lighthouse.

Tranøy Lighthouse is an active lighthouse. It was lit for the first time in 1864 and was automated in 1991. Tranøy light stands 89.6 feet (27.3 meters) tall, 91.9 feet (28 meters) above the high tide mark.

  • Located on the islet of Tranøy in the municipality of Hamarøy in Nordland county, Norway. Tranøy Lighthouse is located about 1.6 miles (2.5 kilometers) west of the village of Tranøy.
  • The lighthouse has a white, red, or green light (depending on direction) that is occulting three times every 10 seconds. The round cast iron tower is painted red with one white horizontal band. The site includes a complete and well-preserved light station, including a 1-1/2 story duplex keeper’s house, generator house, boathouse, and farm buildings.
  • The present lighthouse was built in 1914 as the Moholmen Lighthouse in Vågan, but it was relocated here in 1936 and Moholmen was replaced by a shorter tower.
  • Beginning in 1993, the Tranøy lighthouse station has been developed as a tourist attraction. The site is remarkably scenic, with a spectacular view across the Vestfjorden to the high mountains of the Lofoten islands. Tranøy Lighthouse is accessible by road, with a footbridge that leads to the lighthouse.


The Vestfjord is the open bight of sea between the Lofoten archepelago and the Salten district of mainland Norway. Vestfjord is famous for its cod fishery which was exploited back to the early medieval period. More recently, the winter invasion of Orcas in the inner parts of Vestfjord has become a tourist attraction.

Tranøy Lighthouse Accommodations

  • Website http://tranoyfyr.no/?lang=en 
  • In 1993 the Tranøy site opened for tourism, with accommodation in the houses and a pleasant cafe in the boathouse.
  • Tel.: +47 997-004-99
  • info@tranoyfyr.no
  • There are three houses with 15 rooms total, 36 beds with the possibilities to extend this with 7 extra beds.
Every room is different and all have a seaside view. 
Most rooms share a bathroom with floor heating per six persons.
 Cleaning, bed linen and towels are included. 
Tranøy Fyr is for people who want a different experience. There is no radio or tv in the rooms.
  • See the website for details and photos of the various accommodation possibilites. The rooms and furnishing are very attractive indeed.
  • Detailed prices online: Prices vary from house to house. check the site.
  • The Lighthouse Bar seats 34 people and in summer about as much outside. Breakfast 09.00 – 10.30 hrs. Lunch 12.00 – 15.00 hrs.Diner 15.00 – 21.00 hrs


Yes, this is prime whale watching territory. In the summer of 2010 Tranøy guests enjoyed a visit of whales on our doorstep. For some hours on a beautiful summer evening under the midnight sun guests were treated to a visit of a group of Pilot whales. In late autumn and early winter Orcas regularly visit the waters near the lighthouse.

  • Pilot whales are toothed whales that grow to a size between 5.5 meters and 8.5 meters. Males are significantly larger than females. They live in pods of a few dozen up to  a few hundreds big.
  • Minke whale – dark back with lighter sides. Lifespan: 40-50 years. Size: 9.5 meters. Weight: 6-8 tons
  • Orcas have clearly defined markings. The high dorsal fin, especially in males, stands out. This fin can grow up to two meters high. Lifespan: 80 years. Size: 9 meters. Weight: 6 tons

Tranøy Lighthouse Stamp

Tranøy Lighthouse was commemorated by Norway Post in its Norwegian Lighthouse Series-I with the release of a domestic stamp on September 1, 2005

Tranøy Fyr video. Shows the approach, the style of the interior, the accommodations Very appealing.

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