Arctic Circle Monument and Vikingen Lighthouse
Crossing the Arctic Circle
- Little Vikingen Island is in the western part of Rødøy municipality. It is home to both Vikingen Lighthouse and the Arctic Circle Monument. Vikingen is about 35mi/57 km northwest of Mo i Rana.
- Vikingen Lighthouse is an active light with a focal plane 16 m (52 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting in groups of two.
- The light stands approximately 7 m (23 ft) tall, it is composed of a cylindrical tower with lantern and gallery. The structure is painted white, the lantern red.
- Vikingen island is located on an island off the end of a peninsula, about 2 km (1.2 mi) west northwest of Tonnes. The eastern part of Rødøy is located on the mainland, just east of the Saltfjellet mountain range. The rest of the municipality consists of islands to the west including Gjerdøya, Hestmona, Myken, Nesøya, Rangsundøya, Renga, and Rødøya. The westernmost part of the municipality is the Myken islands in the Vestfjorden, where the Myken Lighthouse is located.
- Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. 66.53227° / 12.96833° (Map)
The Arctic Circle
- The Arctic Circle, at 66 degrees, 33 minutes north latitude marks the southernmost point at which the midnight sun shines 24 hours a day on the longest day of the year.
- In Norway, you can find the line of the Arctic Circle 50 mi (80 km) north of Mo i Rana, and 43 mi (70 km) south of Fauske.
- The famous Arctic Circle Center is situated by the E6 highway at Saltfjellet in the county of Nordland. It is also situated in a national park with wonderful hiking opportunities.
Crossing the Arctic Circle on Hurtigruten Video. Click to view. Learn more about Hurtigruten.
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