Bjørnsund Lighthouse—A fishing village left behind

Bjørnsund Lighthouse—A fishing village left behind
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Bjornsund Lighhouse was built in 1871, automated 1994.The keeper’s house is painted white, the lantern red. 9 m (30 ft) square cylindrical wood tower with gallery, attached to one end of a 1-story wood keeper’s house. Located on Moøya, a small island about 4 km (2.5 mi) north of Gossa and the same distance west of Bud. Accessible only by boat


Bjørnsund is an island group located west of the village of Bud in the municipality of Fræna in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. Located north of the island of Gossa in the Hustadvika coastal area, the main islands are connected via bridges and viaducts. The Bjørnsund lighthouse is located on the northern island.

The islands have been abandoned since 1971 and are now used as holiday homes. The municipal council controversially decided in 1968 that the islands should be abandoned rather than upgrade the infrastructure and provide running water and harbor lights. Children had to leave the islands for their secondary schooling also. Just after World War II, the islands were home to 500-600 residents.

Most of the houses are however still owned by locals and very well maintained. Bjørnsund is today a lively holiday resort in spring, summer and autumn. The former school is today used as camp school for youngster from all parts of Norway.


Hustadvika is a 10-nautical-mile-long (19 km; 12 mi) section of coastline outside the municipality of Fræna. It is part of the shipping route between Molde and Kristiansund. The area is shallow and is full of little islands and reefs. The area includes the waters off of Bud and Bjørnsund in the southwest and Hustad and Kvitholmen in the northeast. This is considered one of the most dangerous parts of the Norwegian coast, and many ships have been wrecked along it.

The Fishing Village Bjørnsund

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