Feistein Lighthouse, Rogaland County, Norway. On Norway's Jæren Coast, at Sele in Klepp to be precise, you can see Feistein Lighthouse, tall and proud. This is a lighthouse where you can spend the night, spend a day or more, feel the pace of summer. Feel the pace of nature. Lighthouses of Norway photographer Sigrid Thorbjørnsen visited recently and sent this beautiful photo essay.
Text and photographs by Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
1. There has been a lighthouse here since 1859. But the lighthouse you see today, was first built for the exhibition at Skarpsno in Oslo, for the 100 year celebration of the Constitution in Norway in 1914. It was taken apart and shipped here.
2. The only way to get to this lighthouse is by boat. Sigmund is the skipper of “Olav”, the boat that takes you to Feistein. It is a safe and stabile boat. But if it rains, you’ll need rain gear—there’s no roof to protect you.
3. The beauty about the place is that you can experience all kind of weather within a day. It is hard to stay inside. You don’t want to miss an awesome sky, dramatic clouds, and sunshine.
4. Bring your swim suit. It might be too rough to swim in the ocean, but nature has made small ponds and the water is changed freequently, so this is the perfect place to chill, take a dip, and view the ocean from a choice spot.
5. From April 25th to July 25th every year, seagulls and other birds are creating their families…. The fledglings are very cute, but be aware of angry parents. They will do anything to protect their babies from whatever they see as a threat. This goes for the whole coast of Norway. At Feistein, there are umbrellas for protection. So you can walk on the paths without being attacked or shitted on.
6. You can see the lighthouse from everywhere on the island. The island is small enough to get to know it, and big enough to walk around, finding new things all the time. It changes with the seasons, light, and weather. It is spectacular.
7. The interior is from the 1950s. You can rent the whole lighthouse station for NKR 3,000, per day. There are 15 beds with comforters and pillows. Or you can rent a single bed for only NKR 250 per night. It is one of the most exotic hostels you can stay at in all Norway.
8. Feistein Lighthouse is a perfect destination for kayaking. But please check the weather as it can change inside 30 minutes, and it might be a tad more drama than you asked for. Here is a grandfather with his grandson (grandson out kayaking for the very first time) visiting Feistein Lighthouse. The grandfather has been doing this for a long time, and is introducing kayaking to his grandkids. What an awesome gift. What a truely wonderful moment.
9. The hosts at Feistein Lighthouse are Anne Karin and Espen. The most beautiful couple, the most wonderful hosts, the best mood. And, they can fix just about anything. There is nothing like coming to the “end of the world” meeting people like Anne Karin and Espen.
10. Sunsets are in general very beautiful. But it seems like the sun setting on the edge of Norway is the most beautiful sight there is. The marbled cloudy sky, the setting sun penetrating just to light up the ocean and the clouds below. It is a perfect ending to a day.
11. As the sun sets, the moon arrives. Once in a while, the ocean is still, giving the reflection of the moon a magical feeling. Summer nights in Norway are nothing less than perfect. The velvet blue sky says it’s the end of the day. This photo is taken at midnight. It’s one of those wonderful summer nights in southern Norway. As you drifting into sleep, listening to the lapping of the waves, you know that no matter what, tomorrow is going to be a great day.
Booking accommodations at Feistein
- Feistein Lighthouse has changed their accommodations policies. They no longer offer accommodations on the open market.
Transportation to the island
- Telephone Sigmund, +47 476 56 333
- The roundtrip cost NKR 250. Bring cash, as there is no ATM or terminal for use of credit or debit card.
Lighthouses on islands are in the hands of the weather gods. So it is at Feistein Lighthouse. You can book in advance, but be prepared for cancellations due to weather conditions, even within the hour. If the current is rough or the wind is hard, it is impossible to dock this lighthouse. Safety is always first priority. A plan B is a good thing to have.