Fiskerkona Light – the Fisherman’s Wife

Fiskerkona Light – the Fisherman’s Wife
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Vestre Vabeinan (Vestre Vabeinskjær, Fiskerkona)

  • Created in 1999. This unusual light is active; focal plane 11.5 m (38 ft); green light, 1 s on, 1 s off;
  • This  structure is also floodlit. This unusual beacon consists of a sculpture by Per Ung called Fiskerkona (The Fisherman’s Wife), mounted on a round pedastal with a broadly conical base. The pedestal is white and the base is red. Located on a rock at the entrance to Svolvær harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-7489; Admiralty L2870; NGA 11484.
  • Per Ung, born 1933, is a Norwegian sculptor. His monument of figure skater Sonja Henie is located at Frogner stadion. His statue of Fridtjof Nansen is placed outside the Fram building at Bygdøy.


  • Svolvær is located in the Lofoten archipelago on the southern coast of the island of Austvågøya, facing the open sea of the Vestfjorden to the south, and with mountains immediately to the north. The most famous mountain, Svolværgeita, had its first recorded climb in 1910.
  • Svolvær is in many ways the capital of Lofoten, and is an important hub for the entire region. It is the administrative center of Vågan Municipality (9,200 inhabitants) in Nordland County, Norway.
  • It has the atmosphere of a busy fishing harbor, a small town, and art center all at once. The great cod fisheries in winter have long been the most important economical foundation for the town, but fish farming (salmon) is also important in Vågan.
  • It serves as a center for both trade and communications with ferry, sea and air connections. The Coastal Steamer (Hurtigruten) has daily departures.
  • One of the first churches in North Norway was most likely built here, approximately 900 years ago.
  • Tourism has become an increasingly important aspect of life in Svolvær as a favourite starting point for tourists visiting the Lofoten islands. Approximately 200,000 tourists visit Svolvær each year.
  • Whale watching tours depart from Svolvær in late autumn and winter with a focus on Orcas (killer whales). Boat excursions to nearby Raftsundet strait and its famous branch Trollfjord can be arranged from Svolvær.

Lofoten Rorbuer, Svolvær

Lofoten Rorbuer (rorbuer is the Norwegian word for fisherman cabins) is situated in a central  location not far from Svolvær town center and only a short distance from the fishing grounds, the beach, the mountains, and the famous Svolværgeita peak.

Lofoten Rorbuer consists of a total of 14 units, accommodating 2 to 4 persons per unit. Eight of the units are equipped with a kitchenette, TV and stereo. Shared bathroom and shower. There is also a shared kitchen and loft lounge. Booking prices and tour information on the site.

There are two other lighthouses in Vågan municipality: Moholmen LIghthouse and Skrova Lighthouse.

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