Hekkingen Lighthouse

Hekkingen Lighthouse
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Hundreds of islands – some tall and mountainous, some small and more flat – serve to protect Tromsø against the sea.

Hekkingen Lighthouse is one of the oldest lighthouses in northern Norway and is an important guidepost for ships approaching Tomsø. It stands on a small island off the north side of Senja (the second largest island in Norway) in Lenvik municipality in Troms. The lighthouse is reached from the sea and there is a quay for small boats.

Hekkingen was built in 1859, automated in 2004. It stands 32 feet (9.8 meters) tall, 74.8 feet (22.8 meters) above the high tide mark. As with many of the lighthouses of Norway, Hekkingen is owned and protected by the Kystvertek. And it is a meteorological station as well. The little group of  buildings around the lighthouse are well maintained.There is wooden house with a lighthouse built into the northeast gable. A pathway with railing leads down to the little dock.

This is a paradise for those who like to hike and explore – it has lots of beautiful scenery, is rich in birdlife and wild flowers. The sky may be full of eagles on a bright summer day.

Since the lighthouse became automated, Sommarøy Arctic Hotel has taken over the operation of the lighthouse in conjunction with the Norwegian Coast Guard. Sommarøy offers adventure packages with accommodation in the protected buildings. Hekkingen Lighthouse is only 12 to15 minutes by boat from Sommarøy. The living room in the old lighthouse can accommodate up to 20 guests at table, and eventually Sommarøy will also offer accommodation in comfortable rooms and small houses around the lighthouse.

Boats can be rented from, Sommarøy Cruise. Tel.: +47 91-74-13-78

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Kayaking is extremely popular in Norway. This delightful little video shows folks paddling to Hekkingen Lightshouse.

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Map of Sommarøy Arctic Hotel, Skipsholmvegen, Sommarøy

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