- Hellisøy Lighthouse stands 106 feet (32.3 meters) tall and 152.5 feet (46.5 meters) above the high-tide level. It has a range of 18.8 nautical miles.
- It is painted red and white.emits a continuous white light with a more intense flash every 30 seconds. There is a 3rd order Fresnel lens in the lighthouse that has been in use since 1903.
A little history of Hellisøy Lighthouse
- A lighthouse was first proposed for this area, an important sea approach to Bergen, in 1838, but the decision to build on Hellisøy didn’t come until 1851.
- More than 90 men worked on the construction which included the keeper’s house and it was lit in 1855.
- This keeper’s house burned down in 1902 having been struck by lightning in a thunderstorm. The keeper’s house was rebuilt and a house for the assistant keeper was added at that time.
- Electricity came to the island from the Fedje in 1954 and the entire operation was reorganized so that the keepers no longer lived on the island.
- Both houses were refurbished in 1968. The lighthouse was automated in 1989.
Photographer Svein-Magne Tunli