Hellisøy Lighthouse, guiding ships to and from Bergen

Photo © Svein-Magne Tunli

Photo © Svein-Magne Tunli

Photo © Svein-Magne Tunli

Photo © Svein-Magne Tunli

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Svein-Magne Tunli has sent us some lovely photos of Hellisøy Lighthouse.

Hellisøy Lighthouse

  • 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

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