Lyngør is a village area on a group of small islands in the municipality of Tvedestrand in Aust-Agder county, off the southeast coast of Norway. The village is about 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) south of the city of Risør. And it is northeast of the lively southern Norway town Arendal. The island is accesible by boat only and has no cars. The village is known for its scenic harbor and charming wooden houses. It recognized as one of the best-preserved communities in Europe.
Lyngør was built in 1879, established (simultaneously with Homborsund Lighthouse in Grimstad) and was automated in 2004. It stands 55.4 feet/16.9 meters tall and 70 feet/21.3 meters above the high tide level. It was equipped with a 3rd order Fresnel lens and fog horn, both preserved. The station includes keeper housing, machinery, new and old old storage, blacksmithy, roads and two boathouses.
The lighthouse is located at the tip of an islet near Lyngør. it is one of the few remaining manned light stations in Norway. There are currently two keepers that alternate days on and off. Overnighting in a lighthouse is not necessarily a very “practical” thing to do. It’s necessary to rent a boat, or call a taxi boat to transport you to Lyngør Lighthouse. You bring your own bed linen and water too. But when you arrive the little island in the sea, put your feet on those smooth, coastal rock slopes and see the lighthouse in silhouette against the southern skies – that’s when you realise its all worth it.
A lighthouse holiday allows you to fall asleep while the waves hit the skerries, and to wake up with the sun to see the islands swimming in sunshine. Lyngør lighthouse is open for accommodation through Aust-Agder trekking association. The old residence has been made into a cabin with more than 20 beds. The lighthouse will also include a gallery and modern sanitary facilities.
The lighthouse is available all year long.
Season: open all year round
Discounts: DNT (Norwegian Trekking Association) membership