Makkaur Lighthouse, far north and quite remote

Makkaur Lighthouse, far north and quite remote
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Makkaur Lighthouse, Båtsfjord

  • Makkaur Lighthouse is located on a bluff east of the entrance to the Båtsfjord, about 53 km (32 mi) northwest of Vardø. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. There are no roads here. This is wild territory.
  • Makkaur stands 44 feet (13.5 meters) tall, and 128 feet (39 meters) above the high tide level.
  •  This lighthouse station was established in 1901. The second (1928) lighthouse was blown up by the Germans during World War II. The present structure dates from 1946. Several auxiliary buildings of the station were demolished in the 1980s.
  • Makkaur is an active lighthouse with a focal plane 39 m (128 ft); two white flashes every 20 s.
  • It has a square cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery centered on a 1-story concrete keeper’s house. The lighthouse is painted white, the lantern red.
  • Makkaur was automated in 2006.
  • It is one of the furthest north lighthouses in the world.


Båtsfjord is a municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. The administrative center of the municipality is the village of Båtsfjord, located near the southern end of the fjord. See the community website.

Makkaur video from NRK, Click to view.


Kayak Journey to Makkaur

Photographer Rune Nylund Larsen traveled to and photographed Makkaur in May 2011. His comments (in Norwegian) and pictures are here.  Nyland’s photos are great.

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