Ryvarden Lighthouse, a different viewpoint

From up on its promintory on the western tip of Sveio, Ryvarden looks out over the sea. Photo © Svein-Magne Tunli

Photo © Svein-Magne Tunli.

Seeing this rough terrain jutting up out to the ocean, we can only assume (hope) photographer Svein-Magne Tunli is a very sure footed man. Photo © Svein-Magne Tunli.

The clean lines and well-maintained surfaces of the lighthouse are so pleasing and indicate a very orderly approach to a sometimes dangerous and always demanding job that lighthouse keepers did. Photo © Svein-Magne Tunli.

The rocks and minerals here are right on the surface. Photo © Svein-Magne Tunli.

Photo © Svein-Magne Tunli.

An interesting view from inside. Photo © Svein-Magne Tunli.

From just a little distance, the lighthouse and her companion buildings make a handsome set. Photo © Svein-Magne Tunli.

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Ryvarden Lighthouse

Photographer Svein-Magne Tunli sent Lighthouses of Norway some wonderful new photos of Ryvarden Lighthouse

Some interesting facts about Ryvarden Lighthouse

  • Ryvarden Lighthouse (Norwegian: Ryvarden fyr) is a coastal lighthouse in the municipality of Sveio on the Haugaland peninsula in Hordaland, Norway. It was established in 1849 and automated in 1984. The lighthouse is situated by the Sletta sea area, at the end of the promontory called Ryvardsneset, on the north side of Mølstrevågen. It stands 23.6 feet (6.9 meters) tall and 73 feet (22.3 meters) above the high-tide level.
  • Ryvarden Lighthouse offers accommodations for overnight guests. See details here.
  • Ryvarden Culture Lighthouse has an art gallery with both art and craft work for sale. Gallery Ryvarden was established in 1992, and it has been a success with 30,000–35,000 visitors each year. Besides the gallery, there is a café and studios. There are many cultural events held here, including art exhibitions and concerts.
  • Ryvarden Artist in Residency Program. Whether one is an emerging, mid-career, or established artist; staying at a Lighthouse in Norway presents a unique opportunity to reflect, research and produce.

Starting in 869 AD . . .

  • The earliest lighthouses were simply bonfires built on hillsides to guide ships. Ancient peoples had long made a practice of banking fires on hills and mountainsides to bring their sailors home from the sea.
  • Ryvarden Lighthouse is the site of a stone fireplace built in 869 by the viking Floke Vilgerdson (aka Ramnaflok). The cairn that Floke built before he left was later given the name Ryvarden (Rycairn), and is probably the oldest cairn along the coast.

Photographer Svein-Magne Tunli

Svein-Magne Tunli sent LighthousesofNorway.com these great photos from Ryvarden. Thank you, Svein-Magne Tunli.
Contact Svein-Magne Tunli
Email: sm@tunliweb.no
See more of his work: www.tunliweb.no


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