Sklinna Lighthouse

Sklinna Lighthouse
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Sklinna Lighthouse (Norwegian: Sklinna fyr), built in 1910, is still an active station. The lighthouse is located at the highest point of the isolated island of Heimøya, easternmost island in the Sklinna island group about 30 kilometres (19 mi) northwest of the main island of Leka and about 30 kilometres (19 mi) north of the island of Ytter-Vikna in Vikna municipality.

  • The lighthouse was automated in April 2004.
  • Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed.
  • Having a focal plane of 45 m (148 ft), with a white, red or green light depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. The occulting light can be seen for about 18.6 nautical miles (34.4 km; 21.4 mi).
  • The tower consists of a 14 meter (46 feet) round cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, painted red. The original 2nd order Fresnel lens remains in use. 1-1/2 story wood keeper’s house, engine house, and other light station buildings also preserved.
  • Sklinna is a former fishing village, abandoned in the 1890s. The area is now a protected nature reserve.

Leka Municipality

Primarily a fishing and farming community, Leka is the northernmost municipality in Trøndelag. The island has been inhabited for at least 10,000 years, as evidenced by cave drawings in the Solsem section of the island.

Sklinna Fishing Village

Sklinna was formerly a fishing village. The archipelago had permanent settlement until the 1890s, and there were extensive buildings, boathouses, docks, fishermen and fishermen’s homes.These buildings are now gone and the only buildings pertinent to the lighthouse remain; the keeper’s house, outbuildings, docks, and boathouse. The lighthouse and its associated buildings were protected in 1999.

Sklinna Nature Reserve

Sklinna Nature Reserve was created in 2003 to preserve a unique island and archipelago area on the Namdalskysten, where botanical, zoological and geological elements, as well on land as at sea, contributed the area’s character. The area has great scientific value.

There is a rich bird life and the area is popular with birdwatchers . Sklinna Nord-Trøndelag has recorded nesting area for puffins , razorbills , guillemots andfulmars , and is one of the few places in Norway that common guillemot population increases. The population of shags increased significantly between 2000-2009, and up to 3,300 breeding pairs are counted . Sklinna thus probably the biggest shag colony in the world. The highest islands are covered with heatherheather and crowberry mixed cloudberry , skrubbær and less herbs.

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Tom Kvalo

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