Sør-Gjæslingan – living museum

Sør-Gjæslingan – living museum
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Gjæslingan Lighthouse (Norwegian: Gjeslingene fyr) is a coastal lighthouse in the municipality of Vikna in Nord-Trøndelag, Norway. It was established in 1877 and automated in 1987.

Gjæslingan lighthouse stands on a small skerry Haraldsøykråka in the South Gjæslingan island group on the north side of the Foldafjord, about 15 km (9 mi) north of Lauvsnes. It is ccessible only by boat. Both the site and tower are closed. This is a notoriously dangerous stretch of coastline Folla, 5 mil west of Rørvik

The white building consists of a 24.3-meter (80 ft) high red cast iron tower with a lantern and gallery on a round stone base, incorporating keeper’s quarters. The lighthouse tower is painted red. The 4-story white concrete building was built behind the lighthouse in 1938; the building included a boat house, machine shop, and living quarters. Much of the interior of the concrete building has been destroyed by storm waves since the lighthouse was automated in 1987, but the preserved living quarters reveal an elaborate and lavish decor.
Gjæslingan exempliies unique materials and styles, and has a high value Lighthouse history, with its distinctive castle-like lighthouse.


Vikna municipality consists of a large island archipelago with some 6,000 large and small islands going far into the Norwegian Sea off the northwestern coast of Nord-Trøndelag. Vikna is the largest spawning area for cod south of Lofoten. The many islands in the area means that there are many lighthouses including Gjeslingene Lighthouse, Grinna Lighthouse, Nærøysund Lighthouse, and Nordøyan Lighthouse.


  • Far out in the ocean, in the open Folla Sea, there is the authentic fishing village of Sør-Gjæslingan. You can both visit and stay here. There are  row boats, kayaks, canoes for rent. There is a guest marina and the ferry comes four times a week.

 The author Olav Duun described this island landscape far out at sea as a “fairtytale land”.
  • Sør-Gjæslingan is a monument to former greatness, and it has been designated a national heritage conservation area. You can sense the history in the walls and a visit to Sør-Gjæslingan is a memory for life. This was once one of the greatest and most important fishing villages south of Lofoten.

 In its time, thousands of fishermen gathered here in the season.
  • In Sør-Gjæslingan you will hear the tale of Sea-Sara, a woman who lived around the turn of the 18th century and was the most skilful and fearless of all the fishermen and women on the Folla sea in her days. The legend about her deeds as a fisherwomen, pilot and lifesaver live on in the present day.
  • Midt Museum has taken over responsibility for much of today abandoned hamlet of South Gjæslingan, which was protected as national heritage by the King in October 2010.

Staying at Sør-Gjæslingan.

  • Stay in authentic cabins available from 15 May 15 – 15 september 2012. Info on the cabins (rorbu)
  • Facilities: There is a small shop with a limited range of items. Boatsm canoes, and kayaks are available for rent.
  • Book online at www.museetmidt.no, or contact the museum directly. The musuem shop is open in the summer season,
  • Half day excursions are available on the fast passenger boat M/V “Foldafjord” from Namsos (Saturdays at 09:30) and Rørvik (Sundays at 11:40) between June 18 and August 27, 2011.
  • Prices for Fisherman’s cabins:
    Small Cabin Weekday Price NOK700, -
Public holiday price NOK800|
    Staværingsbua Weekly price NOK 1200, holiday price 1400
  • Contact:
    7900 Rørvik, Vikna
    www.msueetnidt.no (norwegian language only)
    Tel.: +47 74 36 07 70     Fex +47 74 36 07 71
  • Public transport  MS Foldafjord calls on South Gjæslingan in the period from late May – late August. For reservation, contact the office. Tel. +47 74 21 63 00 within the Friday before. 16.00.

What to Bring, What to Expect

  • All buildings have the necessary equipment for easy cooking and cleaning as well as wood stove for heating in addition to electricity. There are two well-equipped meeting rooms, sanitary toilets, shower and telephone. There are refrigerators in the cabins.
  • Bring: sleeping bag, sheets, pillowcases, towels and sanitary articles. More details can be found under the “Stay at the museum – worth knowing.”

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The skerry of Haraldsøykråka on which the lighthouse stands

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