Stangholmen Lighthouse, Restaurant

Stangholmen Lighthouse, Restaurant
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Stangholmen Lighthouse is located on a small island about 1.2 km (3/4 mi) east of Risør n Aust-Agder county, Norway

  • It is accessible only by boat. The site is open and there is restaurant which operates from late June through early August (May 1 through September 1 for group reservations).
  • The owner is the Risør Kommune.
  • The lighthouse was built in 1855. It stands 29.8 feet (9.1 meters) tall and 34 feet (10.4 meters) above the high tide level.
  • The lighthouse was deactivated in 1959 when its longtime keeper retired. The current active light was installed in front of the building. The old lighthouse was later transferred to Risør Kommune, which leases it as a restaurant. In addition, a music festival is held at the lighthouse in late July. Site manager: Stangholmen Fyr.

, the town of white wooden houses

Risør is a beautiful and picturesque town. It was already an important harbor in the 1500s because of its particularly well-sheltered position just off Skagerrak. The place-name Risør means ”the scrub-covered isles,” and originally referred to the small islands outside of town. Large amounts of logs from the hinterland were floated to sea here. The annual Risør Wooden Boat Festival in August is hugely popular. Read more about it.

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Stangholmen Fyr Restaurant

  • The restaurant is open to the public from June 22 to August 5
 and welcomes groups from May 1 to October 1
  • There are boats from the city every half hour.
  • There is outdoor seating with great views of Risør
  • Reservations: Tel: +47 34 15 00:50 or +47 900 93 400

Gardening on Stangholmen

As on many island lighthouses, Stangholmen’s keepers did an amazing job of growing plants for both food and for aesthetic reasons. From around 1900, the Andersen family, lighthouse keeper and his wife, lived here with her six children (three of whom were sailors). The family kept both a kitchen and fruit garden, and also kept cattle and poultry. The island consists mostly of bare rock but there are  some garden patches where vegetables could be grown. The soil in the garden was mostly ballast from returning ships..

The lighthouse keeper Jens Thaarup Johnsen was unusually fond of flowers and the gardens were built in terraces up from the wharf . There was an arbor overgrown with ivy, gooseberry bushes, peonies, auriculas, some extremely hardy white roses. and a very unusual decorative thistle. Bulb flowers thrived in many places on the island. During one summer in the 1930s, a large number of narcissus  from the island were delivered for sale in Risør! Besides the daffodils there are blue scilla, a pear, and berry bushes. Remains of the gardens and farmland are still evident on the island.

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