Ulla Lighthouse


Ulla Lighthouse

Ulla Lighthouse
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Information updated: July 2014

… a very popular place for island-hopping

Ulla Lighthouse was first lit in January 1874 and automated in 1975. In October 1944, the lighthouse and the lighthouse keeper’s house were bombed and destroyed by allied planes. In 1950, reconstruction of the lighthouse and other buildings was undertaken. Today’s lighthouse is a square cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery painted white; lantern roof painted red. Two one and a half story keeper’s houses, boathouses, and other station buildings are preserved.

  • Ulla Lighthouse is 34.4 feet (10.5 meters) tall and stands 70.5 feet (21.5 meters) above the high tide level. It is located on tiny Kvernholmen just north of Ulla, a fishing community on the north end of the island of Haramsøya, about 20 km north of Ålesund, in the municipality of Haram in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway.
  • The lighthouse was built after a disastrous accident in March 1869, when 18 fishermen from the area drowned in a storm. Ulla was a large and thriving fishing village at that time, and at the end of the 19th century about 1,000 fishermen stayed here.
  • In 1999 the lighthouse was declared a listed building, along with eight other lighthouses in the region, and is currently rented by the Norwegian Ministry of Defence. Ulla has a very rugged climate, but can still present a range of rare and beautiful flowers, including orchids.


  • The lighthouse is still in operation. The main house and the lighthouse are owned by the Norwegian Coastal Guardinanship, and are cared for by the Friends of the Ulla Lighthousefounded in 2002, after a period when the buildings suffered a lack of maintenance, and they even was advertised for private ownership. Fortunately, it was not sold, and today everyone can enjoy nature and these buildings at Ulla. There are photos of the accommodations on Ulla’s website.
  • The main house and/or the boat-house can be rented. The main house is divided in two parts, which can be opened and joined into one. The area on the island is designated as a protected nature preserve and the lighthouse and its buildings protected zone by the Central Office of Historic Monuments.
  • There are a total of 22 beds, divided among six rooms in the first floor of the main building. In the basement there is a shower and  toilet.
 The boathouse is included when hiring.
  • There is room for approximately 30 persons around a long table in the living room.

 The boat house can be rented individually.

 The renter must tidy up and clean before leaving, and the time for checking out is normally at midday, 12:00. 
Smoking inside is prohibited. 

Arrangements can be made to visit inside the lighthouse.

Weekend rentals are a 2-day minimum.

  • Main house for a 24-hour period: NOK 1,250
  • Additional fee (optional) for use of beds per person, per night: NOK 100[
  • Additional fee (optional) for bedclothes: NOK 50
  • One apartment (half of the main house): NOK 625
  • Additional fee (optional) for use of beds per person, per night: NOK 100
  • Additional fee (optional) for bedclothes: NOK 50
  • Main house for a one week period : NOK 4,500
  • Additional fee (optional) for cleaning the house: NOK 400
  • Contact Person: Oddfrid Sunde. Tel.: +47 70 21 01 98 or cellular: +47 95 83 04 38
  • Ulla Website

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