Westernmost Norway: Utvær Lighthouse

Utvær is a place of natural beauty.

A natural harbor formed by the two lobes that make up Utvær. Photo © Svein-Magne Tunli.

All over Norway buildings use white and this particular shade of Norwegian red. Photo © Svein-Magne Tunli.

The sprinkling of man made structures seems quite harmonious on this mellow summer day. Photo © Svein-Magne Tunli.

Rocky, but still fairly lush in the long Norwegian summer days. Photo © Svein-Magne Tunli.

A handsome relic of bygone seafaring days. Photo © Svein-Magne Tunli.

Photo © Svein-Magne Tunli.

Photo © Svein-Magne Tunli.

Signing the guestbook at Utvær, Vigdis Einebærholm, Tunli's wife and explorer companion. Photo © Svein-Magne Tunli.

A shot that shows how deeply this small island is divided. And how rocky it is! Photo © Svein-Magne Tunli.

Photo © Svein-Magne Tunli.

And here we have our intrepid photographer at the top of the lighthouse. Probably taken by Vigdis. Photo © Svein-Magne Tunli.

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Utvær Lighthouse

As these photos make clear, Utvær is a place of natural beauty. The hand of man has gently added humble, functional and harmonious buildings which really do seem to accentuate the grand land- and seascape. We thank photographer Svein-Magne Tunli for permission to publish his fine photographs.

  • Utvær Lighthouse is Norway’s westernmost lighthouse, and its position marks the line of transition between the North Sea to the southwest and the Norwegian Sea to the northwest.
  • Utvær Lighthouse is located in the Utvær group of islands on the western edge of Solund municipality. The westernmost point of all Norway is Holmebåen on the tiny Utvær island of Steinsøy. 
  • Utvær Lighthouse stands 101.7 feet (31 meters) tall and 147.6 feet (45 meters) above high tide mark.
  • Solund consists only of islands, the main two being Sula and Ytre Sula. These islands are mostly uninhabited.
  • Solund is popular with boaters with its myriad exciting islands and also attracts numerous tourists looking for outdoor recreation and fishing. Utvær island and the Utvær Lighthouse is a popular destination for tourists during the summer.
  • Solund municipality manages the light station, which is staffed in the summer by volunteer keepers.
  • Utvær, as can plainly be seen in these photos, is a rocky. low island. The island consists of two elongated and nearly parallel lobes connected by a strip of land near the middle. From end to end, the longer of the two sections is about 900 meters (2.907 feet). At its widest point: 236 meters (774 feet).
  • The lighthouse burned down in February 1945 during an allied air attack during World War II. The lighthouse was reconstructed from 1948–1952. The lighthouse itself took on a different form from previously and the “balcony” on the top was one story lower. It was rebuilt in 1948.

Getting to Utvær Lighthouse

  • There are no longer any permanent residents on the island of Utvær, but there are always two people on duty at the lighthouse.
  • To visit Utvær one has to travel by boat. There is a service available on request all year round Kolgrov, a village located on the western coast of the island of Ytre Sula. In the summer season there is a scheduled service with departures from HardbakkeEivindvik, and Korssund.
  • More detailed travel information here.

Accommodations on Utvær Island.

  • Yes, it is possible to stay on Utvær. Very simple lodgings are at the old schoolhouse.
  • For reservations and more information, call or send a sms-message to: 
Torald Storøy.
    Tel.: +47 99 39 68 13.
    Or send an e-mail to: bestilling@lengstvest.no

Photographer Svein-Magne Tunli

Svein-Magne Tunli generously sent LighthousesofNorway.com these great photos from Utvær. 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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