Ytterholmen Lighthouse’s 100th anniversary

Ytterholmen Lighthouse’s 100th anniversary
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Ytterholmen Lighthouse was first lit 100 years ago!

At 66°02’30” latitude, Ytterholmen Lighthouse is just south of the Arctic Circle. It stands on little Ytterholmen (Norwegian yetter: outer, farther, holmen: islet) out in the ocean west of Herøy municipality in Nordland county. It lies about 9.3 miles (15 kilometres) southwest of Gåsvær.

Built 1912, and automated 2001, Yetterholmen stands 30 feet (9 meters) tall and 155 feet (47.4 meters) above the high tide level. The flashing white light sits atop the lighthouse and can be seen for about 19 nautical miles (35 km; 22 mi). There is also a secondary light about half-way up the tower. The secondary light is an occulting light in white, red, and green and it can be seen for up to 15 nautical miles (28 km; 17 mi).

Herøy is part of the Helgeland traditional region. Herøy consists of about 1,700 of little islands and islets. The main industries in the municipality is fishing, fish farming, and processing activities associated with this. Other important industries are agriculture, transportation, service industries, and tourism.

Legends and Stories

Ytterholmen seeems to have been inhabited for a long time. There is a legend about a young couple who lived here, in a small cabin in the shelter of a rock outcrop. The wife was called Vendel. One day her husband and son went fishing. The weather was good, but suddenly the sea turned stormy. The two in the boat tried in vain to get ashore on Ytterholmen. Vendel was standing on shore and watched as her beloved disappeared into the sea. It took many days before people became aware of the tragedy, and had rescued her from there. This must have happened long before the lighthouse was created.

People lived on Ytterholmen, along with the lighthouse keepers, until 1948. As many as three families with 9 children at one time, reports say. There was a barn with goats, sheep, cows, and chickens. Fresh water was a problem. The residents had to collect rainwater, but for long periods of bad weather, only to find salt water. The weather was often so rough that it was not possible to move outdoors.

Ytterholmen has also had a reputation for being home to supernatural beings, and there is a legend telling of a “fairy wedding” and a cave called “the church.”


  • Seløy Kystferie on Seløy in Herøy rents accommodations on Ytterholmen Lighthouse. Read more about Seløy Kystferie.
  • Spending the night in the lighthouse Ytterholmen Lighthouse with the open ocean as your nearest neighbour is truly unforgettable.
  • The lighthouse has 6 bedrooms and is rented out to groups looking for a unique and extreme adventure.
  • Prices on request.


Seløy Kystferie is located on Seløy in Herøy municipality. The natural surrounding are fantastic. Seløy Kystferie makes numerous RIB trips into the open sea and offers Sea Kayaking, diving and guided boat trips (RIB) and cycling.


Boating Trip to Ytterholmen with the maintenance crew from Herøy

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