Lighthouses of Norway: Inner Lofoten

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Lighthouses of Norway: Inner Lofoten

This page lists lighthouses of the Lofoten Islands, located off the northwestern coast of Norway. The islands are included in the Lofoten District of Nordland County. This page describes lighthouses of the inner islands, in the municipalities of Vågan and Vestvågøy. These islands are connected to the mainland by bridges.

Located entirely north of the Arctic Circle, the mountainous islands have a stunning beauty and attract many visitors. Historically they have been a center of the Norwegian fishing industry, with many small fishing harbors nestled amid the mountains.

Although it has always been considered a separate realm, Norway has only been independent since 1905; it was ruled by the Danish king until 1814 and then by the Swedish king until the Norwegian parliament arranged a peaceful separation of the two kingdoms.

In Norway a lighthouse is simply called a fyr (fire). Aids to navigation are maintained by the Kystverket (Coast Directorate), an agency of the Fiskeri og Kystdepartementet (Fisheries and Coast Department).

ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights . NF numbers are from the Norsk Fyrliste . Admiralty numbers are from volume L of the Admiralty List of Lights Fog Signals . U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 115.

General Sources

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Norsk Fyrhistorisk Forening — Nordland Photos and information from the Norwegian Lighthouse Association. Lighthouse Pages from Anke and Jens — Norway Excellent photos of more than 60 Norwegian lighthouses. Leuchttürme an der norwegischen Küste Photos posted by Bernd Claußen. Lighthouses in Nordland Photos available from Wikimedia. Norwegische Leuchttürme auf historischen Postkarten Historic postcard images posted by Klaus Huelse. Liste over Norske Fyr From Wikipedia, a handy list of Norwegian light stations with their dates of establishment. Norsk Fyrliste The official Norwegian light list can be downloaded in six .pdf volumes.

Skrova Light, Vågan, June 2012

Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by Johan Leide


Vågan Lighthouses

E astern Austvågøy Lighthouses Risvær Date unknown. Active; focal plane 8.5 m (28 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 7 m (23 ft) square skeletal tower, covered with siding, with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. No photo available, but Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on a skerry at the southeastern edge of the Risvær archipelago. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-7394; Admiralty L2810; NGA 11360. [Digermulen] Date unknown (station established 1901). Active; focal plane 23.5 m (77 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 4 m (13 ft) octagonal lantern, painted white with a red roof, mounted on a short stone base. Arno Siering has a photo. Johannes Steinbrück has a photo. and Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on a promontory on the west side of the entrance to the Raftsund southwest of Digermulen; there should be a good view from ferries between Digermulen and Stormolla. The Raftsund is the most-used inside passage through the Lofoten Islands for coastwise ferries. Site status unknown. NF-7412; Admiralty L2818; NGA 11376. Soten Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, occulting three times every 12 s. 6 m (20 ft) concrete post with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on a skerry on the south side of Stormolla. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-7441; Admiralty L2844; NGA 11420.

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