Lighthouses of Norway: Tromsø Area

This page lists lighthouses of the Tromsø municipality in Troms County on the northern coast of Norway. This entire county is well north of the Arctic Circle. Nonetheless it is well populated, with Tromsø being its largest port.

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 Ministry of Transport and Communications.

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
Norsk Fyrhistorisk Forening - Troms
Photos and information from the Norwegian Lighthouse Association.
Lighthouse Pages from Anke and Jens - Norway
Excellent photos of more than 60 Norwegian lighthouses.
Norway's Fjorden and Lighthouses
Photos taken by Charles W. Bash on a 2010 cruise from Bergen to North Cape.
Photos by Arno Siering
Siering's large photo collection on Panoramio has many photos of Norwegian lighthouses.
Lighthouses in Troms
Photos by various photographers 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.

Ryøystraumen Fyr
Ryøystraumen Light, Tromsø, September 2011
photo copyright Michael Boucher; used by permission

Southern Kvaløya Area Lighthouses
Note: The lights in this group are on small islands, mostly off the west coast of Kvaløya, a large island (the fifth largest Norwegain island) between Tromsø and the Norwegian Sea. The island's permanent population is about 10,000. The Sandnessund Bridge connects Kvaløya to Tromsø.
Skarvhalsen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); flash every 5 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 7 m (23 ft) concrete post with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. Hans-Ivar Jensen has a photo, and Google has a distant satellite view. Located on the west side of Edøy, marking the north side of the entrance to the Malangenfjord, which separates Kvaløya from the island of Senja. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-8637; Admiralty L3555.4; NGA 13192.
* [Hillesøy (Lille Lyngøy)]
Date unknown (station established 1906). Active; focal plane 3 m (10 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 4.5 m (16 ft) round lantern mounted on a concrete base. Lantern painted white with a red roof. A closeup photo is available, and Google has a distant satellite view. Not to be confused with the historic Lille Lyngøy light station (see below). Located at the tip of a promontory on the west side of the entrance to the harbor of Hillesøy. The island is accessible from Kvaløya over a series of bridges. Site open, and it appears that visitors can walk up a stairway to the lantern. NF-8641; Admiralty L3557; NGA 13216.
Skarvskjær
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 6.5 m (21 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 6 m (20 ft) lantern on a platform supported by piles. Lantern painted white with a red roof. Siering has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a skerry off the south coast of Hillesøy, a small island off the southwestern end of Kvaløya. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-8639; Admiralty L3556; NGA 13212.
Værholmen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 33 m (108 ft); flash every 5 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 6 m (20 ft) square skeletal tower with lantern and gallery, mostly enclosed by siding. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. P.H. Hesse has a distant view, another distant photo is available, and Google has a distant satellite view. Located on an islet off the north coast of Hillesøy. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-8663; Admiralty L3562; NGA 13240.
Sommarøy
Date unknown (station established 1903). Active; focal plane 8.5 m (28 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 6 m (20 ft) square skeletal tower with lantern and gallery, mostly enclosed by siding. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. Siering has a photo, a distant view is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on an islet off the north coast of Sommarøy. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-8660; Admiralty L3560; NGA 13236.
Vasstrand
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 8.5 m (28 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 6 m (20 ft) square skeletal tower with lantern and gallery, enclosed by siding. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. A closeup photo is at right, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a promontory on the west side of Kvaløya opposite Tussøy. Site open, tower closed. NF-8670; Admiralty L3566; NGA 13244.
Sessøysund
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9.5 m (31 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 6 m (20 ft) square tower with lantern and gallery, enclosed by siding. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. No photo available, but Google has a distant satellite view. Located on a skerry in the entrance to the Sessøysund, an inlet on the central west coast of Kvaløya. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-8680; Admiralty L3570; NGA 13252.
Bjørnøy
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 6.5 m (21 ft) square tower with lantern and gallery, enclosed by siding. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. No photo available, but Google has a distant satellite view. Located at the northeastern tip of Bjørnøy, an island about 8 km (5 mi) off the west coast of Kvaløya. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-8685; Admiralty L3572; NGA 13256.
Vasstrand Light
Vasstrand Light, Kvaløya, about 2007
Panoramio photo copyright palt222
permission requested

Northern Kvaløya and Southern Ringvassøya Area Lighthouses
Auvær
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 29 m (95 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 9 m (30 ft) square wood skeletal tower with lantern, gallery, and enclosed upper portion. Skeletal portion painted black, upper portion and lantern white, lantern roof red. A distant photo (halfway down the page) is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located atop a small island about 32 km (20 mi) west of the entrance to the Vengsøyfjord. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-8695; Admiralty L3578; NGA 13264.
Store Ganholmen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft); white flash every 5 s. 6 m (20 ft) square tower with lantern and gallery, enclosed by wood siding. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located atop a small island off the entrance to the Vengsøyfjord. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-8700; Admiralty L3582; NGA 13268.
Lille Lyngøy (2?)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 27.5 m (90 ft); two flashes every 10 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 11.5 m (38 ft) lantern on a platform supported by piles. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. The original lighthouse was a 1-1/2 story keeper's house with a lantern at one end; it was deactivated in 1904. This present modest light is an landfall light for Tromsø. Located on a small island about 15 km (9 mi) northwest of the northern tip of Kvaløya. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. NF-8729; Admiralty L3592; NGA 13300.
Kvitholmen (Simabakleia, Store Lyngøy) Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 28 m (92 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 6 m (20 ft) square tower with lantern and gallery, enclosed by wood siding. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. A distant view is available, and Bing has a satellite view of the location. Located on the heights of Store Lyngøy. Site open, tower closed. NF-8731; Admiralty L3594.1; NGA 13308.
Ytre Kårkvika
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 8.5 m (28 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 7 m (23 ft) lantern and gallery mounted on s stone cairn. Lantern painted white with a red roof. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on Meholmen, a skerry in the Kvalsundet, the passage between Kvaløya and Ringvassøya. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-8835; Admiralty L3649; NGA 13320.
Klokkerholmen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10.5 m (34 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 6 m (20 ft) square tower with lantern and gallery, enclosed by wood siding. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. Joachim Probst's photo is at right, a distant view is available, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on a promontory on the west coast of the large island of Ringvassøya. Site open, tower closed. NF-8740; Admiralty L3598; NGA 13316.
Hysholmen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (46 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 6 m (20 ft) square tower with lantern and gallery, enclosed by wood siding. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on a skerry in the Sandøyfjord, the passage between the island of Sandøya and Ringvassøya. Site open, tower closed. NF-8745; Admiralty L3604; NGA 13328.
Sørstabben
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7.5 m (25 ft); flash every 5 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 8.5 m (28 ft) lantern mounted on a platform supported by piles. Lantern painted white with a red roof. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on a skerry in the Sandøyfjord off the east coast of Sandøya. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-8748; Admiralty L3606; NGA 13336.
Styrsøy
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7.5 m (25 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, occulting three times every 12 s. 9 m (30 ft) lantern and gallery mounted on a tripod. Lantern painted white with a red roof. A closeup is available, and Bing has a distant satellite view. Located in the Sandøyfjord near Løksfjord, off the southwest coast of Rebbenesøya. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-8750; Admiralty L3608; NGA 13340.
Klokkerholmen Light
Klokkerholmen Light, Ringvassøya, March 2011
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Joachim Probst
Skarsfjorden
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 5 m (17 ft) square wood tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. A photo is available (last photo on the page), and Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on the north side of the entrance to the Skarsfjord, about 3 km (2 mi) west of Stordal on the west coast of the large island of Ringvassøya. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-8762; Admiralty L3612; NGA 13360.

Tromsø Area Lighthouses
Note: Tromsø, the largest town of Norway's northern coast, is built on the east side of Tromsøya, an island in the Tromsøysund.
Rystraumen (Ryøystraumen, Storstraumen)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9.5 m (31 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 7.5 m (25 ft) square skeletal tower, covered by siding, with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. Michael Boucher's photo is at the top of this page, Bash has a photo, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on the south coast of Kvaløya, marking a narrow passage between that island and the smaller island of Ryøy. Site open, tower closed. NF-8790; Admiralty L3626; NGA 13392.
* Balsnes (Balsnesodden)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 6 m (20 ft) concrete post light with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. A photo is at right, another good photo is available, Google has a street view, Bash has a view from the fjord, and Bing has a satellite view. Located at the tip of a promontory at the entrance to the Balsfjord, about 10 km (6 mi) southwest of Tromsø. Site open, tower closed. NF-8791; Admiralty L3627; NGA 13396.
Hansmark
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 6 m (20 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 8 m (26 ft) concrete post light with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. Terje Lein-Mathisen has a closeup photo, a winter twilight photo is available, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located on the southwest coast of Tromsøya, about 3.2 km (2 mi) south of the Sandnessund Bridge. Site status unknown. NF-8801; Admiralty L3630; NGA 13440.
Vestre Skarvegrunnen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post light with gallery. Lighthouse painted with red and white vertical stripes; gallery painted white. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on the west side of the channel west of Tromsøya. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-8804; Admiralty L3638.2; NGA 13441.5.
Balsnes Light
Balsnes Light, Tromsø, May 2002
Panoramio photo copyright Polarbear; permission requested
Erikgrunnen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); green light, 2 s on 2 s off. 17.5 m (57 ft) concrete post light with gallery. Lighthouse painted with green and white vertical stripes; gallery painted white. In Wikipedia's aerial photo of Sandnessund Bridge, this light is at the far right. Google has a satellite view. This light and the next one are on the south side of the Sandnessund Bridge, which connects Tromsø to Kvalsøya on the west. The two lights frame the channel for vessels approaching the bridge from the north. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-8809; Admiralty L3638.6; NGA 13443.
Løknesgrunnen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); red light, 2 s on 2 s off. 17.5 m (57 ft) concrete post light with gallery. Lighthouse painted with red and white vertical stripes; gallery painted white. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-8808; Admiralty L3638.8; NGA 13442.5.
Skognesgrunnen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); green light, 1 s on 1 s off. 17.5 m (57 ft) concrete post light with gallery. Post painted green, gallery painted white. This light is on the north side of the Sandnessund Bridge, which connects Tromsø to Kvalsøya. Siering has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. In Wikipedia's aerial photo, the light is to the left of the bridge, farther from the camera. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-8810; Admiralty L3641.2; NGA 13443.5.
Slettskjærgrunnen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9.5 m (31 ft); red light, 1 s on 1 s off. 17.5 m (57 ft) concrete post light with gallery. Post painted red, gallery painted white. This light is on the north side of the Sandnessund Bridge, which connects Tromsø to Kvalsøya. Siering has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. In Wikipedia's aerial photo, the light is to the left of the bridge, closer to the camera. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-8812; Admiralty L3641; NGA 13444.
Nesland
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 6 m (20 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 7 m (23 ft) concrete post light with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. Per Ivar Somby has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located off the Ringvegen at the northern tip of Tromsøya. Site status unknown. NF-8816; Admiralty L3642; NGA 13424.
Tønsnes
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 4 m (13 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 6 m (20 ft) lantern mounted on a stone cairn. Lantern painted white with a red roof. Siering's photo is at right, Geocaching.com has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a point of land projecting into the east side of the Tromsøysund about 5 km (3 mi) northeast of Tromsøya. Site status unknown (probably the light is on private property); there is a distant view from the Ringvegen. NF-8825; Admiralty L3643; NGA 13432.
Skallen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 6 m (20 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, occulting three times every 10 s. 7 m (23 ft) concrete post light with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. Siering has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on an isolated rock in the Tromsøysund about 8 km (5 mi) northeast of Tromsøya. Site status unknown. NF-8826; Admiralty L3644; NGA 13436.

Tønsnes Light, Tromsø, June 2012
Panoramio photo copyright Arno Siering; used by permission
Hansneset
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 6.5 m (22 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 8 m (26 ft) square wood tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. A Kystverket photo is at right, another photo is available, and Google has a street view and a distant satellite view. Located on a farm at the northeastern tip of Kvalsøya, marking the west side of the northern entrance to the Tromsøysund. Site status unknown, but the light can be seen from highway 863. NF-8830; Admiralty L3646; NGA 13448.

Grøtsund and Ullsfjord Lighthouses
* Vågnes
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 5 m (17 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 6 m (20 ft) square wood tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. Siering has a photo, Truls Tiller has a spectacular nighttime photo, Ronald Bengt has a 2011 photo, Geocaching.com has a more distant view, and Google has a distant street view and a distant satellite view. Located on a point of land on the south side of the Grøtsund. Site apparently open, tower closed. NF-8840; Admiralty L3650; NGA 13456.
Kuberget
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 6 m (20 ft); flash every 5 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 6.5 m (21 ft) concrete post light with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located at the tip of a promontory on the west side of the Ullsfjord, which runs north to south east of Tromsø. Site status unknown. NF-9026; Admiralty L3711; NGA 13566.
Hansneset Fyr
Hansneset Light, Tromsø, 2006
Kystverket photo (no longer online)
Klubbskjær
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 6 m (20 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 6.5 m (21 ft) lantern and gallery mounted on a stone cairn. Lantern painted white with a red roof. No photo available, but Google has a very distant street view and Bing has a satellite view. Located on the west side of the Sørfjord, a southern branch of the Ullsfjord, about 650 m (0.4 mi) off Sjurnes. Probably visible from the historic Sjurnes church, a well known attraction in this area. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. NF-9028; Admiralty L3712; NGA 13568.

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Adjoining pages: North: Northern Troms | South: Southern Troms

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Posted August 3, 2006. Checked and revised August 30, 2016. Lighthouses: 32. Site copyright 2016 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.