Lighthouses of Norway: Vest-Agder (Kristiansand Area)

Norway is one of the world's most maritime nations. The country is long and narrow, with drowned valleys called fjords that bring the sea far inland in most regions. The mainland coast is estimated to be 2650 km (1650 mi) long, and when all the islands and minor indentations are counted the total coastline approaches an astonishing 60,000 km (37,500 mi), long enough the go around the world one and a half times. With such a lengthy and rocky shore, it's not surprising that Norway has a large number of lighthouses. This page lists lighthouses of the county of Vest-Agder, which faces the entrance to the Skaggerak from the North Sea. Kristiansand, in the southeastern corner of the county, is the principal 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 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 B of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 115.

General Sources
Norwegian Lighthouse Association (Norsk Fyrhistorisk Forening)
With pages in both Norwegian and English, the Association's site provides photos and information on selected lighthouses. There is a page for the lighthouses of Vest-Agder.
Online List of Lights - Norway North Sea
Photos by various photographers, posted by Alexander Trabas. Many of these photos were taken by Ronald Wöhrn.
Leuchtturmseiten von Anke und Jens - Südnorwegen
Excellent 2002 photos posted by two German lighthouse fans.
Lighthouses in Vest-Agder
Photos available from Wikimedia.
Norwegische Leuchttürme auf historischen Postkarten
Historic postcard images posted by Klaus Huelse.
Liste over Norske Fyr
From Norwegian Wikipedia, a handy list of Norwegian light stations with their dates of establishment.

Grønningen Light
Grønningen Light, Kristiansand, July 2004
Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by Bjoertvedt

Kristiansand Lighthouses
Torsøya
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); white, red, or green light, depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 6 m (20 ft) lantern and gallery mounted on piles. Lantern painted white with a red roof. No photo available, but Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on the eastern point of Torsøya, an island east of the entrance to Kristiansand. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-394; NF-0708; Admiralty B2908; NGA 1360.
Mannevikodden
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 3 m (10 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction,occulting three times every 10 s. 4.5 m (15 ft) lantern and gallery mounted on a concrete pedestal. Lantern painted white with a red roof, pedestal black. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on a southern tip of a ridge marking a right-angle turn in the Randøysund. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-0709; Admiralty B2914; NGA 1364.
Stokken
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 3 m (10 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 2 s on, 2 s off. 4 m (13 ft) lantern and gallery mounted on a concrete pedestal. Lantern painted white with a red roof, pedestal black. Stig Berge has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the northwestern point of the island of Stokken. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-0711; Admiralty B2918; NGA 1372.
Grønningen
1878. Active; focal plane 19 m (62 ft); two flashes every 10 s, white, red, or green depending on direction. 14 m (46 ft) square cylindrical masonry tower with lantern and gallery, attached to one end of a 1-1/2 story masonry keeper's house. A photo appears above, a closeup photo is available, Trabas has a panoramic photo by Wöhrn of the lighthouse and the entrance to the fjord, Wikimedia has several photos, and Google has a satellite view. This lighthouse marks the start of the channel into Kristiansand. During the summer the house is operated as a hostel for overnight stays, first come first served, no private accommodations. Located on a small skerry in the entrance to Kristiansandsfjorden, about 3 km (2 mi) south of Fidje. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower open during the summer. Site manager: Bragdøya Kystlag. ARLHS NOR-030; NF-0716; Admiralty B2922; NGA 1380.
* Odderøya (2)
1874 (station established 1832). Inactive since 1984. 8 m (26 ft) square cylindrical tower with lantern and gallery, attached to one end of a 1-1/2 story keeper's house. Building painted white, lantern red. Fog bell mounted on the front of the tower. Robert Smith's photo is at right, Trabas has posted an excellent photo by Wöhrn, a 2008 photo is available, Anke and Jens have good photos, Wikimedia has several photos, and Google has a satellite view. The active light stands in front of the lighthouse. The building has been transferred to the city of Kristiansand for use as a center for meetings. Located at the end of the Odderøya peninsula, which projects into Kristiansandsfjorden and protects the harbor of the city. Site open, tower closed. Site manager: Kristiansand Kommune. ARLHS NOR-035.
* Odderøya (3)
1984 (station established 1832). Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); white, red, or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 6 m (20 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with a small lantern and gallery, painted with red and white horizontal bands. Robert Smith's photo is at right, Trabas has posted an excellent photo by Wöhrn, and Petter Emil Wikøren also has a good photo. Located in front of the historic lighthouse. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-337; NF-0723; Admiralty B2936; NGA 1400.
Jøngeholmskjæret (Gyngeholmen)
1916. Active; focal plane 4 m (13 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 and mounted on a round stone base. John Viste has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a rock just off the northern tip of Flekkerøy. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-0731; Admiralty B2942; NGA 1416.
Odderøya Light
Odderøya Light, Kristiansand, April 2012
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Robert Smith
Kinn
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 2 s on, 2 s off. 4 m (13 ft) lantern and gallery mounted on a concrete pad. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on the northern tip of Kinn, a small island on the west side of the approach to Kristiansand. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-0718; Admiralty B2930; NGA 1388.
Oksøy (2)
1900 (station established 1832). Active; focal plane 47 m (154 ft); two white flashes every 45 s; also a continuous white passing light at a focal plane of 24 m (79 ft). 36 m (118 ft) round cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, painted white with two narrow red horizontal bands; original 1st order Fresnel lens in use. Several keeper's houses, boathouse, and other light station buildings. A photo appears at right, Trabas has a fine photo by Wöhrn, Melissa Gjellstad has a fine 2007 photo, Marinas.com has aerial photos, Huelse has an aerial postcard view, and Google has a satellite view. This historic station, the landfall light for Kristiansand, was staffed until 2004. The Oksøy and Grønningen lights bracket the entrance to the fjord. Located on a small island in the entrance to Kristiansandsfjorden, about 3 km (2 mi) east of Skålevik and the same distance west southwest of Grønningen Fyr. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-036; NF-0717; Admiralty B2926; NGA 1384.
Senskjær
1913. Active; focal plane 5 m (17 ft); white, red, or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 5 m (17 ft) octagonal lantern and gallery, painted white with a red roof and mounted on four black piles. John Viste has a photo, Trabas has a photo by Wöhrn, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a rock off the eastern tip of Flekkerøy, about 1 km (0.6 mi) west of the Oksøy lighthouse. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-0733; Admiralty B2948; NGA 1424.
Blåstholmen (Ytre Blåstholmen)
1907. Active; focal plane 12.5 m (41 ft); white, red, or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 5 m (17 ft) octagonal lantern and gallery, painted white with a red roof and mounted on four black piles. Trabas has a photo by Wöhrn, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a rock just off the southeastern coast of Flekkerøy. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-0734; Admiralty B2950; NGA 1432.
Bergenesodden
1919. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); white, red, or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 6 m (20 ft) square pyramidal wood tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. John Viste has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a rocky promontory at the southwestern tip of Flekkerøy. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-0736; Admiralty B2952; NGA 1436.
Oksøy Light
Oksøy Light, Kristiansand, June 2002
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Redningsselskapet
Flekkerøygapet
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); flash every 5 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 6 m (20 ft) square pyramidal wood tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. A photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a promontory of the mainland opposite Flekkerøy. Site open, tower closed. NF-0732; Admiralty B2944; NGA 1420.

Søgne Lighthouses
Herøya
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); white, red, or green light, depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 6 m (20 ft) lantern on a platform supported by piles. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on the southern point of Herøy, an island just off Langenes. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-0739; Admiralty B2956; NGA 1440.
Ny-Hellesund
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) round metal (cast iron?) tower. The light is shown through a narrow window at the top of the tower. Lighthouse painted white with a red roof. Trabas has a photo by Wöhrn, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a skerry off the east coast of Kapelløy, south of Monsøy. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-021; NF-0741; Admiralty B2960; NGA 1444.
Songvår (2)
1955 (station established 1888). Inactive since 2004. 10 m (33 ft) square cylindrical tower with lantern and gallery, rising from one end of a 1-1/2 story keeper's house. Building painted white, lantern red. Additional 1-1/2 story keeper's house and other light station buildings. A distant view is at right, Lars Verket has a portfolio of 2008 photos, a 2003 photo shows the lighthouse shortly before it was decommissioned, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Foundation ruins of the 1888 lighthouse can be seen nearby; a photo is available (halfway down the page). This light station has recently been restored by the town of Søgne and is now available for overnight stays. Located on a small island about 5 km (3 mi) south of Søgne. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Site manager: Songvaar Fyr. ARLHS NOR-219.
Songvår (3)
2004 (station established 1888). Active; focal plane 24 m (79 ft); white, red, or green light, depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. Approx. 5 m (17 ft) round "Art Deco" hourglass-shaped tower with lantern but no gallery, painted white with one red horizontal band. Located in front of the historic lighthouse. ARLHS NOR-341; NF-0740; Admiralty B2958; NGA 1448.
Nordre Vassøy
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 21.5 m (71 ft); white, red, or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 4.5 m (15 ft) lantern mounted on a rubblestone base. Lantern painted white. A distant view is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the east end of an island on the west side of the Songvårfjord. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-0743; Admiralty B2966; NGA 1464.
Songvår Light
Songvår Light, Søgne, January 2006
Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by 91

Mandal Lighthouses
Tåneskjær (Tånesskjær)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13.5 m (45 ft); white, red, or green light, depending on direction, 1 s on, 1 s off. 8 m (26 ft) lantern on a platform supported by piles. Lantern painted white with a red roof, piles black. Jostein Korsvik has a photo, and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a skerry just off the tip of the Tånes peninsula. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-0744; Admiralty B2968; NGA 1468.
Skogsøybåen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 3 m (10 ft) (?); white, red, or green light, depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 10.5 m (34 ft) lantern on a platform supported by piles. Lantern painted white with a red roof, piles black. No photo available, but Bing has an indistinct satellite view. The listed focal plane is an obvious error. Located on a reef just off the southeastern tip of Skogsøy, guiding vessels toward Tregde. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-0749; Admiralty B2972; NGA 1480.
** Ryvingen
1867. Active: focal plane 52 m (171 ft); four white flashes every 40 s. 23 m (75 ft) round cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a 1-1/2 story crew quarters building. Lighthouse painted red with one white horizontal band. Additional 1-1/2 story wood keeper's house and other light station buildings. A photo is at right, Marco Ruffatti has a closeup photo, another photo and a view from the sea are available, Trabas has a distant view by Wöhrn, Wikimedia has several photos, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. This is Norway's southernmost light station. It was also the first Norwegian lighthouse to be converted to electricity (1890s). The station was staffed until 2002; then it was transferred to the town of Mandal, which has restored the buildings and made them available for overnight accommodations. Located on an island about 5 km (3 mi) southeast of Mandal. Accessible only by boat; transportation including day trips can be arranged in Mandal. Site open; tower status unknown. Site manager: Ryvingen Fyrstasjon. ARLHS NOR-191; NF-0790; Admiralty B3014; NGA 1572.
Madodden
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); white, red, or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. Lantern and gallery on a platform supported by two piles. Lantern painted white with a red roof. A sunset photo is available, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on the west side of Skjernøy, marking a narrow passage between that island and Ferøy, southeast of Mandal. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-0778; Admiralty B3006; NGA 1560.
* Sjøsanden
1907. Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); white, red, or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 6 m (20 ft) square pyramidal wood tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. Dominique Salé has a closeup, a sunset photo and another photo are available, also a fourth photo, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Sjøsanden, on the west side of the entrance to the harbor of Mandal, has Norway's only sand beach. Located behind the beach. Site open, tower closed. NF-0792; Admiralty B3020; NGA 1580.

Ryvingen Light, Mandal, April 2006
Flickr Creative Commons photo by DES-ti
Hatholmen (Hattholmen) (2)
Date unknown (station established 1867). Active: focal plane 19 m (62 ft); two flashes every 10 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 7 m (23 ft) round cylindrical tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white with a red roof. Lars Verket has a portfolio of photos, the tower can be seen in Ronald Wöhrn's photo posted by Trabas, and Google has a satellite view of the station. 1-1/2 story wood keeper's house and 1-1/2 story wood assistant keeper's house. Both houses are available for overnight accommodations. We do not know the original configuration of the station. Located on an island in Mannefjorden about 1.5 km (1 mi) south of Mandal. Accessible only by boat. Site open; buildings open to paying guests. Site manager: Mandal Kystlag. ARLHS NOR-108; NF-0791; Admiralty B3018; NGA 1576.
 

Lindesnes Lighthouses
* Åvik
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); white, red, or green light, depending on direction, occulting three times every 10 s. 10 m (33 ft) concrete post with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. A photo is available, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on the waterfront of Åvik. Site open, tower closed. NF-0811; Admiralty B3044; NGA 1632.
Utvåre
1907. Active: focal plane 25 m (82 ft); flash every 5 s, white, red or green depending on direction. Approx. 7 m (23 ft) round stone tower with lantern. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. Trabas has posted a distant photo by Wöhrn, another distant view is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a rocky islet about 7 km (4.5 mi) southeast of Høllen. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-345; NF-0817; Admiralty B3050; NGA 1648.
**** Lindesnes (5) (Range Rear)
1915 (station established 1656). Active: focal plane 50 m (164 ft); quick white flash every 20 s. 16 m (52 ft) round cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, adjacent to a 1-story keeper's house. The 1854 1st order Fresnel lens (transferred from an older tower) is in use. Tower and house painted white; lantern and gallery painted red. The keeper's house is now in use as a lighthouse museum. Eirik Mykland's photo is at right, the Lighthouse Association has a page for the light station, Trabas has posted a great closeup by Wöhrn, Geir Ole Søreng has a view from the sea, Wikimedia has numerous photos, and Google has a satellite view. A Google street view shows only the top of the lighthouse. Anke and Jens also have a photo of the hexagonal stone base of the third (1822) lighthouse, which is preserved nearby. For westbound ships the light also serves as the rear light of a range. This is one of Norway's best known and most historic lighthouses, marking the southernmost point of the Norwegian mainland and the entrance to the Skaggerak and the Baltic Sea from the North Sea. The first tower was in use only briefly in 1656. A more permanent lighthouse (one of a pair, Markøy being the twin) was built in 1725, and new towers were built in 1822 and in 1854. A preservation foundation was formed in 1992, and the station was opened to visitors soon thereafter. The station was staffed until 2003; after it was automated the site became a museum and a very popular tourist attraction. There is a visitor center, restaurant, and gift shop in addition to the historic buildings. Located at the end of a peninsula (the Naze) about 12 km (7.5 mi) southwest of Høllen. Accessible by paved road (highway 460); parking provided. Site open; museum and tower open daily May 1 through early October and during the Easter holiday; open Saturdays and Sundays the rest of the year. Site manager: Stiftelsen Lindesnes Fyrmuseum. ARLHS NOR-028; NF-0822; Admiralty B3058.1; NGA 1676.
Markøy
1725. Inactive since 1844. Only the hexagonal stone base survives of this historic lighthouse, the twin to the second Lindesnes Fyr. Harald Storaker has a 2007 closeup photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on an island in the mouth of the Grønsfjord, about 3.5 km (2 mi) west northwest of Lindesnes Fyr. The island is a bird sanctuary. Accessible only by boat. Site open. ARLHS NOR-164.
Lindesnes Fyr
Lindesnes Light, Lindesnes, February 2009
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Eirik Mykland

Lyngdal Lighthouses
Lypskjær
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 9.5 m (31 ft) lantern and gallery 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 entrance to the Grønsfjord, just west of the Lindesnes peninsula. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-0823; Admiralty B3060; NGA 1680.
Rævøysund
1913. Active; focal plane 6 m (20 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, occulting three times every 10 s. 6 m (20 ft) concrete post with lantern and gallery, painted white; lantern roof painted red. Another photo is available, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on the northwest point of Revøy about 800 m (1/2 mi) north of Korshavn. There is a bridge to the island, but the light appears to be accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-339; NF-0828; Admiralty B3063; NGA 1692.
Syrhovud
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 4 m (13 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, 2 s on, 2 s off. 5 m (17 ft) post with lantern and gallery. Lantern painted white with a red roof. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on a promontory on the west side of the Rosfjord, about 5 km (3 mi) southwest of Lyngdal. Site open, tower closed. NF-0833; Admiralty B3070; NGA 1712.

Farsund Lighthouses
Bremerodden
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 6 m (20 ft) lantern and gallery supported by piles. Lantern painted white with a red roof. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on the south coast of Langøy, about 6 km (3.5 mi) southeast for Farsund. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-0837; Admiralty B3076; NGA 1724.
Søndre Kattland (Søndre Katland, Søre Katland)
1878. Active; focal plane 19 m (62 ft); flash every 5 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 15 m (49 ft) square cylindrical masonry tower with lantern and gallery, rising from one corner of a 2-story masonry keeper's house. A distant photo is at right, a 2012 photo, another good photo and a view from the sea are available, Arthur Danielsen has posted a history of the station (in Norwegian), Trabas has posted a distant view by Wöhrn, and Google has a distant satellite view. Unoccupied since 1947, the lighthouse appears to be in need of restoration. A support group, Foreningen Søre Katland Fyr, has been formed; the group has leased the lighthouse and is working on restoration plans. Located on an island in the mouth of the Lyngdfjorden about 4.5 km (3 mi) southeast of Farsund. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. ARLHS NOR-240; NF-0841; Admiralty B3080; NGA 1736.
Sandøy
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 6 m (20 ft) lantern and gallery supported by piles. Lantern painted white with a red roof. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on the southeast coast of Sandøy, marking the westernmost entrance to Farsund. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-0843; Admiralty B3081; NGA 1740.
Listerrauna
1914. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); two flashes every 5 s, white or red depending on direction (white is shown to the south and red to the north). Approx. 7 m (23 ft) square pyramidal tower with lantern and gallery, painted white; lantern roof is red. H.H. Kobbe has a good view from the sea, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on an island about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) southeast of Vestbygda. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-335; NF-0859; Admiralty B3102; NGA 1776.
Søndre Katland Fyr
Søndre Katland Light, Farsund, April 2011
Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by Bjoertvedt
* Brekneholmen (Borhaug)
1894. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 5 m (17 ft) square pyramidal tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. Trabas has posted a distant photo by Wöhrn, Otto Reuber has posted a closeup, a 2010 photo is available, and Google has a satellite view and a very distant street view. Described in the light lists as a mole, Brekneholmen is actually a rocky ridge that provides a natural breakwater for the harbor of Vestbygda. Located at the south end of the island, just off Vestbygda. Accessible by a road over a causeway connecting the island to the town. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-327; NF-0860; Admiralty B3106; NGA 1780.
**** Lista (2)
1853 (station established 1836). Active; focal plane 39 m (128 ft); white flash every 4 s. 34 m (112 ft) round granite tower with lantern and gallery. The tower is unpainted dark gray stone; lantern painted white with a red roof. A 1-story fog signal house and 1-story garage and workshop flank the tower; also preserved are a 2-story keeper's house and several other original buildings. Stefano Sassu's photo is at right, the Lighthouse Association has a page for the light station, Trabas has posted a great photo by Wöhrn, Marjolein Vegers has a good 2008 photo, Marinas.com has aerial photos, Huelse has a historic postcard view, and Google has a closeup street view and a satellite view. This light station marks a prominent and dangerous cape on the south side of the entrance to the Listafjord; from a mariner's point of view this is the extreme southwestern tip of Norway. The original lighthouse was a granite tower of the same height with a slightly more conical profile. In 1853 the station was tripled; the current tower and an identical tower were built on either side of the 1836 tower. In 1874, the original tower was dismantled and the third tower was taken down for relocation to Halten, near Trondheim. In 2003 the station was automated and turned over to Vest-Agder County for renovation as a museum complex. Located at the end of the Fyrveien (highway 43) about 800 m (1/2 mi) west of Vestbygda; parking provided. Site open; museum and tower open daily over the Easter weekend and in June, July, and August. ARLHS NOR-240; NF-0865; Admiralty B3112; NGA 1792.
* Varnes (2)
1950 (station established 1836). Active; focal plane 30 m (98 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, 2 s on, 8 s off. 6 m (20 ft) square pyramidal tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. The modern tower stands beside ruins of the original light station. Roger Sandvik has a sunset photo, and a 2008 photo is available, but Google has a satellite view. This little light, a companion to the Lista Fyr, marks the south side of the entrance to the sheltered waters of the Listafjord. Located off highway 654 about 10 km (6 mi) north of Lista Fyr; accessible by a narrow and twisting road. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-269; NF-0873; Admiralty B3118; NGA 1812.

Kvinesdal Lighthouse
Fedafjord
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); two flashes every 10 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 7 m (23 ft) concrete post with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white with a narrow black horizontal band, lantern roof red. Carsten Wagner has a distant view (under the bridge), but the shadows of the cliff hide the light in Bing's satellite view. The Fedafjord is a deep, rather strait fjord flanked by spectacular cliffs; since 2006 the Fedafjord Bridge has carried the E39 highway across the gorge. Google has a street view taken from the bridge. Located on the south side of the fjord a short distance south of the bridge. Accessible only by boat; there's a view from the southbound side of the bridge. Site open but difficult to reach, tower closed. NF-0876; Admiralty B3122; NGA 1820.
Lista Fyr
Lista Light, Farsund, August 2007
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Stefano Sassu

Flekkefjord Lighthouses
Kokodden
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 6 m (20 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, occulting three times every 10 s. 5 m (17 ft) octagonal lantern mounted on a round stone base. Lantern painted white with a red roof. Andrei Akifev has a view from the fjord, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a promontory about 800 m (1/2 mi) southwest of Abelnes. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-0877; Admiralty B3124; NGA 1824.
Rossøy (Rosøy)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 46 m (151 ft); two flashes every 10 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 6.5 m (21 ft) square pyramidal tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. Nils Olaf Vågen has a distant view from the sea, a view from the land side is available (third from last photo on the page), and Bing has a satellite view. Located atop a small island west of Hidra, marking the entrance to the Hidrasund. Accessible only by boat. Site open but difficult to reach, tower closed. NF-0897; Admiralty B3138; NGA 1872.
Hidrasund (1) (?)
1894. Inactive since 2011. 4 m (13 ft) wood lantern attached to a small equipment closet. Lighthouse painted white with a red roof. No photo available. According to the Kystverket, there are only 3 or 4 wood lanterns of this type surviving in Norway. In September 2011, a helicopter was used to install a new LED post light (focal plane 18 m (59 ft); flash every 5 s, white, red or green depending on direction). The old lantern was scheduled to be relocated to the lighthouse museum at Lindesnes Light (see above). Located atop a cliff on the north side of the entrance to the Hidrasund. Site open, tower closed. NF-0894; Admiralty B3136; NGA 1868.

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Adjoining pages: East: Aust-Agder (Arendal Area) | West: Southern Rogaland (Eigersund Area)

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Posted May 15, 2006. Checked and revised April 7, 2014. Lighthouses: 42. Site copyright 2014 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.