Lighthouses of Norway: Sognefjord 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. 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 Sognefjord district (Sogn) in the western county of Sogn og Fjordane. Located north of Bergen and south of Trondheim, Sogn og Fjordane has no large population centers. It is a county of steep mountains and deep fjords, with some of the most spectacular scenery Norway has to offer. For non-Norwegians, its most memorable feature is probably the Sognefjord, Norway's longest fjord, which winds for 205 km (127 mi) through the southern part of the county.

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). A smaller tower is often called a lykt (light). 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 volumes B and L of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 115.

Utvær Fyr
Utvær Light, Solund, 2011
Solund Kommune photo by Tor Arne Hauge

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 Sogn og Fjordane.
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.
Lighthouses in Sogn og Fjordane
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.
Norsk Fyrliste
The official Norwegian light list can be downloaded in six .pdf volumes.
Western Gulen Lighthouses
Note: The western portion of Gulen municipality includes an archipelago of islands lying between the Fensfjord and the Sognefjord.
Grytenes
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7.5 m (25 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 5 m (17 ft) lantern and gallery on a stone base. Lantern painted white with a red roof. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on a promontory of the west side of Sandøy, marking the entrance to the Ånnelandssund. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2145; Admiralty B4280; NGA 4404.
Sogneuksen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 23 m (75 ft); two flashes every 10 s, white, red or green depending on direction (this light has 16 distinct sectors). 5.5 m (18 ft) square skeletal tower, covered with siding, with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is red. Bash has a photo, the light is at the end of the rainbow in Michael Friedchen's photo, and Bing has a satellite view. This modest light marks the south side of the entrance to the Sognefjord from the Norwegian Sea. NGA misspells its name as Sogneoksen. Located at the west end of the island of Sogneuksen. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2095; Admiralty L0031; NGA 4328.
Vassøyna (2)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 2 s on, 2 s off. 5 m (17 ft) round cylindrical fiberglass tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse colored white, lantern roof red. Sergey Ashmarin has a photo, and Google has a distant satellite view. Sibling of the Nordnes Light (photo below). Located on the southwestern tip of Vassøyna. This light replaced a skeletal tower still listed (as "Store Vatsoy") by NGA. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2160; Admiralty L0034; NGA 4440.
* Rososen Storholmen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 1 s on, 1 s off. 6 m (20 ft) square skeletal tower, covered with siding, with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is red. Behind the lighthouse is a round stone beacon, painted black with one white horizontal band, which presumably served this site before the lighthouse was built. Sergey Ashmarin's photo is at right, a closeup photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Ashmarin's identification of the lighthouse as Eivindvik Stavsneset is in error. Located on an island off the south side of Hiserøy, about 5 km (3 mi) west of Eivindvik. Site open, tower closed. NF-2167; Admiralty L0040; NGA 4452.
Rososen Storholmen Fyr
Rososen Storholmen Light, Gulen, June 2008
Panoramio Creative Commons photo by Sergey Ashmarin
Folefoten
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 2 s on, 2 s off. 4 m (13 ft) lantern on a stone base. Lantern painted white with a red roof. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on the southeastern point of Hiserøy. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2175; Admiralty L0042; NGA 4460.

Northern Gulen (Sognefjord South Side) Lighthouses
Røytingkalven
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); flash every 5 s, white, red or green, depending on direction. 6 m (20 ft) lantern and gallery on a square pedestal. Lantern painted white with a red roof, pedestal black. Bash has a photo, Arno Siering also has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. This light guides vessels approaching the Sognefjord from the south on the inside waterway. Located on the island of Ringtøykalven, on the east side of the waterway. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2079; Admiralty B4238; NGA 4284.
Rutletangen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 2 s on, 2 s off. 6 m (20 ft) square skeletal tower, covered with siding, with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is red. Michael Boucher's photo is at right, and Bing has a very distant satellite view. The light marks a sharp bend in the course of the Sognefjord. Located at the northeast point of Fjærøy, about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) northwest of the Rutledal ferry terminal. Accessible only by boat, but there's a good view from ferries crossing the Sognefjord between Rutledal and Losna. Site open, tower closed. NF-2194; Admiralty L0054; NGA 4488.
Ortneset
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 6 m (20 ft) square skeletal tower, covered with corrugated metal panels, with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is red. Helge Løtveit has a photo, and Google has a distant satellite view. Located on a headland on the west side of the entrance to the Risnefjord from the Sognfjord. Site status unknown. NF-2208; Admiralty L0082; NGA 4528.
#Massneset (1)
Date unknown. Station active; focal plane 7.5 m (25 ft); green flash every 3 s. Formerly a 5 m (17 ft) square skeletal tower, covered with corrugated metal panels, with lantern and gallery. The lighthouse was painted white, lantern roof red. Max Zubakha has a 2008 photo, and Bing has a satellite view of the headland. When Michael Boucher visited in September 2011, he found that this lighthouse had been replaced by a small beacon. Located on a promontory on the south side of the fjord opposite Aven. Site status unknown. NF-2212; Admiralty L0086; NGA 4532.
Rutletangen Fyr
Rutletangen Light, Gulen, September 2011
contributed photo copyright Michael Boucher; used by permission

Vik Lighthouse
* Arnafjord
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 1 s on, 1 s off. Approx. 6 m (20 ft) square skeletal tower, covered with corrugated metal panels, with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is red. A closeup photo is available, also a second photo, and Google has a street view, but Google's distant satellite view does not show the tower. Located on the south side of the Sognefjord, marking the east side of the entrance to the Arnafjord, about 8 km (5 mi) west of Vikøyri. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-445; NF-2218; Admiralty L0100; NGA 4516.

Aurland Lighthouse
* Fretheim (Aurlandsfjord)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 6 m (20 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 6 m (20 ft) concrete post light with a round lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is red. Google has a street view but only a very distant satellite view of this area. Located just off the E16 highway near the head of the Aurlandsfjord in Fretheim, about 5 km (3 mi) southwest of Aurlandsvangen. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-446; NF-2242; Admiralty L0130; NGA 4584.

Årdal Lighthouse
Resnestangen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10.5 m (35 ft); flash every 3 s, white, red or green, depending on direction. 9 m (30 ft) square tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is red. The light is barely visible in a view across the fjord, and Google has only a very distant satellite view of this area. Located at a right-angle bend in the Årdalsfjord, a southern branch of the Sognefjord, about 7 km (4.5 mi) southeast of Årdalstangen. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2248; Admiralty L0134; NGA 4596.

Sogndal Lighthouse
Nordnes (2)
2007 (station established before 1920). Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting but the period is not specified. 4 m (13 ft) round fiberglass lantern, white with a red roof. A photo is at right, and Google has a distant street view across the fjord and a very distant satellite view of the location. According to the Kystverket, this was the first of a new model, easy-to-maintain design, installed in a few hours. Located on the north side of a side branch of the Sognefjord at Nordnes. Site status unknown. NF-2227; Admiralty L0114; NGA 4556.
Nordnes Fyr
Nordnes Light, Sogndal, July 2007
Kystverket photo

Luster Lighthouse
Nes
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 5 m (16 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting in groups of two. 5 m (17 ft) square skeletal tower, covered with corrugated metal siding, with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is red. A nice photo of the lighthouse and the surrounding scenery is available., and Google has a very distant satellite view of the location. Located at a fork of the Lustrafjord, a northeastern branch of the Sognefjord, about 5 km (3 mi) east of Gaupne. The site is close to highway 55, but access appears to be through private property. Site and tower closed. NF-2254; Admiralty L0146; NGA 4608.

Lærdal Lighthouse
Fodnes (Fotnes)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft) ; white, red or green light, depending on direction, 2 s on, 2 s off. 7 m (33 ft) square skeletal tower, covered with corrugated metal siding, with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is red. A 2007 photo is available, and Google has a very distant satellite view. Located on the tip of a promontory marking the junction of the Sognefjord and Lerdalsfjord at Fotnes. Site status unknown, but there's a good view from the ferry carrying highway 5 across the Sognefjord. NF-2244; Admiralty L0138; NGA 4588.

Leikanger Lighthouse
* Nokkanes
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) square tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. Jeff Wardeska's photo is at right, and Google has a distant street view but only a very distant satellite view of the location. Located on a headland on the north side of the Sognefjord in Leikanger. Accessible by road. Site open, tower closed. NF-2225; Admiralty L0112; NGA 4552.
Leikanger Fyr
Nokkanes Light, Leikanger, August 2008
Flickr photo copyright Jeff Wardeska; used by permission

Balestrand Lighthouses
* Veganes
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 2 s on, 2 s off. 5 m (17 ft) square skeletal tower, covered with corrugated metal siding, with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is red. Ron Knight has a photo, and a closeup photo is available, and Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on a promontory near the northern terminal of the ferry carrying highway 13 across the Sognefjord, about 2 km (1.2 mi) northeast of Balestrand. Site open, tower closed. NF-2221; Admiralty L0104; NGA 4544.
Sæleneset
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12m (39 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 12 m (39 ft) square skeletal tower, upper portion enclosed by siding, with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. Michael Boucher's photo is at right, another good closeup and a third good photo are available, but Google's distant satellite view does not show the lighthouse. Located on the north side of the Sognefjord about 15 km (9 mi) southwest of Balestrand. The site may be difficult to reach, but it appears the lighthouse can be spotted from highway 55 along the fjord. Site status unknown. NF-2220; Admiralty L0096; NGA 4520.

Høyanger Lighthouse
Høyanger
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 2 s on, 2 s off. 6.5 m (21 ft) square tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. No photo available, but Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located at the base of very steep promontory on the east side of the entrance to the Høyangerfjord. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2216; Admiralty L0092; NGA 4536.

Eastern Hyllestad Lighthouses
Bøfjord
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 4.5 m (15 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 6 m (20 ft) round fiberglass lantern mounted on a concrete base. Lantern painted white with a red roof. Google has a street view and a distant satellite view. Located just off highway 607 on the east side of the Bøfjord, and inlet on the north side of the lower Sognefjord. Site and tower closed, but the light can be seen from the road. NF-2201; Admiralty L0072; NGA 4504.
Sæleneset Fyr
Sæleneset Light, Balestrand, September 2011
contributed photo copyright Michael Boucher; used by permission

Solund Oceanside Lighthouses
Kværeknapp
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 32 m (105 ft); one long flash every 10 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 6 m (20 ft) square skeletal tower, upper portion enclosed by siding, with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located atop a very steep bluff at the southern tip of Ytre Sula, marking the north side of the entrance to the Sognefjord from the Norwegian Sea. Site status unknown. NF-2285; Admiralty L0014; NGA 4672.
Søre Nåsa
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 20.5 m (67 ft); flash every 5 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 8.5 m (28 ft) lantern 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 small island off the southwestern side of Ytre Sula. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2276; Admiralty L0012; NGA 4652.
Gurinakken
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 6.5 m (21 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. No photo available, and Google has only a fuzzy satellite view of the area. This light marks a channel through the islands south of Utvær. Located on a skerry about 6 km (3.5 mi) southeast of Utvær. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2266; Admiralty L0006; NGA 4628.
Lilleholmen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9.5 m (31 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 7.5 m (25 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 small island on the east side of the Utvær group. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2280; Admiralty L0007; NGA 4632.
** Utvær
1900. Active; focal plane 45 m (148 ft); white flash every 30 s. 31 m (101 ft) round cast iron tower with lantern and gallery. Entire lighthouse painted red. Several keeper's houses and other light station buildings. Tor Arne Hauge's photo is at at the top of this page, Tom Erling Bahus has a photo, a 2010 photo is available, Torstein Mongstad has a distant view, and Google has a very distant satellite view. This is Norway's westernmost lighthouse, and thus it marks the line of transition between the North Sea to the southwest and the Norwegian Sea to the northwest. The light station was heavily damaged in an air raid in 1945. Many of the buildings were burned, but the historic tower was spared. Solund Kommune manages the light station, which is staffed in the summer by volunteer keepers. Located on a small, rocky island about 6.5 km (4 mi) due west of Ytre Sula. Accessible only by boat, but guided tours are available. Site open, tower open to guided tours. ARLHS NOR-264; NF-2264; Admiralty L0004; NGA 4620.
Øisundet (Øyasundet)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); flash every 5 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 12 m (39 ft) lantern and gallery mounted on four straight piles. Lantern painted white, lantern roof red; piles painted black. A photo is available, and Bing has a satellite view. This light faces the Norwegian Sea on a small island just north of Ytre Sula. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2282; Admiralty L0160; NGA 4664.
Kråkestein
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 28 m (92 ft); flash every 5 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 7.5 m (25 ft) square skeletal tower, upper portion enclosed by siding, with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. No photo available, but Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on an island at the edge of the Norwegian Sea, on the southwest of the Lågøyfjord. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2338; Admiralty L0168; NGA 4748.
Lyngøy
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12.5 m (41 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 4 m (13 ft) octagonal lantern mounted on a concrete base. Lantern painted white with a red roof. Arno Siering has a photo, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on a skerry about 4 km (2.5 mi) east northeast of the Kråkestein light. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2340; Admiralty L0170; NGA 4756.
Ospøytåa
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); flash every 5 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 10 m (33 ft) square skeletal tower, upper portion enclosed by siding, with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. Arno Siering's photo is at right, and Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on an island off the northwestern tip of Ospa, marking the entrance to the Lågøyfjord. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2345; Admiralty L0171; NGA 4760.
Ospøy
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); white, red or green light, occulting twice every 8 s. 4 m (13 ft) octagonal lantern mounted on a concrete base. Lantern painted white with a red roof. Herman Jelstad has a photo, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on the southeastern tip of Ospa, guidng vessels through a narrow passage known as the Skomakaren. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2356; Admiralty L0174; NGA 4780.
Ospøytåa Light
Ospøytåa Light, Solund, July 2012
Panoramio photo copyright Arno Siering; used by permission

Notskjæret
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 5.5 m (18 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 5.5 m (18 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 off the east coast of Færøy. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2360; Admiralty L0177; NGA 4772.

Solund Inside Lighthouses
Fængskjær
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 5.5 m (18 ft); white, red or green light, occulting twice every 8 s. Octagonal lantern, painted white with a red roof, mounted on four straight piles. Bash has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a skerry marking a very narrow passage of the inside waterway east of Ytre Sula. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2290; Admiralty L0019; NGA 4696.
Olderkalven
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 5 m (33 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 2 s on, 2 s off. Octagonal lantern, painted white with a red roof, mounted on four straight piles. Lantern painted white with a red roof. Bash has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a skerry off the east side of the island of Olderkalven, about 5 km (3 mi) northeast of the northern point of Ytre Sula. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2330; Admiralty L0167; NGA 4740.
Klauva
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 6 m (20 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 1 s on, 1 s off. 5.5 m (18 ft) lantern on a stone base. Lantern painted white with a red roof. A distant view is available, and Bing has a distant satellite view. NGA misspells the name as Klaua. Located on the southwestern tip of Losna. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2365; Admiralty L0060; NGA 4788.
Fængskjær Fyr
Fængskjær Light, October 2010
Flickr Creative Commons photo by C.W. Bash

Western Hyllestad Lighthouses
Smilden (Smilla)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 2 s on, 2 s off. 6 m (20 ft) square tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. No photo available, but Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on a mainland promontory on the north side of the Åfjord (Hyllestadfjord), about 10 km (6 mi) northwest of Hyllestad. Site status unknown (probably on private property). NF-2382; Admiralty L0194; NGA 4812.
Sakrisskjær
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7.5 m (25 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. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. No photo available, but Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on a skerry on the north side of the entrance to the Åfjord. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2386; Admiralty L0192; NGA 4824.

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Posted June 19, 2006. Checked and revised June 21, 2014. Lighthouses: 36. Site copyright 2014 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.