Lighthouses of Norway: Sunnfjord (Florø 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 Sunnfjord district 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. Sunnfjord surrounds two major fjords, the Dalsfjord and the Førdefjord. Florø, with a population of about 8500, is the largest coastal town in the region.

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 volume L 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 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.
Leuchttürme in Norwegen
Photos posted by Andreas Köhler.
Lighthouses in Sogn og Fjordane
Photos by various photographers 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.

Geita Fyr
Geita Light, Askvoll, March 2011
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Michael Clarke

Fjaler Lighthouses
Skifjorden
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 4 m (13 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 4 m (13 ft) octagonal lantern, painted white with a red roof, mounted on tripod piles. A photo is available, but Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on the south side of the entrance to the Skifjord, a narrow passage about 4 km (2.5 mi) southeast of Korssund. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2389; Admiralty L0196; NGA 4828.
Dalsøya
Date unknown. 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 tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. No photo available, but Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on the north side of Dalsøya and the south side of the Dalsfjord, about 3 km (2 mi) west of Dale i Sunnfjord, the administrative center of Fjaler Kommune. Accessible only by boat; there should be a good view from ferries between Dale and Eiknes. Site status unknown. NF-2444; Admiralty L0236; NGA 4924.
Halnes
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 6 m (20 ft) square tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. No photo available, but Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a promontory on the south side of the upper Dalsfjord, about 10 km (6 mi) east of Dale. Site status unknown. NF-2445; Admiralty L0238; NGA 4928.

Askvoll Lighthouses
Geita
1897. Active; focal plane 43 m (141 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. Iron lantern with a tall "dunce-cap" roof, attached by a covered passageway to a 1-1/2 story wood keeper's house. Michael Clarke's photo is at the top of this page, the Lighthouse Association has a page for the station, Anke and Jens have a distant view, a 2009 view is available, an English-language history of the lighthouse is available, and Bing has a satellite view. Automated in 1982, the lighthouse has been transferred to the Nordisk Kunstnarsenter (Nordic Artists Center) in Dale. The building is available for vacation rental during the summer and is leased to artists at other times. Located on an island in the Aspefjord about 8 km (5 mi) west of Korssund. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Site manager: Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dale. ARLHS NOR-093; NF-2396; Admiralty L0220; NGA 4836.
* [Austnes]
1917. Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 1 s on, 1 s off. 3 m (10 ft) octagonal lantern, painted white with a red roof, mounted on a concrete pad. Bash has a photo, and Bing has a satellite view. Located at the eastern tip of Værlandet, an island about 20 km (13 mi) west southwest of Askvoll. The island is accessible by passenger ferry from Askvoll, and the light is accessible by a hiking trail. Site open, tower closed. NF-2400; Admiralty L0214; NGA 4848.
Sandøy
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 26 m (85 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting three times every 10 s. 6 m (20 ft) square skeletal tower, covered with white siding, with octagonal lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is red. Gerard Kuster has a closeup, and another closeup photo and a wider view are available, but Google has only a very distant satellite view of the island. Located on a small island about 4 km (2.5 mi) west of Værlandet. Accessible only by boat, although there is a small settlement on the island. Site open, tower closed. NF-2420; Admiralty L0202; NGA 4896.
Raudøy (2)
2011 (station established 1891). Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); white, red or green light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 8 m (26 ft) round cylindrical white fiberglass tower with lantern and gallery. Lantern roof is red. A photo and a second photo are available, and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. The Lighthouse Association has a historic photo of the original lighthouse; foundation ruins of the station are visible. Located on a small island off the south coast of Atløy on the approach to Askvoll. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2430; Admiralty L0228; NGA 4904.
Tussen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 2 s on, 2 s off. 13 m (43 ft) concrete post with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is red. Arno Siering's photo is at right, another photo and a distant view are available, and Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on a skerry about 3 km (2 mi) northwest of the island of Atløy. Accessible only by boat in heavy seas. Site and tower closed. NF-2455; Admiralty L0268; NGA 4944.
Hindøysund
Date unknown (station established 1900). Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 11 m (36 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 the west side of a narrow passage off the northwest coast of Atløy. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2457; Admiralty L0264; NGA 4948.
Tussen Light
Tussen Light, Askvoll, July 2012
Panoramio photo copyright Arno Siering; used by permission
Raudøy Vestpynt
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11.5 m (38 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 1 s on, 1 s off. 13 m (43 ft) square tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. No photo available, but Google has a distant satellite view. Not to be confused with the historic Raudøy light station (see above), this light stands on the west end of another Raudøy, off the north coast of Atløy. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2462; Admiralty L0256; NGA 4956.
Stavenes
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7.5 m (25 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 4 m (14 ft) lantern mounted on a concrete base. Lantern painted white with a red roof. No photo available, but Google has a distant street view and a satellite view. Located on the tip of a promontory on the south side of the approach to the Førdefjord. Site status unknown. NF-2464; Admiralty L0252; NGA 4968.
Flokenes (Flokeneset)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9 m (29 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 2 s on, 2 s off. 6 m (20 ft) square skeletal tower, covered with white siding, with octagonal lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is red. A photo is at right, a second photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on an islet just off Flokenes, the cape on the south side of the entrance to the Førdefjord. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2485; Admiralty L0278; NGA 5052.

Førde Lighthouse
Ulltangneset (Ulltangnes)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 4.5 m (15 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 4 m (13 ft) lantern mounted on a stone base. Lantern painted white with a red roof. No photo available, but Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located on the south side of the Førdefjord at the tip of a promontory marking a sharp bend in the fjord, about 5 km (3 mi) northwest of Førde. Site status unknown. NF-2492; Admiralty L0288; NGA 5068.
Flokenes Light
Flokenes Light, Askvoll, June 2010
Panoramio photo copyright clabum; used by permission

Flora Lighthouses
Stavangsund
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 6.5 m (21 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 10 m (33 ft) lantern mounted on a platform supported by piles. Lantern painted white with a red roof. No photo available, but Google has a distant satellite view. Located on a skerry in the entrance to the Olsund, which separates Stavøya from the mainland. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2480; Admiralty L0290; NGA 5004.
Helgøy
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 6 m (20 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 5 m (17 ft) concrete post with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse is white, lantern roof red. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on Helgøy, marking the narrow entrance to the Eikefjord, about 15 km (9 mi) east of Florø. Site status unknown. NF-2650; Admiralty L0327; NGA 5136.
Trefotskjær
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9.5 m (31 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) lantern and gallery supported by tripod piles. Lantern painted white with a red roof, piles painted black. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on a skerry on north side of the Stavfjord, about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) southeast of Askrova. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2470; Admiralty L0272; NGA 4996.
Sandøy
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting three times every 10 s. 6 m (20 ft) square skeletal tower, covered with white siding, with octagonal lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is red. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on Sandøy, a small island on the south side of the larger island of Kinn, about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) east southeast of the Ytterøyane lighthouse. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2519; Admiralty L0304; NGA 5080.
Askrova (Askroven)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 5 m (17 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 6 s. 6 m (20 ft) lantern and gallery on four straight piles. Lantern painted white with a red roof. Bash has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a reef off the eastern tip of the island of Askrova, about 10 km (6 mi) south of Florø. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2472; Admiralty L0274; NGA 5000.
Kvannskjeret (Kvanskjær)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13.5 m (44 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 2 s on, 2 s off. 7 m (23 ft) square skeletal tower, covered with white siding, with octagonal lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is red. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on a small island off the west coast of Askrova. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2474; Admiralty L0271; NGA 4976.
Ytterøyane
1881. Active; focal plane 56 m (184 ft); three white flashes every 60 s. 31 m (101 ft) round cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, mounted on a 2-story octagonal masonry base. The original 1st order Fresnel lens is in use. The cast iron tower is painted red with one white horizontal band; the base is painted white. 2-1/2 story masonry keeper's house and other light station buildings preserved. A Kystverket photo is at right, the Lighthouse Association has a page for the lighthouse, Huelse has a historic postcard view, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on an isolated island in the Norwegian Sea about 20 km (13 mi) west of Florø. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-283; NF-2515; Admiralty L0298; NGA 5072.
Ternehaug
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 22 m (72 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 6 m (20 ft) square skeletal tower, covered with white siding, with octagonal lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is red. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on a skerry about 1 km (0.6 mi) northeast of Ytterøyane. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2517; Admiralty L0300; NGA 5076.
* Kinnesund
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 5.5 m (18 ft) square tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on a promontory on the east side of Kinn. Accessible from a nearby road. Site open, tower closed. NF-2521; Admiralty L0306; NGA 5088.
Ytterøyane Fyr
Ytterøyane Light, Flora, 2005
Kystverket photo
Æsøysundet
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9 m (54 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 6 m (33 ft) lantern mounted on a square platform supported by piles. Lantern painted white with a red roof, piles painted black. Google has a distant street view, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on a skerry off the southwestern tip of Skorpa and on the north side of the Skorpefjord, the passage leading to Florø. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2528; Admiralty L0308; NGA 5100.
Teisthalsen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 2 s on 2 s off. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse is white, lantern roof red. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located at the northwestern tip of Nordre Teisthalsen, an island off the northwest side of Skorpa. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2600; Admiralty L0335; NGA 5224.
Vassøy
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 6.5 m (21 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 1 s on 1 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 satellite view. Located on a skerry off the southern tip of Vassøy, an island north of Skorpa. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2576; Admiralty L0340; NGA 5246.
Ånøyskjær
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 4.5 m (15 ft) square tower 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 southern coast of Indre Ånnøy and on the north side of the Skorpefjord, a short distance west of the Stabben lighthouse. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2533; Admiralty L0317; NGA 5112.
Stabben
1867 (renovated and upgraded in 1905). Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting three times every 10 s. 16 m (52 ft) square cylindrical masonry tower with lantern and gallery, rising from the seaward end of a 2-1/2 story masonry keeper's house. The 4th order Fresnel lens installed in 1905 remains in use. Lighthouse painted white, lantern and gallery red. Seawalls resembling the prow of a ship divert waves from this lighthouse, as can be seen in Cosmin Cosma's photo and Jan Standal's photo. Harry Wahlvåg's photo is at right, the Lighthouse Association has a page for the lighthouse, Geir Ole Søreng has a good photo, Bash has a photo, Wikimedia has several photos, and Google has a satellite view. Wikimedia has a 2006 photo showing a small lantern on pilings next to the lighthouse; this must have been a temporary light because the lantern is not seen in more recent photos. Automated in 1975, the lighthouse is leased as a vacation residence. Located in the Norddalsfjord about 3 km (2 mi) west of the Florø waterfront. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. Site manager: Sogn og Fjordane Fylkeskommune. ARLHS NOR-221; NF -2566; Admiralty L0318; NGA 5164.
Grasskjær
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) lantern and gallery 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 about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) northwest of Florø. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2570; Admiralty L0320; NGA 5172.

Stabben Light, Florø, April 2007
Panoramio Creative Commons photo by Harry Wahlvåg
Florø
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 5 m (17 ft) (?); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 10 m (33 ft) lantern and gallery on tripod piles. Lantern painted white with a red roof. Bash has a photo, Harry Wahlvåg has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located in the Rotaflu, a channel on the north side of Florø, marking the town's modern harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2572; Admiralty L0323; NGA 5176.
Årebrotneset
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); red flash every 3 s. 4 m (13 ft) octagonal lantern, painted white with a red roof. No photo available, and the lantern is not seen in Google's satellite view. Located on a promontory on the north side of the Norddalsfjord opposite Florø. Site open, tower closed. NF-2622; Admiralty L0329.8; NGA 5192.
Drågjaskjærflu
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 5.5 m (18 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting three times every 10 s. 10 m (33 ft) lantern and gallery mounted on tripod piles. Lighthouse is white, lantern roof red. Arno Siering has a photo, and Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on a shoal north of Nordre Nærøya, marking the inside passage northward from Florø. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2589; Admiralty L0332; NGA 5216.
Ysteviknes
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 19 m (62 ft); flash every 5 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 9 m (30 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower, upper portion enclosed by white siding, with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. Arve Allertson has a distant photo, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on the southwest side of Batalden, an island southwest of Hovden. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2615; Admiralty L0346; NGA 5252.
Dombeskjær (Dombeskjærene)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 1 s on, 1 s off. 11.5 m (38 ft) lantern mounted on a platform supported by piles. Lantern is white with a red roof. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on a reef off the southwest coast of Hovden. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2659; Admiralty L0349; NGA 5260.
* Kvanhovden (Kvannhovden)
1895. Active; focal plane 40 m (131 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 10 m (33 ft) wood tower with lantern and gallery attached to the seaward end of a 1-1/2 story wood keeper's house. An assistant keeper's house, built in 1949, was sold and moved to Florø in 1969. The Culture Ministry's photo is at right; a page for the lighthouse has a distant view, and Google has a satellite view. Lighthouse painted white, lantern red. Located at the northwestern point of the island of Hovden, about 15 km (9 mi) northwest of Florø. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-143; NF-2660; Admiralty L0350; NGA 5268.

Kvanhovden Light, Flora
Norwegian Culture Ministry photo

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Posted June 19, 2006. Checked and revised June 26, 2014. Lighthouses: 33. Site copyright 2014 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.