Lighthouses of Norway: Nordfjord

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 Nordfjord 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. The Nordfjord district is centered on the fjord of the same name, which extends 106 km (66 mi) into the mountains.

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

In Norway a lighthouse is simply called a fyr (fire). A smaller tower is often called a lykt (light). 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
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.
Online List of Lights - Norway
Photos by various photographers posted by Alexander Trabas. Many of the photos for this area are by Michael Boucher or Arno Siering.
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.
Fyrlykter rundt Kalvåg og Frøya
Photos and historical notes on the lights of the Kalvåg area, posted by Egil Totland.
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.

Kråkenes Fyr
Kråkenes Light, Vågsøy, July 2007
Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by Chell Hill

Bremanger Lighthouses
Sør Botnen (Botnane)
1897. 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 mounted on a round rubblestone base. Lantern painted white with a red roof. Trabas has Siering's photo, the lantern is barely visible in a distant view of this spectacular location (zoom in for a better view), and Google has a street view and a distant satellite view. Located on a point of land marking the south side of the entrance to the Frøysjøen sound, about 8 km (5 mi) north northwest of Florø. Site open, tower closed. NF-2675; Admiralty L0356; NGA 5276.
* Smørhavn (2) (Fiskholmen)
1936 (?) (station established 1871). Active; focal plane 26 m (86 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 7 m (23 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, Trabas has Siering's photo, and Bing has a satellite view. Foundation ruins near the tower are the remains of the former keeper's house; the Lighthouse Association has a historic photo. Located on a skerry off the southwestern point of the large island of Bremangerlandet, marking the north side of the entrance to the Frøysjøen sound. Accessible by road from Bremanger. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-217; NF-2693; Admiralty L0386; NGA 5308.
* Kalvåg
1904. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 4 m (13 ft) octagonal lantern mounted on a concrete pad. Lantern painted white with a red roof. A good photo (first photo on the page) is available, Totland has a photo, and Google has a street view and a distant satellite view. This light guides ships approaching Kalvåg from the mainland. Located on the southeast side of the island of Frøya, about 500 m (0.3 mi) east of the Kalvåg waterfront. Site open, tower closed. NF-2698; Admiralty L0378.2; NGA 5320.
Sparkeltaren (2)
2008 (station established 1931). Active; focal plane 6 m (20 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 11 m (36 ft) lantern supported by tripod piles. Trabas has Siering's photo, two photos (second and third photos on the page) are available, Totland has a photo, and Google has a distant satellite view. Located in the Oldersund about 700 m (0.4 mi) off the Kalvåg waterfront. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2700; Admiralty L0384; NGA 5324.
Fiskholmen Fyr
Smørhavn (Fiskholmen) Light, Bremanger
Kalvåg Tourist Development Center photo (no longer online)
* [Sparkeltaren (1) (lantern)]
1931. Inactive (?). Octagonal lantern, painted white with a red roof. The lantern has been relocated to the north end of the Amtskaia wharf in Kalvåg harbor. An aerial photo is available, Google has a street view and a distant satellite view. Site open, tower closed.
Olaskjær
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10.5 m (34 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 2 s on, 2 s off. 10 m (33 ft) lantern mounted on a platform supported by four piles. Lantern is white with a red roof, piles painted black. Trabas has Siering's photo (also seen at right), and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a reef in the middle of the entrance to the Frøysjøen. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2665; Admiralty L0354; NGA 5272.
* Nesje (4?)
2005 (station established 1894). Active; focal plane 24 m (79 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 7.5 m (25 ft) round fiberglass tower with a round lantern and gallery. Lighthouse is white; lantern roof is red. A distant view is available, Totland has small photos of the present light and the former skeletal tower, and Google has a distant satellite view. Located on the northernmost point of Frøya, about 4 km (2.5 mi) northwest of Kalvåg. Site open, tower closed. NF-2715; Admiralty L0400; NGA 5348.
Oldesteinen (3)
1949 (station established 1931). Active; focal plane 5.5 m (18 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 2 s on, 2 s off. 12 m (39 ft) lantern and gallery mounted on tripod piles. Lantern painted white with red roof, piles painted black. Svein Audun Thoresen has a nice view of the light, Totland has a photo, and the light is barely visible in Google's distant satellite view. Located off the east side of Frøya, marking the northern entrance to the Oldersund. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2710; Admiralty L0398; NGA 5344.

Olaskjær Light, Bremanger, July 2012
photo copyright Arno Siering; used by permission
Iglandsvika (Iglandsvik)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 5.5 m (18 ft); white, red or green light, occulting twice every 8 s. 11 m (36 ft) lantern mounted on a platform supported by tripod piles. Lantern painted white with a red roof, piles painted black. Lightphotos.net has a closeup photo, a small aerial photo of the port (bottom of the page) shows the light, and Google has a distant satellite view and a very distant street view. Located just off the end of the pier at Iglandsvik, a small port on the west side of Bremangerlandet. Accessible only by boat, but easy to see from shore. Site open, tower closed. NF-2720; Admiralty L0410; NGA 5368.
Øksneset
1936. Active; focal plane 87.5 m (287 ft); two flashes every 10 s, white, red or green, depending on direction. 4 m (13 ft) lantern on a concrete base. Lantern painted white with a red roof. Jan Erik Westergaard has a closeup 1988 photo, and Google has a distant satellite view. Located on a steep promontory on the west side of the island of Bremangerlandet. Site status unknown. NF-2740; Admiralty L0414; NGA 5384.
Skaten
1912. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 7 m (23 ft) lantern mounted on tripod piles. Lantern painted white with a red roof, piles painted black. Lightphotos.net has Arno Siering's photo, Trabas has the same photo, and Google has a very distant street view and an indistinct satellite view. Located on the south side of the Skatestraumen, the channel separating the islands of Bremangerlandet and Rugsundsøy, about 5 km (3 mi) southeast of Vågsøy; the Skatestraumen Tunnel passes almost directly under the light. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2774; Admiralty L0430; NGA 5416.
Ospenes
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 5.5 m (18 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 2 s on, 2 s off. 4 m (13 ft) lantern on a stone base. Trabas has Siering's photo, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on the north side of the entrance to the 3-branched fjord known as Gulen. Site status unknown (probably on private property). NF-2680; Admiralty L0360; NGA 5288.

Gloppen Lighthouse
* Anden
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 5 m (16 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 6 m (20 ft) octagonal lantern and gallery mounted on four piles. Lantern painted white with a red roof, piles painted black. Trabas has Boucher's photo, Andrzej Ostrowski has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the west side of the entrance to the Gloppefjord from the Nordfjord, near the terminal for the ferry carrying the E39 highway across the Nordfjord at Lote. Site open, tower closed. NF-2804; Admiralty L0462; NGA 5468.

Skaten Light, Bremanger, July 2012
Lightphotos.net photo copyright Arno Siering; used by permission

Stryn Lighthouse
* Rakenes
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 5.5 m (18 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 6 m (20 ft) square skeletal tower, covered with white siding, with octagonal lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is red. Trabas has Boucher's photo, Google has a street view, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on the north side of the Innvikfjord, a branch of the upper Nordfjord. Accessible from highway 60 about 13 km (8 mi) southeast of Stryn. Site open, tower closed. NF-2806; Admiralty L0466; NGA 5472.

Eid Lighthouses
* Reksnes
1915. Active; focal plane 5 m (17 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 5 m (17 ft) concrete post with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof painted red. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on a promontory on the north side of the Nordfjord at Reksnes, about 40 km (25 mi) west of Vågsøy. Site open, tower closed. NF-2794; Admiralty L0448; NGA 5448.

Vågsøy Lighthouses
Gangsøy
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 5 m (17 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 6.5 m (21 ft) lantern mounted on a platform supported by four piles. Lantern painted white with a red roof, piles painted black. Trabas has Arno Siering's photo (also seen at right), and Bing has a satellite view. Located on the northeastern point of Gangsøy, an island in the Skatestraumen passage between Bremangerlandet and Vågsøy. NF-2778; Admiralty L0424; NGA 5424.
* Hendanes
1914. Active; focal plane 48 m (157 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. Approx. 6 m (20 ft) octagonal cylindrical wood tower with lantern and gallery, adjacent to a wood keeper's house. Tower painted white, lantern red. The Anke/Jens site also has a page for this lighthouse, the Lighthouse Association also has a page, a 2010 closeup is available, Wikimedia has a distant view, and Google has a deeply shadowed satellite view. Located on a promontory at the entrance to the Kvalheimsvika, about 3 km (2 mi) northwest of Vågsvåg on the island of Vågsøy. Accessible by a walk of about 800 m (1/2 mi) from the end of the road off highway 601 north of Vågsvåg. Site open, and it there is access to the gallery by an external ladder. ARLHS NOR-116; NF-2840; Admiralty L0472; NGA 5496.
#Nord-Vågsøy
Date unknown. Inactive since 2014 and apparently removed. This was a 6 m (20 ft) square tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. No photo available, and the light is not seen in Google's satellite view. Formerly located high on a cliff on the northwest coast of Vågsøy. Site status unknown; it would not be easy to reach this location. ex-NF-2845; ex-Admiralty L0506; ex-NGA 5572.
* Kråkenes (2)
1950 (station established 1906). Active; focal plane 45 m (148 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 10 m (33 ft) lantern and gallery on the seaward side of a 2-1/2 story wood keeper's house. Lighthouse painted white; the lantern (at least the roof) is painted red. Chell Hill's photo is at the top of this page, the Lighthouse Association has a page for the lighthouse, Anke and Jens have a page with excellent photos, Axel Hydre has a good photo, S.M. Tunli has a view from above the lighthouse, Ragnar Myre has a portfolio of photos, Trabas has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. The original lighthouse was destroyed by fire following a Allied air raid in 1945. Automated in 1994, the current lighthouse now houses a restaurant and has rooms available for overnight accommodations. Located at the northwestern point of the island of Vagsøy, on a spectacular knifelike promontory. Accessible by road. Site open, lighthouse open to paying guests. Site manager: Kråkenes Fyr . ARLHS NOR-141; NF-2905; Admiralty L0504; NGA 5556.
Gangsøy Light
Gangsøy Light, Vågsøy, July 2012
Flickr photo copyright Arno Siering; used by permission
Skongenes
1870. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 10 m (33 ft) square wood tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern and gallery red. 1-1/2 story wood keeper's house and other light station buildings preserved. A.J. Hooijer's photo is below right, Trabas has Ronald Wöhrn's photo, Ragnar Myre has posted additional photos, Anke and Jens have a panoramic view, Bash has a distant view, the Lighthouse Association has a page for the lighthouse, and Google has a satellite view. The keeper's house is available for overnight accommodations. Ytre Nordfjord Turlag provides transportation and offers guided tours to this light station, but there doesn't appear to be road access. Located on the northern tip of the island of Vagsøy. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-209; NF-2900; Admiralty L0508; NGA 5552.
* Silda Hamn
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 5 m (17 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 2 s on, 2 s off. 6 m (20 ft) lantern mounted on four straightpiles. Lantern painted white with a red roof, piles painted black. The light is near the center in a photo of the harbor, and Google has a satellite view. Silda is a small island in the sound called the Sildegapet, northeast of the island of Vågsøy. A small village on the island is accessible by ferry from Vågsøy. Located at the end of the north breakwater of Silda. Accessible by walking the mole. Site open, tower closed. NF-2910; Admiralty L0510; NGA 5560.
Ulven
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7.5 m (25 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 9 m (30 ft) lantern and gallery supported by tripod piles. Lantern painted white with a red roof, piles painted black. Trabas has Boucher's photo, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located in the Ulvesund, the protected passage east of Vågsøy, halfway between Maløy and Raudeberg. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2880; Admiralty L0494; NGA 5528.
Skongenes Fyr
Skongenes Light, Vågsøy, July 2010
Panoramio photo copyright A.J. Hooijer; permission requested
* Ulvesund (Hjertneset Range Front) (2)
1985 (station established 1870). Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting three times every 10 s. 10 m (33 ft) slender round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is red. Trabas has Boucher's photo, another photo is available, Anke and Jens also have a photo, Lightphotos.net has a photo, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located on the east side of the entrance to Ulvesund, about 8 km (5 mi) north of Vågsøy. Accessible by road. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-260; NF-2890; Admiralty L0498; NGA 5540.
*** Ulvesund (1)
1870. Inactive since 1985. Lantern attached to the front of a 1-1/2 story keeper's house. Lighthouse painted white with a red vertical stripe on the lantern and another on the end of the house. According to Anke and Jens, who visited in 2006, the lighthouse is now a café, and another light station building is available for overnight stays. Michael Boucher's photo is at right, the Lighthouse Association has a page for the lighthouse, Lightphotos.net has a closeup photo, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located on the east side of the entrance to Ulvesund, about 8 km (5 mi) north of Vågsøy. Accessible by road. Site open, café open daily mid June to mid August, tower closed. Owner/site manager: Ulvesund Fyr .
* [Ulvesund Range Rear]
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 39 m (128 ft); red light, occulting, period not known. Hexagonal lantern; the front face is painted red and the rest white. Lightphotos.net has a closeup photo, Trabas has Boucher's photo, and Anke and Jens have two excellent photos. Located 90 m (100 yd) uphill behind the Ulvesund lighthouse. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-403; NF-2891; Admiralty L0498.1; NGA 5544.
Ulvesund Fyr
Ulvesund (Hjertneset) Light, Vågsøy, September 2011
contributed photo copyright Michael Boucher; used by permission
Skavøypollen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 5.5 m (18 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting three times every 10 s. 4 m (13 ft) lantern and snow shield. Lighthouse is white, lantern roof red. The light can be seen in an aerial photo (click on the fourth thumbnail), and Bing has a satellite view. Located near the Steinvik campground, about 5 km (3 mi) southeast of Måløy on the south coast of Vågsøy. Site status unknown. NF-2855; Admiralty L0482; NGA 5500.

Selje Lighthouses
Saltnes
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 7.5 m (25 ft) square skeletal tower, covered with siding, with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. Bing has a satellite view. Located on the south side of the entrance to the Moldefjord, opposite the town of Selje. Probably accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-2913; Admiralty L0514; NGA 5564.
Buholmen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 31 m (101 ft); flash every 5 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 10 m (33 ft) concrete post with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. Trabas has Boucher's photo, Thomas Witt has a photo, a closeup version is also available, Bash has a distant photo, Herman Jelstad has a view from the sea, and Google has a distant satellite view. Buholmen is a prominent cape at the end of a long peninsula about 20 km (13 mi) northwest of Selje, at the extreme northwest corner of Sogn og Fjordane. Located on a skerry off the tip of the cape. Practically inaccessible in heavy seas, but there's a good view from the tip of the cape, which is apparently accessible by hiking trail. Site and tower closed. NF-2940; Admiralty L0520; NGA 5576.
Honningsvåg
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 16.5 m (54 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 6 m (20 ft) square skeletal tower, covered with siding, with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. Trabas has Siering's photo, another photo is available, and Google has a distant satellite view. Located on the north side of the entrance to a protected cove about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) south of Buholmen. Site status unknown. NF-2950; Admiralty L0526; NGA 5584.

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Posted June 19, 2006. Checked and revised May 21, 2017. Lighthouses: 27. Site copyright 2017 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.