Lighthouses of Norway: Sunnmøre (Ålesund Area)

One of the world's most maritime nations, Norway 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 southern part of Møre og Romsdal County in the central part of the west coast, including the port of Ålesund. This region is the traditional district called Sunnmøre.

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 light is 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 Møre og Romsdal.
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 an der norwegischen Küste
Photos posted by Bernd Claußen.
Leuchttürme in Norwegen
Photos posted by Andreas Köhler.
Lighthouses in Ålesund Area
Photos available from Wikimedia.
Norwegische Leuchttürme auf historischen Postkarten
Historic postcard images posted by Klaus Huelse.
Liste over Norske Fyr
From Wikipedia, a handy list of Norwegian light stations with their dates of establishment.
Norsk Fyrliste
The official Norwegian light list can be downloaded in six .pdf volumes.

Alnes Light
Alnes Light, Giske, June 2007
Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by Tolpost

Vanylven Lighthouses
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Sylte (Strand)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 5 m (17 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting three times every 10 s. 6 m (20 ft) octagonal lantern mounted on a square skeletal tower covered by wood siding. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. A 2008 photo is available, and Google has a good street view and a satellite view. Located on the north side of the Syltefjord about 4 km (2.5 mi) east of Vanylven on highway 61. Readily accessible from the highway, which follows the fjord. Site open, tower closed. NF-3018; Admiralty L0540; NGA 5628.
Åramsund (Bleka)
1897. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 6 m (20 ft) octagonal lantern and gallery mounted on a cylindrical stone beacon. Lantern painted white with a red roof; stone column painted black. Odd Selboskar has a photo, and a distant view is available (third row from the bottom), Google has a distant street view, and Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on a skerry off the ferry terminal at Åram; ferries link this point to Larnes, on the other side of the Åramsund, and to the island of Voksa. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. NF-3022; Admiralty L0542; NGA 5632.
* Syvdsfjorden
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10.5 m (34 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. Google has a street view and Bing has a distant satellite view. NGA misspells the name as Sovdefjorden. Located beside highway 652 on the east side of the Syvdsfjord, opposite Eidsa. Site open, tower closed. NF-3032; Admiralty L0552; NGA 5652.

Sande Lighthouses
Haugsholmen (Frekøy)
1876. Active; focal plane 20 m (66 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 10 s. 10 m (33 ft) cylindrical tower with lantern and gallery, attached to one corner of a 2-1/2 story keeper's house. Lighthouse painted red, house white. A closeup photo and a 2010 photo are available, the Lighthouse Association has a page with a historic photo, and Google has a satellite view. Automated in 1979. The house was reported to be abandoned and deteriorating. In 2007 it was purchased by Sande Kommune. A preservation society, Forening for Frekøy Fyrstasjon, has been formed to work for the restoration of the station. Located at the western tip of Frekøy, an island in the Vanylvsfjord about 10 km (6 mi) west of Larsnes. Accessible only by boat. Owner: Sande Kommune. Site status unknown. ARLHS NOR-111; NF-3010; Admiralty L0530; NGA 5608.
Agnskjæret
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10.5 m (34 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 3 s on 3 s off. 13 m (43 ft) lantern and gallery mounted on a tall tripod. A photo (first photo on the page) and a more distant view (a little over halfway down the page) are available, and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a shoal off the south side of Kvamsøya. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3009; Admiralty L0531; NGA 5604.
* Sandshamn
1915. Active; focal plane 5 m (17 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting three times every 12 s. 7 m (23 ft) concrete post with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is red. A 2009 photo is available, Geir Myrind has a distant view, and Google has a great street view and an indistinct satellite view. Located at the end of the north breakwater protecting the harbor of Sandshamn, on the east end of the island of Sandsøy, about 7 km (4.5 mi) northwest of Larsnes. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. NF-3090; Admiralty L0656; NGA 5756.
Svinøy
1905. Active; focal plane 46 m (151 ft); two white flashes every 30 s. 11 m (36 ft) octagonal stone tower with lantern and gallery, attached to the seaward end of a keeper's house. Lighthouse painted white with red trim, lantern red. Frode Pilskog's photo appears at right, another photo and a view from the sea are available, Wikipedia has an article on the station and a historic photo, and Bing has a satellite view of the station. The lighthouse was damaged by an Alled bombing raid in 1940, but was repaired after the war. The lighthouse, one of Norway's most difficult assignments for lightkeepers, was finally automated in 2005 on the 100th anniversary of its establishment. The keeper's quarters was formerly available for overnight statys by small groups, but in September 2012 the government restricted helicopter flights to the island to those required for lighthouse maintenance and repairs. Located on a small island in the Norwegian Sea about 20 km (13 mi) northwest of Larsnes. Accessible only by boat in heavy seas. Site and tower closed. ARLHS NOR-042; NF-3000; Admiralty L0650; NGA 5600.
Svinøy Fyr
Svinøy Light, Herøy, August 2009
Panoramio Creative Commons photo by Frode Pilskog
Saudeholmen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9.5 m (31 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 6 m (20 ft) square tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. A view from the fjord is available, and Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on a skerry in the Rovdefjord, off the south coast of Gurskøy about 3 km (2 mi) southeast of Larsnes. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3030; Admiralty L0548; NGA 5644.
Gjerdesvika Molo
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 8 m (26 ft) lantern on a platform supported by piles. Lantern painted white with a red roof. No closeup photo available; Google has a very distant street view and Bing has only a fuzzy satellite view. Located on the north mole at Gjerdesvika, a fishing port on the west coast of Gurskøy. May be accessible by walking the pier. Site status unknown. NF-3112; Admiralty L0668; NGA 5788.
Hidsneset
1902. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 2 s on, 2 s off. 6 m (20 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Lantern painted white with a red roof, tower unpainted. Jens Inge Ringstad has a photo, Google has a street view, and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a rocky point near the northwestern corner of Gurskøy, about 5 km (3 mi) southwest of Kvalsund. Site status unknown, but the light can be seen from the nearby coastal road. Site and tower closed. NF-3120; Admiralty L0670; NGA 5792.

Herøy Lighthouses
Steinsholmskjeret
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 7 m (23 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting three times every 10 s. Approx.6 m (20 ft) lantern on a platform supported by piles. Lantern painted white with a red roof. H. Jelstad has a photo, but Google has only a fuzzy satellite view. Neither NGA nor the Norwegian light list has an accurate description of this light. Located on a skerry off Steinholm on the north coast of Gurskøy. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3130; Admiralty L0684; NGA 5808.
Flåvær
1870. Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting three times every 10 s. 14 m (46 ft) square cylindrical wood tower with lantern and gallery, rising from the seaward gable of a 1-1/2 story wood keeper's house. Lighthouse painted white, lantern and gallery red. A photo is at right, Geir Ole Søreng has a photo, Bash has a photo, the Lighthouse Association has a page with a photo, and Bing has a satellite view of the station. Located on a small island about 2 km (1.2 mi) south of Kvalsund. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-085; NF-3125; Admiralty L0674; NGA 5800.
Kvaleklubben (Klubben)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 6 m (20 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 6 m (20 ft) tower: octagonal lantern and gallery mounted on four staightpiles. Lantern painted white with a red roof; piles painted black. Bash has a distant view, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a skerry in the Herøyfjord about 1200 m (3/4 mi) east of the Flåvær lighthouse. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3128; Admiralty L0676; NGA 5804.
Lille Hestholmflu
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 6 m (20 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 9 m (30 ft) lantern and gallery mounted on tripod piles. Lantern painted white with a red roof. No photo available, but Google has a distant satellite view. Located on a shoal in the Eiksundsleia sound, off the east coast of Gurskøy. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3182; Admiralty L0608; NGA 5892.

Flåvær Light, Herøy, April 2006
Wikimedia public domain photo by Janter
Kyrkjeholmen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9.5 m (31 ft); flash every 5 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 6 m (20 ft) concrete post with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof painted red. Bash has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a skerry off the western tip of Bergsøy, about 1.6 km (1 mi) south of Kvalsund. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3220; Admiralty L0748; NGA 5940.
* Gållanes
Date unknown. 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 wood tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof painted red. Svein Olav Hatlen has a photo, Köhler has a photo, and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located at the northeastern corner of Nerlandsøy, about 800 m (1/2 mi) north of Kvalsvik. This location should be accessible by a short walk. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-399; NF-3260; Admiralty L0730; NGA 6004.
* [Rundesund (Rundøysund, Sæviksten)]
1910. Active; focal plane 25 m (82 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting three times every 10 s. 3 m (10 ft) octagonal lantern, painted white with a red roof. Köhler has a photo, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located at the northern tip of the island of Remøya, beside the south end of the Rundebrua, the bridge from Remøya to Runde. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-412; NF-3262; Admiralty L0726; NGA 6012.
** Runde (Rundøy) (4)
1935 (station established 1767). Active; focal plane 50 m (164 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting, period not listed by NGA. 14 m (46 ft) 2-story square masonry tower with lantern and gallery. Building painted white, lantern red. 1st order Fresnel lens is in use. Chell Hill's photo is at right, Wikipedia has a view from the sea and an article in Norwegian, the Lighthouse Association has a page for the lighthouse, a 2008 closeup and another view from the sea are available, and Bing has a satellite view of the station. This is one of the best preserved lighthouse stations in Norway, with practically all of its original buildings intact. The original lighthouse was replaced in 1826. A cast iron tower was installed in 1858; the base of that tower remains and the rest of it was relocated to Sklinna lighthouse in Nord-Trondelag. Automated in 2002, the station now has overnight accommodations for groups of up to 20 hikers, in tours arranged by the Ålesund-Sunnmøre Tourist Association. The northernmost of the pictureseque islands in the Herøy municipality, Runde (Rundøy) is accessible from the mainland by a series of bridges. Located on the northwestern tip of the island, accessible by a hiking trail. Site open, tower open to guided tours. Site manager: Ålesund-Sunnmøre Turistforening. ARLHS NOR-050; NF-3270; Admiralty L0722; NGA 6024.
Runde Fyr
Runde Light, Herøy, June 2012
Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by Chell Hill
Langenes
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 4.5 m (15 ft) octagonal lantern on a square stone base. Lantern painted white with a red roof. A photo is available, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on a sharp promontory at the northeastern tip of Rundøy. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3274; Admiralty L0718; NGA 6032.
Torvikholmen
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 pyramidal stone tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof painted red. Bash has a photo, and Google has a very distant street view and an indistinct satellite view. Located on a skerry marking a reef in the channel east of Leinøy. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3154; Admiralty L0692; NGA 5848.

Ulstein Lighthouses
Teigesund
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 4 m (13 ft) lantern on a stone base. Lantern painted white with a red roof. No photo available, but Google has a distant satellite view. Located on the Dimnanes promontory on the west side of Dimnøya. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3152; Admiralty L0688; NGA 5840.
Søre Lyngneskråka
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 5 m (17 ft); green flash every 3 s. 6 m (20 ft) square skeletal tower, covered with siding, with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is red. Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a skerry marking the east side of the entrance to the harbor of Ulsteinvik, a town on the west side of the island of Hareidlandet. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3202.01.
[Grasøyane (Ulstein) (1)]
1886. Inactive since 1950. 1-1/2 story wood keeper's house; the lantern was mounted on or attached to the house. A photo is at right. The building was damaged during World War II, and after the war it was decided to move the light to a new cast iron tower.
Grasøyane (Ulstein) (2)
1950 (station established 1886). Active; focal plane 29 m (95 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 20 m (66 ft) round cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, painted red with one white horizontal band. A photo is at right, Geir Ole Søreng has a view from the sea, Anke and Jens have a distant photo, Bash has a distant view, and Google has a satellite view. This was the last cast iron tower built in Norway (and perhaps the last anywhere). The light station was automated on its 100th anniversary in 1986. Standing off the Hareidlandet peninsula, the light marks the beginning of the approaches to Ulstein to the south and Ålesund to the west. Located on a small island about 15 km (9 mi) northwest of Ulstein and 5 km (3 mi) off the northwestern coast of the Hareidlandet. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-103; NF-3276; Admiralty L0712; NGA 6036.
Flørauden
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); flash every 5 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 6 m (20 ft) tower: octagonal lantern and gallery mounted on four staightpiles. Lantern painted white with a red roof; piles painted black. Bash has a distant view, but the light is difficult to see in Bing's dark satellite view. Located on a small island on a reef about 4 km (2.5 mi) east of the Grasøyane lighthouse and 3 km (2 mi) northwest of Flø. NF-3215; Admiralty L0710; NGA 5936.
Grasøyane Light
Grasøyane Light Station, Ulstein, July 1993
Norwegian Culture Ministry photo by Danckert Monrad-Krohn

Sula Lighthouses
Kveitskjer
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 6 m (20 ft); flash every 5 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 8 m (26 ft) lantern mounted on a platform supported by four striaght piles. Lighthouse painted white, roof painted red, piles painted black. No photo available, but Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a skerry in the Hessefjord off the north coast of Sula, about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) south of Ålesund. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3310; Admiralty L0768; NGA 6088.
Svinholmen
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) lantern mounted on a concrete pier. Lantern painted white with a red roof. No photo available, but Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on the western end of Svinholmen, an island off the north coast of Sula. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3312; Admiralty L0770; NGA 6092.

Ålesund Lighthouses
Flisneset
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 6 m (20 ft) square skeletal tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof painted red. Arno Siering has a 2012 photo, and Kenneth Enstad has a photo, but the light is not conspicuous in Google's satellite view. Located on a point of land projecting into the Storfjord, about 3 km (2 mi) southeast of Vegsundet. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-103; NF-3057; Admiralty L0576; NGA 5696.
* Steinvåg
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 5.5 m (18 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 9 m (30 ft) lantern and gallery mounted on tripod piles. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. This light guides vessels entering the harbor on the south side of Ålesund. Located on a promontory at the west end of the harbor. Site open, tower closed. NF-3300; Admiralty L0765; NGA 6084.
* Ålesund Molja
1858. Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 8 m (26 ft) round cylindrical stone tower with lantern and gallery. Tower painted red; the lantern is white with a red roof. The sign on the tower, sakte fart, means "approach slowly." Bash's photo is at right, Köhler has a closeup, Wikipedia has a photo by Joachim Müllerchen, another photo is available, Huelse has a historic postcard view, the Norsk Folkemuseum has a 1922 photo, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located on the waterfront of Ålesund; accessible by walking the short pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-289; NF-3295; Admiralty L0761; NGA 6080.
Ålesund Molja Fyr
Ålesund Mole Light, Ålesund, October 2010
Flickr Creative Commons photo by C.W. Bash
Kalvøyskjæret
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) concrete post with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. No photo available, but Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on a skerry off the northeastern tip of Kalvøy, about 10 km (6 mi) east of Ålesund. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3349; Admiralty L0799; NGA 6068.

Skodje Lighthouses
Dyrøy
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 4.5 m (15 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 5 m (17 ft) lantern mounted on a stone base. No photo available, but Google has a distant satellite view. Located at the northwestern corner of Dyrøy, an island about 16 km (10 mi) east of Ålesund. Site status unknown. NF-3352; Admiralty L0799.6; NGA 6076.
Valleskjær
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 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, and Google has only an indistinct satellite view. Located on a skerry on the north side of the Storfjord near Valle. Site open, tower closed. NF-3063; Admiralty L0588; NGA 5712.

Giske Lighthouses
* Hogsteinen
1857. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 13 m (43 ft) round brick tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is red. Kjell Jøran Hansen's photo is at right, Martin Sercombe also has a photo, a sunset view is available, Anke and Jens have a good photo, and Google has a satellite view and a distant street view. The original lantern was replaced in 1905. This is one of the few brick lighthouses ever built in Norway, and it is protected under the Cultural Heritage Act. Built at the end of a stone mole, the light marks the southeastern point of the island of Godøya. The island is connected to Ålesund by a series of bridges and tunnels. Accessible by walking the mole. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-121; NF-3285; Admiralty L0756; NGA 6044.
**** Alnes (2)
1876 (station established 1852). Active; focal plane 36 m (118 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 26 m (75 ft) square shingle-covered wood tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a 1-1/2 story wood keeper's house. Lighthouse painted white with two red horizontal bands, gallery white with red trim, lantern red. A photo appears at the top of this page, Kjell Jøran Hansen also has an excellent closeup photo, Anke and Jens have a page with good photos, a fine 2007 photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Readily accessible from Ålesund, this unusual and historic tower is one of Norway's most visited lighthouses. Automated in 1982, it is now managed by Giske Kommune. The station is operated as a cultural center and historic museum, with an exhibition hall and a café. Located in the village of Alnes at the northwestern point of Godøya. Site open; cultural center and tower open daily June through August and on Sundays otherwise March through October. Owner/site manager: Giske Kommune. ARLHS NOR-299; NF-3387; Admiralty L0832; NGA 6192.
Hogsteinen Light
Hogsteinen Light, Giske, August 2011
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Kjell Jøran Hansen
* Valderhaug Molo
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); red light, 1 s on, 1 s off. 8 m (26 ft) lantern and gallery on four straight piles, mounted on a concrete pier. Lantern painted white with a red roof, piles painted black. Köhler has a closeup photo, another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view and a distant street view. Located just offshore at Valderhaug, on the island of Valderøy about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) northwest of Ålesund. Site open, tower closed. NF-3360.02.
* Synes (Syneset) (4)
1959 (station established 1870). Active; focal plane 19 m (62 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 painted white, lantern roof red. Köhler has a closeup photo, and another photo is available. Foundations of the second (1913) lighthouse are beside the tower and are visible in Google's distant satellite view. The Lighthouse Association's page has a historic photo. Located at the tip of a promontory at Synes, in the southwestern corner of the island of Vigra. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-239; NF-3400; Admiralty L0842; NGA 6208.
Erkna (2)
1950 (station established 1869). Active; focal plane 49 m (161 ft) and, for a second light, 44 m (144 ft); both lights show white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 10 s. This light displays no less than 18 sectors. 10 m (33 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower, attached to a 1-1/2 story keeper's house. Lighthouse painted white, lantern red. The Lighthouse Association has a page with two photos, Kenneth Enstad has a closeup, and Bing has a satellite view. The original lighthouse was destroyed in 1945. Erkna is an island about 5 km (3 mi) northwest of Alnes Fyr and 3 km (2 mi) west northwest of Synes Fyr. Located atop a bluff on the northwestern coast of the island. Accessible only by boat in heavy seas; there are distant views from Alnes Fyr and Synes Fyr. Site status unknown. ARLHS NOR-011; NF-3405; Admiralty L0852; NGA 6212.
* Blindheim
Date unknown (station established 1893). Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 8 m (26 ft) square skeletal tower, covered with white siding, with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof painted red. Andreas Köhler's photo is at right, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on the northwestern coast of the island of Vigra, about 3 km (2 mi) west of Roald. Accessible by road. NF-3410; Admiralty L0848; NGA 6216.
* Molnes
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. Approx. 6 m (20 ft) square pyramidal metal tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is red. A good photo is available, Köhler has a photo, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located at the northwestern tip of Vigra island about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) northwest of Roald. The island is accessible by ferry. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-409; NF-3411; Admiralty L0850; NGA 6220.
Rosholmen
1908 (station established 1881). Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); flash every 5 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 8 m (26 ft) conical iron tower with lantern. Tower painted red, lantern white. No photo available, and Google has only a vague satellite view of the reef. Located on a skerry about 2 km (1.2 mi) northwest of Vigra. Accessible only by boat in heavy seas; there is a distant view from Vigra. Site and tower closed. NF-3425; Admiralty L0856; NGA 6228.
Blindheim Fyr
Blindheim Light, Giske, June 2009
photo copyright Andreas Köhler; used by permission
Storholmen
1920. Active; focal plane 36 m (118 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting, period not listed by NGA. 22 m (72 ft) round cylindrical cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, mounted on a round cylindrical 2-story stone base. Lighthouse painted red, except the stone base is painted white. A 2010 closeup photo is available, Eirik Vaage has a view from the sea, the Lighthouse Association has a page with photos, and Google has a fuzzy and distant satellite view. Keepers were often stranded for long periods at this lighthouse; it was difficult to supply them even during the summer. Located on a tiny skerry in the Norwegian Sea about 6 km (3.5 mi) due north of Erkna and 8 km (5 mi) northwest of the populated island of Vigra. This remote lighthouse is only accessible safely by helicopter; there may be a distant view from Vigra. Site and tower closed. ARLHS NOR-231; NF-3420; Admiralty L0854; NGA 6224.

Haram Lighthouses
Håstein
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 4.5 m (15 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 6 m (20 ft) concrete post with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. No photo available, and the lighthouse is only a faint spot in Google's satellite view. Located on a reef off the southern end of Terøy. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3370; Admiralty L0814; NGA 6156.
Søre Kverna
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 6 m (20 ft); three flashes every 10 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is red. The active light has been moved to the top of the lantern. Bash has a photo, and Bing has a distant satellite view. The light marks a dangerous reef in the inland passage between Lepsøya and the mainland. Located about 800 m (1/2 mi) northwest of Åsegarden. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3374; Admiralty L0818; NGA 6168.
* Lepsøyrev (2)
1916 (station established 1879; lightship station established 1856). Active; focal plane 11 m (35 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 12 m (39 ft) octagonal cylindrical stone tower, painted white. There's a lantern on a "shelf" on the seaward side, as seen in Arno Siering's photo at right and in Anke and Jen's photo; the lantern roof is red. Bash has a photo, Wikipedia has a Norwegian article on the lighthouse, the Lighthouse Association has a page with a distant view, and Google has a distant satellite view and an indistinct satellite view. The lighthouse marks a dangerous reef; it replaced a lightship station established in 1856. The lighthouse was repaired after being damaged by Allied bombing in 1944. When Michael Boucher passed the lighthouse in September 2011, it was under restoration and covered by scaffolding: Arno Siering's June 2012 photo at right shows this work nearing completion. Located at the end of a mole on a small island off the southeastern tip of Lepsøya and a short distance west of Skjelten on the Haram peninsula. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-154; NF-3376; Admiralty L0820; NGA 6176.
Innholmen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 18 m (59 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 6 m (20 ft) square skeletal tower, covered with siding, with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern red. No photo available, and Google has only a very fuzzy satellite view. Located on a small island off the northwestern tip of Lepsøya. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3435; Admiralty L0860; NGA 6236.
Hellevik (Range Rear) (1)
1881. Inactive since 1988. Approx. 7 m (23 ft) square cylindrical wood tower with lantern and gallery, attached to the seaward end of a 1-1/2 story keeper's house. Lighthouse painted white, lantern red. Google has a distant satellite view. The lighthouse was the rear light of a range from sometime in the early 1900s until 1988. The Lighthouse Association has a page with a historic photo. Located at Hellevik on the north side of the island of Lepsøya. Site and tower closed (private residence). ARLHS NOR-114.
Lepsøyrev Fyr
Lepsøyrevet Light, Haram, June 2012
photo copyright Arno Siering; used by permission
Hellevik (2) (former Range Front)
1988 (station establishment date unknown). Active; focal plane 13 m (43 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 red. Located about 400 m (1/4 mi) west of the historic lighthouse. Site and tower closed (private residence). NF-3441; Admiralty L0864; NGA 6240.
Ulla (2)
1950 (station established 1874). Active; focal plane 22 m (72 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 10 s. 10 m (34 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, painted white; lantern roof painted red. Two 1-1/2 story keeper's houses, boathouses, and other station buildings preserved. A photo is at right, Agnete Syrtveit has a 2009 photo, Anke and Jens have a page with an excellent photo, the Lighthouse Association has a page with a photo, and Kai Krog Halse has a 1993 photo, but Google has only a distant satellite view of the station. The lighthouse was severely damaged by an Allied bombing raid in 1944 and was rebuilt after the war. The new version of the lighthouse stands on the site of the former keeper's house. Automated since 1975, the station is now maintained by the Ullafyrets Venner (Friends of Ulla Lighthouse). Overnight accommodations for groups up to 22 are available. Located on Kværnholmen, a small island just off the northwest end of the larger island of Haramsøya, which is accessible by ferry. The lighthouse is accessible only by boat, but there are distant views from the village of Ulla on Haramsøya. Site open, tower status unknown. Owner: Kystverket. Site manager: Ullafyrets Venner. ARLHS NOR-259; NF-3450; Admiralty L0872; NGA 6260.
Naustskjæret
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 5 m (17 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting three times every 10 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. Google has a street view and a distant satellite view. Located on a shoal under the bridge, which connects Haramsøya and Flemsøya. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3449; Admiralty L0870; NGA 6256.
Kjeholmen
1916. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); flash every 5 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 6 m (20 ft) square skeletal tower, covered with white siding, with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern red. Google has a distant street view and a satellite view. Located on an islet off the north side of Flemsøya. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3455; Admiralty L0876; NGA 6264.
Fjørtoftneset
1916. Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 2 s on, 8 s off. 17 m (56 ft) square skeletal tower, upper portion covered with white siding, with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. Google has a distant satellite view. Located on the western tip of Fjørtofta. Site open, tower closed. NF-3456; Admiralty L0880; NGA 6268.
Ulla Fyr
Ulla Light, Haram, May 2011
Flickr photo copyright Kenneth Enstad; used by permission
Haugnes (2)
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 by white siding, with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. Arno Siering has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. A 2003 photo of the original lighthouse is also available. Located on a promontory of the mainland opposite Haramsøya. Site status unknown (the light appears to be on a farm). NF-3380; Admiralty L0824; NGA 6180.
Raudholmane (Rødholmen) (2)
1954 (station established 1893). Active; focal plane 14.5 m (48 ft); flash every 5 s, white, red or green, depending on direction. 11.5 m (38 ft) concrete post with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern red. No photo available, but Google has an indistinct satellite view. The Lighthouse Association has a page with a photo of the original lighthouse, a keeper's house with lantern. These buildings were demolished when the light was automated in 1954. Located on a skerry southeast of Skuløya and about 5 km (3 mi) north of Brattvåg. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3382; Admiralty L0826; NGA 6184.
Boltholmen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 5.5 m (18 ft) square skeletal tower, covered with white siding, with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern red. No photo available, but Google has a distant satellite view. Located on an island in the Samsfjord at the entrance to Brattvåg. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3585; Admiralty L0940; NGA 6428.
Bårsnes
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 6 m (20 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 6 m (20 ft) square skeletal tower, covered with white siding, with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern red. No photo available, but Google has a distant satellite view. Located on a promontory on the east side of the Tomrefjord. Site status unknown. NF-3630; Admiralty L0962; NGA 6484.

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Posted June 19, 2006. Checked and revised July 3, 2014. Lighthouses: 54. Site copyright 2014 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.