Lighthouses of Norway: Romsdal (Molde 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 central of Møre og Romsdal County in the central part of the west coast, including the port of Kristiansund. This region comprises the traditional district of Romsdal. Molde is the largest of the many small ports 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 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 volumes B and L of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 115.

General Sources
Norsk Fyrhistorisk Forening - Møre og Romsdal
Photos and information from the Norwegian Lighthouse Association.
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 Kristiansund 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.

Flatflesa Light
Flatflesa Light, Sandøy, September 2007
Panoramio Creative Commons photo by Eirik Vaage

Sandøy Lighthouses
Brunklegg
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting three times every 12 s. 6 m (20 ft) lantern and gallery mounted on a stone cairn. Lantern painted white with a red roof. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on a skerry about 3 km (2 mi) northwest of Fjørtofta and 5 km (3 mi) southwest of Harøy. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3461; Admiralty L0882; NGA 6284.
Oksenøyflesa
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 2 s on, 2 s off. 8 m (26 ft) lantern mounted on a platform supported by four piles. Lantern painted white with a red roof. No photo available, but Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a skerry off the southwestern tip of Oksenøy, and island southwest of Harøy. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3462; Admiralty L0883; NGA 6288.
* Marøy
1915. Active; focal plane 28 m (92 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 7 m (23 ft) square skeletal tower, covered with white siding, with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof painted red. No photo available, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on Marøy, a small island just off Morsund, at the western point of Harøy. Site open, tower closed. NF-3470; Admiralty L0884; NGA 6292.
Skipsholmen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15.5 m (51 ft); two flashes every 10 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 11.5 m (38 ft) lantern mounted on a platform supported by four piles. Lantern painted white with a red roof. No photo available, but Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a skerry about 5 km (3 mi) northwest of Harøy. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3475; Admiralty L0886; NGA 6296.
Steinshamn
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting three times every 10 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post light with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is red. The light can be seen in an aerial photo of the harbor and in aerial photos from Marinas.com, and Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on an island at the entrance to the harbor of Steinshamn, at the northern end of Harøy. The island is accessible from the bridge joining Harøy to Finnøy. Site status unknown, probably open; tower closed. NF-3480; Admiralty L0887; NGA 6300.
Kvaløyklubben
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); flash every 5 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 7 m (23 ft) square tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is red. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on a small island about 1.2 km (3/4 mi) north of Finnøy. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3485; Admiralty L0890; NGA 6304.
Gåsøy
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) lantern mounted on a platform supported by four piles. Lantern painted white with a red roof. No photo available, but Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a skerry off the western tip of Gasøy, marking the channel between that island and Finnøy. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3490; Admiralty L0892; NGA 6308.
Slantreskjæret (Sandøy)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 8.5 m (28 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting three times every 12 s. 6.5 m (21 ft) square tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is red. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on a skerry in the entrance to the harbor of Sandøy. Accessible only by boat; there must be good views from ferries arriving in Sandøy. Site open, tower closed. NF-3497; Admiralty L0898; NGA 6316.
Flatflesa (2)
1988 (station established 1902). Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting three times every 10 s. Approx. 11 m (36 ft) round cylindrical fiberglass tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white with two narrow black horizontal bands; lantern roof is red. 1-1/2 story wood keeper's house, boathouse, and other light station buildings. Eirik Vaage's photo is at the top of this page, Geir Ole Søreng has a nice view of the lighthouse, Romsdal Havrafting has posted several photos, the Lighthouse Association has a page with a photo, and another photo is available, but Google has only a very distant satellite view of the area. Accommodations are available in the keeper's house. Located on a small island about 4 km (2.5 mi) west of the island of Gossa. Accessible only by boat; there should be a view from ferries between Gossa and Harøy. Site open, tower closed. Site manager: Flatflesa Fyr. ARLHS NOR-082; NF-3525; Admiralty L0910; NGA 6340.
Rugskjæret
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 9 m (30 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 about 1.2 km (3/4 mi) south of Husøy. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3531; Admiralty L0913; NGA 6352.
* Husøy
1895. Active; focal plane 28 m (92 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting in groups of two. 7 m (23 ft) square tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. Oddgeir Hvidsten's closeup photo is at right, Sandøy Kommune has a distant view (second photo on the page), and Bing has a satellite view. Located on a hill about 1 km (0.6 mi) southwest of Ona. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-024; NF-3540; Admiralty L0916; NGA 6360.
Husøy Light
Husøy Light, Sandøy, July 2008
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Oddgeir Hvidsten
* Ona
1867. Active; focal plane 40 m (131 ft); continuous white light with a red flash every 30 s. 7 m (23 ft) round cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, painted red. The original rotating Fresnel lens remains in use. The keeper's houses are private residences. The station also has a fog light (bifyr), a 3 m (10 ft) square tower with lantern, painted white with a red lantern roof. Kjell Jøran Hansen's closeup photo is at right, Wikimedia has several photos, Bjørn Fransgjerde has a 2008 photo and a view from the harbor, and Bing has a distant satellite view of the station. Scarcely changed in 140 years, this little lighthouse crowns a hill in the center of a remote fishing village, accessible by passenger ferry from Gossa. Located on the island of Husøy about 20 km (13 mi) north of Haram. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS NOR-037; NF-3535; Admiralty L0914; NGA 6356.
Tvinitia
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12.5 m (41 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 6.5 m (21 ft) square stone tower with lantern and gallery. Tower painted black, lantern white with a red roof. Odd Fremstedal has an aerial view, and Bing has a satellite view. NGA describes this as the rear light of a range, but the front light has been dropped from the Norsk Fyrliste. Located on a skerry off the northern tip of Ona. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3536; Admiralty L0915.1; NGA 6368.

Midsund Lighthouse
Drønesundvågen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7.5 m (25 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 6.5 m (21 ft) concrete post with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. No photo available, but Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a promontory on the southwest side of Midøya. Site status unknown. NF-3588; Admiralty L0942.4; NGA 6436.

Rauma Lighthouse
Herjeskjæret
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); two flashes every 10 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 7 m (23 ft) lantern mounted on a stone cairn. Lantern painted white with a red roof. No photo available, but Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on a skerry in the entrance to the Langfjord, off Åfarnes. Accessible only by boat, but there's a view from ferries crossing the fjord between Åfarnes and Sølsnes. Site open, tower closed. NF-3653; Admiralty L0978; NGA 6508.

Ona Light, Sandøy, April 2005
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Kjell Jøran Hansen

Molde Lighthouses
Hjertøytangen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7.5 m (25 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting three times every 10 s. 10.5 m (34 ft) concrete post light with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. Arno Siering has a photo, a more distant photo is available, and Google has a distant satellite view. A familiar sight to passengers on ferries between Vestnes and Molde, this light marks the beginning of the approach to Molde. Located off the west end of Hjertøya, about 4 km (2.5 mi) southwest of Molde. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3597; Admiralty L0950; NGA 6456.
Årø
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 11 m (36 ft) airport control tower; the light is shown from a tripod mast on the roof. The building is seen at the edge of the fjord in an aerial photo (click on the photo for a better view), and Google has a satellite view. Molde's airport stretches alongside the Romsdalfjord. Located on the north side of the fjord about 3 km (1.8 mi) east of Molde harbor. Site and tower closed. NF-3620; Admiralty L0956; NGA 6476.
* Molde (1)
Date unknown. Inactive. 7 m (23 ft) square wood tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. Michel Moré has a closeup photo, Bash has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the foot of the Reknes mole on the Molde waterfront. Site open, tower closed.
* Molde (2)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9.5 m (31 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 7.5 m (25 ft) concrete post light with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. Bash's photo is at right, Wikimedia has a photo by Joachim Müllerchen, Manual Carnota has a photo, Patrick Cornello has a closeup, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the west end of the Reknes Mole in Molde harbor. Accessible by walking the mole. Site open, tower closed. NF-3599; Admiralty L0952; NGA 6459.
* Molde (Fuglset) Vestmolja
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); two red lights, one above the other, 1 s off, 1 s on. 6 m (20 ft) lantern and gallery mounted on a concrete post. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is red. A distant view is available, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on the west mole of the ferry terminal at Molde, on the north side of the Moldefjord. Site open, tower closed. NF-3603.02; Admiralty L0955; NGA 6474.
Molde Fyr
Molde Light, Molde, October 2010
Flickr Creative Commons photo by C.W. Bash

Aukra Lighthouses
Midtfjordskjæra
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); flash every 5 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 7 m (23 ft) concrete post with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. No photo available, and Google has only a fuzzy satellite view of the skerry. Located on a skerry in the center of the Grunnefjord, halfway between Gossa and Otrøy. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3510; Admiralty L0907; NGA 6328.
Kvitskjær
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7.5 m (25 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 6 m (20 ft) concrete post with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. No photo available, and Google has only a fuzzy satellite view of the skerry. Located on a skerry about 3 km (2 mi) southwest of Småge. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3522; Admiralty L0907.8; NGA 6344.
Søre Orholmskjæret (Sondre Orholmskjaer)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7.5 m (25 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 6 m (20 ft) lantern mounted 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 skerry. Located on a skerry about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) northwest of Gossa. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3555; Admiralty L0922; NGA 6384.

Fræna Lighthouses
* Bjørnsund (1)
1871. Inactive. House painted white, lantern red. 9 m (30 ft) square cylindrical wood tower with gallery, attached to one end of a 1-story wood keeper's house. A photo is at right, Frank ove Vold has a photo, Geir Ole Søreng has a view from the sea, and Bing has a satellite view of the station. Located on Moøya, a small island about 4 km (2.5 mi) north of Gossa and the same distance west of Bud. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown.
* Bjørnsund (2)
Date unknown (station established 1871). Active; focal plane 26 m (85 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. Lantern attached to one corner of a 1-1/2 story keeper's house. Located next to the original lighthouse. Site status unknown. ARLHS NOR-057; NF-3550; Admiralty L0918; NGA 6372.
Harøyodden (Indre Harøy)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 19 m (62 ft); flash every 5 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 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 the southwestern tip of Indre Harøy, about 4 km (2.5 mi) southeast of Bud. Site status unknown. NF-3568; Admiralty L0929; NGA 6400.
Storesundet
1915. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 10 s. 8 m (26 ft) lantern and gallery mounted on four straight piles. Lantern painted white with a red roof, piles painted black. A distant view is available, and Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on a rocky island on the north side of the west entrance to the harbor of Bud. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3561; Admiralty L0926; NGA 6392.
Bjørnsund Fyr
1871 Bjørnsund Light, Fræna
Riksantikvaren (Cultural Heritage Ministry) photo
Romsdalsholmen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) lantern mounted on a platform supported by piles. Lantern painted white with a red roof, piles painted black. No photo available, and the skerry is only a blurred spot in Bing's satellite view. Located on a tiny skerry about 5 km (3 mi) northeast of Bud. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3680; Admiralty L0991; NGA 6524.
Vikan
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); flash every 5 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 11.5 m (37 ft) concrete post with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof painted red. No photo available, but Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on a skerry off the coast of Fræna near Vikan. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3682; Admiralty L0992; NGA 6528.
* Askvåg (Askvågen, Haugeneset)
1913. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 7 m (23 ft) square skeletal tower, covered with wood siding, with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof painted red. A photo is available (second photo in second row), but Google has only a very distant satellite view. Located on the ocean shore about 13 km (8 mi) northeast of Bud. Site open, tower closed. NF-3691; Admiralty L0997; NGA 6552.
Fuglen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13.5 m (44 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 14.5 m (47 ft) lantern mounted on six slender piles. A much older stone cairn is next to the modern light. Arno Siering's photo is at right, but Bing has only a fuzzy satellite view of the skerry. This important light seems to be missing from the NGA List. Located on an isolated and dangerous reef about 8 km (5 mi) off the north coast of Fræna. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3701; Admiralty L1001.
Kusundet (Kusund)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) lantern mounted on a platform supported by tripod piles. Lantern painted white with a red roof. No photo available, and Google has only a fuzzy satellite view of the location. Located off the east end of the island of Store Moldvaren, guiding vessels into a protected sound. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. NF-3697; Admiralty L1000; NGA 6568.
Fuglen Light
Fuglen Light, Fræna, June 2012
Panoramio photo copyright Arno Siering; used by permission

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Posted June 19, 2006. Checked and revised June 27, 2012. Lighthouses: 32. Site copyright 2012 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.