Lighthouses of Sweden: Uddevalla Area (Central Bohuslän)

Bohuslän is the coastal region (and a former province) at the westernmost edge of Sweden, including the coast between Göteborg and the Norwegian border. The region is included now in the county of Västra Götaland. Roughly 150 km (90 mi) long, the coastline of Bohuslän faces west on the Skagerrak, the broad channel that separates Norway and Sweden from Denmark. It is a rocky coastline with countless small islands and skerries creating hazardous conditions for sailors. It's not surprising that it requires a great many small lights, most of them located offshore. This page covers the lighthouses of the central part of Bohuslän, including the municipalities of Tjörn, Stenungsund, Uddevalla, Orust, and Lysekil.

The Swedish word for a lighthouse is fyr. The front light of a range is the nedrefyr (lower light) and the rear light is the övrefyr (upper light). Aids to navigation in Sweden are maintained by the Swedish Maritime Administration (Sjöfartsverket). The Swedish Lighthouse Society (Svenska Fyrsällskapet) works for the preservation of the lighthouses.

I'm indebted to Michel Forand for providing excellent information for this page, including information from one of the books in his collection: Viktoria Ask and Maria Sidén, Fyrguide från Kattholmen till Smygehuk (2000).

ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. SV numbers are from the Sjöfarsverket light list as reported by the Swedish Lighthouse Society. Admiralty numbers are from volume C of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 116.

General Sources
Swedish Lighthouse Society (Svenska Fyrsällskapet, SFA)
The Society has a large web site, and some of the information is available in English as well as Swedish. An interactive map links to pdf pages (in Swedish).for each of the lighthouses, and there is a list of photos available.
Online List of Lights - Sweden
Photos of navigational aids posted by Alex Trabas.
Leuchttürme an der Schwedischen Westküste
An interactive map leads to pages for some of the lighthouses.
Lighthouses in Sweden
Photos available from Wikimedia.
Lighthouses in Sweden
Aerial photos posted by Marinas.com.
Schwedische Leuchttürme auf historischen Postkarten
Historic postcard views posted by Klaus Huelse.

Måseskärs Fyr
Måseskär Light, Orust, August 2010
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Eric Sjostedt

Tjörn Municipality Lighthouses

Tjörn Area Lighthouses
Eggskär
1904. Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); two flashes every 6 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 8 m (26 ft) round stone tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. Gordon Pettersson's photo is at right, SFA has a photo by E. Hillberg, Trabas also has a photo, Håkan Larson has a distant view, and Google has a satellite view. Three of the photos also show an older stone beacon, painted white with one black horizontal band. Daybeacons of this kind are very common in Sweden. Located on a skerry about 1.2 km (3/4 mi) west of Klädesholmen. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS SWE-121; SV-8120; Admiralty C0486; NGA 0664.
Norra Kyrkesund Övre
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); white light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 4 m (13 ft) square wood building. The light was formerly shown through a square window but is now mounted just above the window. Building painted white. Trabas has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. The range guides vessels southward into the harbor of Kyrkesund. Located on a bluff on the north side of Kyrkesund. Site status unknown. Admiralty C0474.1; NGA 0636.
Räbbehuvud
1933. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); two flashes every 6 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Upper 2/3 of the lighthouse painted white, lower 1/3 black. Bengt Wallin has a photo, Gordon Pettersson has a photo, Trabas has a distant view, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the northern tip of an island about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) west of Ångeviken. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty C0464; NGA 0616.

Stenungsund Municipality Lighthouses

Galterön
1915. Active; focal plane 5 m (17 ft); two flashes every 6 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 4 m (13 ft) octagonal lantern, painted white. Trabas has a closeup, SFA has a photo by C. Lagerwall, a 2009 closeup is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a promontory in the channel connecting the Halsefjord and the Askeröfjord, east of the island of Stora Askerön. Site status unknown (probably on private property), tower closed. ARLHS SWE-144; SV-7983; Admiralty C0506; NGA 0808.
Mitholmarna
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); four flashes every 12 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 5 m (17 ft) round cylindrical tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. Trabas has a distant photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a small island in the lower Halsefjord off Aröd. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty C0502; NGA 0752.
Eggskärs Fyr
Eggskär Light, Tjörn, July 2007
Panoramio photo copyright Gordon Pettersson
used by permission

Orust Municipality Lighthouses

Note: Orust occupies the island of the same name: the third largest island of Sweden after Gotland and Öland. The island has a population of about 15,000. It is separated from the mainland by narrow channels; the channels to the north and south are crossed by bridges on highway 160.
Mollösund and Bråtö Lighthouses
Mollösund
1930. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); two flashes every 6 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 7 m (23 ft) round concrete tower with octagonal lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white with a black band at the base, lantern roof red. Chris Lofqvist's sunset photo is at right, Trabas has a photo, SFA has a good closeup photo by E. Hillberg, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a promontory at the northern entrance to the harbor of Mollösund. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. SV-8177; Admiralty C0460; NGA 0596.
Kråksundsgap Södra (Kråksundsgap South) (3)
1941 (station established 1890). Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); two flashes every 6 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 13 m (43 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Entire lighthouse painted white. Trabas has a photo, Per Svensson has a photo, SFA has an older photo by E. Hillberg showing the lantern painted red, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the northwestern point of the island of Bråtö, about 1.6 km (1 mi) south of Hälleviksstrand. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS SWE-221; SV-8187; Admiralty C0452; NGA 0608.
Bråtö
1930. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); four flashes every 12 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 7 m (23 ft) round concrete tower with octagonal lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white with a black band at the base, lantern roof red. SFA has a photo by E. Hillberg, and Google has a satellite view, Located on the north side of the island of Bråtö, about 2 km (1.2 mi) south southeast of Hälleviksstrand. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. SV-8182; Admiralty C0458; NGA 0592.
Mollösunds Fyr
Mollösund Light, Mollösund, August 2010
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Chris Lofqvist

Måseskär and Kärringö Lighthouses
Måseskär (1)
1865 (Nils Gustaf von Heidenstam). Inactive since 1978 (by tradition, the light is turned on for 12 minutes at midnight each New Year's Eve). 27 m (89 ft) pyramidal cast iron skeletal tower with lantern, gallery, and central cylinder. Lighthouse painted in a red and white checkerboard pattern. A 3rd order Fresnel lens (1887) is mounted in the tower. There are several 1-story keeper's houses and other light station buildings. Eric Sjostedt's photo is at the top of this page, Wikimedia has a photo of the station, SFA has a closeup photo by E. Hillberg and another photo by S. Björnson showing both towers, Marinas.com has aerial photos, Huelse has a historic postcard view, and Google has a satellite view. This is one of the oldest of the cast iron skeletals built by the Swedish engineer Nils Gustaf von Heidenstam. Måseskär is a small island in the Skaggerak about 2 km (1.2 mi) southwest of Kärringö. Accessible only by boat. ARLHS SWE-047.
Måseskär (2)
1978 (station established 1865). Active; focal plane 27 m (89 ft); three long (1.5 s) flashes every 30 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 13 m (43 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. Four vertically slatted daymark panels, mounted near the top of the tower, provide a square red daymark. Håkon Samuelsson has a photo, SFA has a closeup photo by E. Hillberg, and a 2010 photo is available; there's also a photo of the station showing both lighthouses. Located very close to the historic lighthouse. Accessible only by boat. ARLHS SWE-276; SV-8211; Admiralty C0448; NGA 0584.
Kärringö Kummel
1929. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); white or green light, depending on direction, 1.5 s on, 1.5 s off. 7 m (23 ft) round solid rubblestone tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white with one black horizontal band. SFA has a photo by D. Eriksson, Trabas has a distant view, Huelse has a historic postcard view, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a promontory east of the harbor of Kärringö. This light should be accessible by hiking from Kärringö. Site open, tower closed. SV-8216; Admiralty C0446; NGA 0572.
Oxskär
1929. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); three flashes every 9 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 6 m (20 ft) octagonal lantern mounted on a round concrete base. Lantern painted white, base black. SFA has a photo by E. Hillberg, Trabas has a distant view (note the Måseskär lighthouses at the extreme left of the photo), and Google has a satellite view. Located on a small island halfway between Kärringö and Saltö. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS SWE-309; SV-8211; Admiralty C0448; NGA 0584.

Gullholmen Area Lighthouses
Raö Övre
1929. Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); white or green light, depending on direction, 2.5 s on, 2.5 s off. 4 m (13 ft) octagonal lantern, painted white. SFA has a photo by E. Hillberg, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located at the northern corner of the island of Raö, about 2 km (1.2 mi) south of Gullholmen. Site status unknown. SV-8230.1; Admiralty C0427; NGA 0544.
Fredagsholmen (2)
1943 (station established 1883). Active; focal plane 5.5 m (18 ft); flash every 3 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 6 m (20 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof painted red. SFA has a photo by C. Lagerwall, and Trabas has a nice view from the sea. This light is on the northwestern tip of Lavö, opposite Gullholmen, or perhaps on a small island just off the northwestern tip of Lavö. Site status unknown. ARLHS SWE-141; SV-8247; Admiralty C0404; NGA 0448.
Hättan
1938. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); two flashes every 6 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 9 m (30 ft) round tower, painted white with one black horizontal band. Trabas has a distant view, another distant view is available, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a skerry just off the northwestern point of the island of Stora Härmanö, about 1 km (0.6 mi) west of Gullholmen. This light should be approachable by hiking from Gullholmen. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS SWE-187; SV-8216; Admiralty C0402; NGA 0444.

Havstensfjord South Side Lighthouses

Note: The Havstensfjord provides a narrow, protected waterway running around the northern and eastern sides of the island of Orust.
Såten
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); two flashes every 6 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 4 m (13 ft) octagonal lantern, painted white, mounted on a round concrete base. Trabas has a good closeup, and SFA has a photo by C. Lagerwall. Located on the east side of the Havstensfjord about 3 km (2 mi) north of Henån. Probably accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. SV-8079; Admiralty C0412.5; NGA 0500.
Kollholm
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, 2 s on , 2 s off. 7 m (23 ft) round cylindrical tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. Trabas has a good photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on an island in the Havstensfjord opposite the Björningarna light and about 1.5 km (1 mi) west southwest of Bräcke. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty C0417.5; NGA 0832.
* Svanesund
1915. Active; focal plane 4 m (13 ft); flash every 3 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 6 m (20 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. The tower is unpainted; lantern painted white with a red roof. A photo is at right, Trabas has a photo, SFA has a photo by C. Lagerwall, another photo and a 2009 closeup are available, and Google has a satellite view. Svanesund, at the southeastern corner of Orust, is the terminal for the a ferry that crosses the Havstensfjord from Kolhättan on the mainland. Located about 100 m (110 yd) north of the ferry wharf in Svanesund. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS SWE-384; SV-7986; Admiralty C0510; NGA 0812.
Svanesunds Fyr
Svanesund Light, Svanesund, July 2002
Flickr photo copyright Swede18; permission requested

Lysekil Municipality Lighthouses

Grundsund Area Lighthouses
Islandsberg (1)
1883. Inactive since 1938. 6 m (20 ft) 1-1/2 story wood keeper's house; the light was displayed through an upper story window. The seaward end of the house is painted white, and the rest red. SFA has a photo by E. Hillberg, W.A. Hammer's photo of both lighthouses is at right, Huelse has a historic postcard view, and Google has a satellite view. It appears that the house is in use as a private residence. Located on an islet just off the tip of the rocky Islandsberg peninsula about 2 km (1.2 mi) southwest of Grundsund and the same distance north of Gullholmen. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS SWE-476.
Islandsberg (2)
1938 (station established 1883). Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); four flashes every 12 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 7 m (23 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof painted red. Trabas has a closeup photo, another good closeup photo is available, and SFA has a photo by E. Hillberg. Located on an islet just off the tip of the rocky Islandsberg peninsula about 2 km (1.2 mi) southwest of Grundsund and the same distance north of Gullholmen. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS SWE-203; SV-8252; Admiralty C0400; NGA 0440.
Grötö
1917. Active; focal plane about 16 m (52 ft); flash every 3 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 4 m (13 ft) round lantern, mounted on a round concrete or masonry base. Lantern painted white with a red roof. Trabas has a photo, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on the southeastern tip of the island of Grötö, about 800 m (1/2 mi) west of the northern entrance to the harbor of Grundsund. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty C0394; NGA 0432.
Islandsbergs Fyr
Islandsberg Light, Grundsund, August 2006
Panoramio photo copyright W.A. Hammer; used by permission

Lysekil Area Lighthouses
Släggabåden
1961. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, 2 s on, 8 s off. 8 m (26 ft) round tower with octagonal lantern and gallery, mounted on a concrete base. Lighthouse painted white. Trabas has a closeup photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located a short distance offshore at the western entrance to Lysekil harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS SWE-471; Admiralty C0392; NGA 0404.
Flatholmen
1917. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); flash every 4 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 4 m (13 ft) round lantern, painted white, mounted on a round concrete or masonry base. SFA has a photo by C. Lagerwall, Trabas also has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. This light is also barely visible on the point in the right background of the photo of Stångehuvuds Fyr below. Located on the eastern end of a rocky island just off the harbor of Lysekil. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS SWE-137; SV-8275; Admiralty C0390; NGA 0400.
* Stångholmen (2)
1974 (station established 1940). Active; focal plane 6 m (20 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction, 2 s on, 2 s off. 4 m (13 ft) round lantern, mounted on a concrete or masonry base. Lantern painted white. SFA has a photo by E. Hillberg, and Trabas has a good photo. Located on an island just off the western tip of the peninsula of Lysekil. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS SWE-365; SV-8299; Admiralty C0388; NGA 0388.
* Stångehuvud
1890. Inactive since the 1990s. 4 m (13 ft) square wood building, painted white; the A-frame roof is black. Chris Lofqvist's photo is at right, Huelse has a historic postcard view, and Google has a satellite view. This little lighthouse is preserved as a landmark within the Stångehuvud Nature Reserve, which occupies a rocky peninsula projecting into the Skagerrak west of Lysekil. Located on a promontory at the west end of the peninsula. Accessible by a hiking trail. Site open, tower closed.
Gäven
1917. Active; focal plane 27 m (89 ft); three flashes every 9 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 9.5 m (31 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white with one black horizontal band. SFA has a photo by C. Lagerwall, Trabas has a distant view, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a small island in the Skaggerak about 6 km (3.5 mi) west of Lysekil. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS SWE-150; SV-8269; Admiralty C0384; NGA 0392.
Gulskåren
1917. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); two flashes every 6 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 6 m (20 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white. SFA has a photo by C. Lagerwall, Trabas has a more distant view, and Google has a satellite view. Located on Sodra Gulskår, a skerry about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) northwest of Lysekil. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS SWE-431; SV-8272; Admiralty C0382; NGA 0396.

Stångehuvud Light, Lysekil, July 2007
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Chris Lofqvist

Skalhamn Area Lighthouses
Hängdyn
1949. Active; focal plane 5 m (16 ft); quick-flashing light, white, red or green depending on direction. 6 m (20 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Lantern painted white with a red roof; tower painted black. SFA has a photo by C. Lagerwall, Trabas has a view from the sea, and Google has a satellite view. Located in the water about 1.5 km (1 mi) south of Skalhamn. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS SWE-179; SV-8300; Admiralty C0381.5; NGA 0380.
Svensholmen (2)
2003 (station established 1890). Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); three flashes every 9 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 7 m (23 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. Trabas has a view from the sea, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. SFA has a photo by C. Lagerwall of the original lighthouse, which was sold and relocated to Malmön, where is known as the Snurransfyr (see Northern Bohuslän). Located at the northwestern tip of Lilla Kornö, about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) west of Skalhamn. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS SWE-387; SV-8314; Admiralty C0379; NGA 0364.
Lindholmen Västra
1974. Active; focal plane 27 m (89 ft); red light, 4 s on, 4 s off. 15 m (49 ft) round cylindrical tower, painted red; the tower also carries a rectangular red slatted daymark. The lighthouse is at the left of SFA's photo by B. Östling and in the center of Trabas's photo; a view from the sea is available, and Google has a satellite view. The several Lindholmen lights are used in combination with the Fiskebäcksvik light (see below) to guide vessels entering the Brofjord. Located on a rocky island about 2 km (1.2 mi) southwest of Skalhamn. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS SWE-470; Admiralty C0376.43; NGA 0330.
Lindholmen Mellersta
1974. Active; focal plane 27 m (89 ft); white light, 4 s on, 4 s off. 13 m (43 ft) round cylindrical tower, painted red; the tower also carries a rectangular red slatted daymark. The lighthouse is at the center of SFA's photo by B. Östling and of Trabas's photo as well, a view from the sea is available, and Google has a satellite view. The several Lindholmen lights are used in various combinations to guide vessels through a particularly complicated area of the coast. Located on a rocky island about 2 km (1.2 mi) southwest of Skalhamn. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS SWE-264; Admiralty C0376.4; NGA 0324.
Bläckhall
1890. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); two flashes every 6 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 7 m (23 ft) round lantern on a semicircular concrete base. Lantern painted white with a red roof. SFA has a photo by C. Lagerwall. Located on the tip of a rocky promontory on the west side of Skalhamn. Site status unknown. SV-830100; Admiralty C0380; NGA 0376.
Tinnholmen
1974. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); quick-flashing light, white, red or green depending on direction. 8 m (26 ft) round cylindrical cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. SFA has a photo by C. Lagerwall, Trabas has a distant view, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located at the edge of the water at the north end of a small island on the east side of the Brofjord about 800 m (1/2 mi) north of Skalhamn. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. SV-8320; Admiralty C0378.6; NGA 0344.
Stretrudden Övre
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 58 m (190 ft); white light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 16 m (52 ft) round cylindrical tower with gallery; vertically slatted panels on each side of the lantern provide a rectangular daymark. Lighthouse and daymark painted white with a black horizontal band. Trabas has a photo, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. The range guides vessels into a protected harbor of the Brofjord, site of a large petroleum depot, north of Skalhamn. The front light is in a small round lantern. Located near the southwestern point of Rixö, about 1.7 km (1.1 mi) northeast of the front light. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS SWE-473; SV-8321.1; Admiralty C0376.51; NGA 0336.
Kåvra
1974. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); flash every 3 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 11 m (36 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and upper and lower galleries, painted white. SFA has a photo by B. Östling, Trabas has a distant view, and Google has a satellite view. Located in the water about 3 km (2 mi) southeast of Malmön and the same distance northwest of Skalhamn. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS SWE-467; SV-8319; Admiralty C0378.4; NGA 0372.
* Fiskebäcksvik (Övre)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 63 m (207 ft); white light, 4 s on, 4 s off. 8 m (26 ft) square observation tower with gallery. The building is unpainted white concrete. The light is the rear light of a range that guides vessels northbound into the Brofjord. Trabas has a good photo, a 2008 photo and a view from the sea are available, and Google has a satellite view. An October 2008 visitor also has a photo and describes the observation building as unused. Located on a rocky bluff about 1 km (0.6 mi) north of Skalhamn. Site status unknown. Admiralty C0376.41; NGA 0328.

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Posted March 18, 2007. Checked and revised October 20, 2013. Lighthouses: 36. Site copyright 2013 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.