Lighthouses of Sweden: Halland

This page covers lighthouses of southern Sweden in the county of Halland (Hallands Län). Halland lies between the major cities of Göteborg and Helsingborg; it faces west on the Kattegat, the broad sound separating Sweden and Denmark. Varberg and Halmstad are the largest coastal towns in the county.

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). Many of the major lighthouses have resident attendents, and guided tours can often be arranged. The Swedish Lighthouse Society (Svenska Fyrsällskapet) works for the preservation of the lighthouses.

ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. SV numbers are from the Sjöfarsverket light list (Svenska Fyrlista) 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 the major lighthouses, and there is a list of photos available.
Online List of Lights - Sweden
Photos by various photographers posted by Alexander Trabas.
Leuchttürme und Leuchtfeuer in Schweden - Svenska Fyrar
A large collection of photos and data; text in German; referenced below as LLS.
Lighthouses in Sweden
Aerial photos posted by Marinas.com.
Lighthouse Pages from Anke and Jens - Sweden
Photos and brief accounts (in English) by two German lighthouse fans.
Henning Jensen's Lighthouse Pages
Photos and comments for about 20 lighthouses, posted by an employee of the Maritime Administration who helps maintain the lighthouses.
Fyrar
Photos taken from the sea posted by Bosse Arnholm.
Lighthouses in Sweden
Photos by various photographers available from Wikimedia.
World of Lighthouses - Sweden
Photos by various photographers available from Lightphotos.net.
Schwedische Leuchttürme auf historischen Postkarten
Historic postcard views posted by Klaus Huelse.

Morups Tånge Fyr
Morups Tånge Light, Falkenberg, May 2007
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Larry Myhre

Halmstad Lighthouses
Halmstad Vågbrytare (Breakwater)
Date unknown (station established 1902). Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 10 m (33 ft) triangular skeletal tower with lantern and gallery, painted white; lantern roof painted red. The tower also carries a vertically slatted daymark painted with red and white horizontal bands. Trabas has a good photo, SFA has a photo by E. Hillberg, and Google has a satellite view and a distant street view across the harbor. Located at the end of the long breakwater of Halmstad. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. SV-7313; Admiralty C0738; NGA 1416.
Tylögrund
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 22 m (72 ft); three long (3 s) white flashes every 30 s. 23 m (75 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with upper and lower galleries and a helipad on top. Lighthouse painted red, lantern and galleries white. This light replaced the Tylön lighthouse (next entry). Trabas has a distant view, and another distant view is available. SFA's aerial photo by C. Lagerwall shows a helipad, since removed, atop the lighthouse. Located in the Kattegat about 1 km (0.6 mi) southwest of the Tylön lighthouse. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS SWE-398; SV-7308; Admiralty C0735; NGA 1404.
* Tylön (Tylö, Tylösand)
1870 (Gustav von Heidenstam). Inactive since 1968. Approx. 13 m (43 ft) octagonal cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, painted red. 1-1/2 story wood keeper's house, painted red with white trim; the lantern is gray metallic. A photo is at right, LLS has a page for the lighthouse, and Google has a satellite view. The lighthouse was replaced by the offshore Tylögrund lighthouse (previous entry). By 2008 the lighthouse (then painted white) was in a precarious condition, swaying in strong winds. The State Property Board (Statens Fastighetsverk) then carried out a complete restoration of the structure, repainting the tower is its historic red. SFA has a pre-restoration photo by E. Hillberg, Sofia Nilsson has a 2007 photo, Marinas.com has aerial photos, and Huelse has a historic postcard view. Tylön is an island just off a cape at Tylösand, about 10 km (6 mi) west of Halmstad. The island is now a nature reserve; most of it is closed during the bird nesting season, April 1 through July 15. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Site manager: Statens Fastighetsverk. ARLHS SWE-399.
Tylöns Fyr
Tylön Light, Halmstad, 2008
Statens Fastighetverk photo

Falkenberg Lighthouses
Falkenbergs Hamn (Falkenberg West Breakwater)
Date unknown (station established 1888). Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft) (?); light 2 s on, 6 s off, white, red or green, depending on direction. Approx. 13 m (49 ft) round cylindrical tower with lantern and gallery, painted white with a narrow red horizontal band, topped by a square skeletal tower. Trabas has a closeup photo, Harry Meschke has a distant view, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. The skeletal tower has been added recently, and it apears that the focal plane is now at least 15 m (49 ft). Located at the end of the north breakwater at the entrance to Falkenberg. The pier does not appear to be walkable. Site and tower closed. Admiralty C0722; NGA 1368.
* Morups Tånge
1843. Active; focal plane 29 m (95 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, occulting once every 8 s. 28 m (92 ft) round stone tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white with two narrow black horizontal bands. The original 2nd order Fresnel lens remains in use; it is the oldest active Fresnel lens in Sweden and one of the oldest in the world. Larry Myhre's photo is at the top of this page, Steffen Ramsaier has a good photo, Trabas has a fine photo, SFA has a photo by S. Björnson, Håkan Dahlströhm has a 2008 photo, Marinas.com has aerial photos, Huelse has a historic postcard view, and Google has a fine satellite view. Morups Tånge is a low peninsula projecting into the Kattegat about 8 km (5 mi) west of Falkenberg. The area is a nature reserve known as one of the best birding locations in southern Sweden. The historic lighthouse was restored in 1975. Accessible by road. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS SWE-048; SV-7343; Admiralty C0716; NGA 1360.
* Glommen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9.5 m (31 ft); flash every 3 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical tower mounted on a round 1-story concrete base. Lighthouse painted white. Trabas has a photo, Per Siedberg has a photo, and SFA has a photo by D. Eriksson, and Google has a distant street view across the harbor, but Google's satellite view does not show the tower. Located at the end of the breakwater at Glommen. This is not a walkable pier. Site and tower closed. SV-7375; Admiralty C0714; NGA 1356.

Varberg Lighthouses
* Subbeberget (Varberg (2))
1934. Active; focal plane 26 m (85 ft); white light, 5 s on, 5 s off, 5 s on, 15 s off. 14 m (46 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. Petter Duvander's photo is at right, Trabas has a closeup photo, SFA has a good photo by C. Lagerwall, a portfolio of photos and a distant view from Varberg's beach are available, Marinas.com has aerial photos, Huelse has a historic photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a promontory at the south side of the entrance to Varberg. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS SWE-381; SV-7394; Admiralty C0704; NGA 1340.
[Skrivareklippen (Varberg(1))]
1871. Inactive since 1934. The lighthouse, a cast iron tower seen in Huelse's postcard view, was replaced by Subbeberget (previous entry) and has been demolished. The 1-1/2 story wood keeper's house and other station buildings survive in private ownership. A photo is available (fifth photo on the page), and Google has a satellite view. Located on an island in the entrance to Varberg harbor, about 1.5 km (1 mi) northwest of the Subbeberget Fyr. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed.
Klåback
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); two flashes every 6 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 4 m (13 ft) round lantern mounted on a concrete base. Lantern painted white. SFA has a photo by C. Lagerwall, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a small island about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) west of the island of Balgö and 9 km (5.5 mi) northwest of Varberg. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. SV-7414; Admiralty C0684; NGA 1300.
* Krogstadsudda (Bua)
Date unknown (station established 1888). Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); four flashes every 12 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 7 m (23 ft) octagonal pyramidal wood tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof red. Trabas has a photo, a sunset closeup is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on Krogstadsudde, the promontory on the north side of the entrance to the Båtfjord, opposite Bua. Located in the Biskopshagens Naturreservat, the light is accessible by a short walk from the nature reserve's parking area. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty C0682; NGA 1268.
Fladen
1969 (lightship station established 1892). Active; focal plane 24 m (79 ft); one long white flash every 8 s. 26 m (85 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with upper and lower galleries and a helipad on top. Upper half of the lighthouse painted red, lower half black. SFA has an aerial photo by C. Lagerwall. This tower, a sibling of the Trubaduren lighthouse off Göteborg, replaced the lightship Fladen (Fyrskepp 29) now on display at Göteborg. In addition, Fyrskepp 10B Fladen, which served this station from 1892 to 1965, is in private ownership in Stockholm. Located on a shoal in the open Kattegat about 10 km (6 mi) south southwest of Nidingen. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS SWE-135; SV-7419; Admiralty C0671; NGA 1296.

Subbeberget Light, Varberg, November 2008
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Petter Duvander

Kungsbacka Lighthouses
Fjordskär (2)
Date unknown (station established 1882). Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); flash every 3 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 10 m (33 ft) round lantern mounted on a large concrete base. Lantern painted white. Trabas has a photo, SFA has a photo by C. Lagerwall, and Google has a satellite view. Huelse has a historic photo that shows an octagonal lantern. We do not know if the outsized concrete base formerly supported a larger lighthouse. Located on a skerry on the west side of the entrance to the bay known as the Kungsbackafjord, about 3 km (2 mi) south of Gottskär. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. SV-7457; Admiralty C0674; NGA 1244.
Malö Hamn
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 5 m (16 ft); two flashes every 6 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 4 m (13 ft) octagonal lantern mounted on a concrete base. Lantern painted white. Trabas has a photo, SFA has a photo by E. Hillberg, and Google has a satellite view. This light is not on the island of Malö but on the mainland, on the east side of the entrance of Skallanas harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. SV-7469; Admiralty C0664; NGA 1240.
Malö (2?)
Date unknown (station established 1891). Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); three flashes every 9 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 9 m (30 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. SFA has a photo by E. Hillberg, and Google has a satellite view. The satellite view shows no trace of the original lighthouse, a light tower rising from a keeper's house. Located on the southern point of the island of Malö, about 6 km (3.5 mi) southwest of Gottskär. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS SWE-446; SV-7452; Admiralty C0673; NGA 1236.
Lilleland Rev
1945. Active; focal plane 19 m (62 ft); white, red or green light, depending on direction, 1.5 s on, 1.5 s off. 21 m (69 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and three galleries, painted with black and white horizontal bands. Fredrik Streiffert has a 2011 closeup photo, SFA has a photo by C. Lagerwall, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a reef in the water about 1.9 km (1.2 mi) northeast of the Nidingen lighthouses. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS SWE-258; SV-7449; Admiralty C0666; NGA 1232.
** Nidingen (1)
1832. Inactive since 1946. 19 m (62 ft) hexagonal cylindrical rubblestone tower with lantern and gallery. The lighthouse is unpainted; the lantern dome is gray metallic. Jonas Karlsson has a closeup photo and a photo of both towers, SFA has an aerial photo by C. Lagerwall and a view from the sea by E. Hillberg, Huelse has a historic postcard view of this station, and Google has a satellite view. This is the southwesternmost of a pair of twin lighthouses built in 1832. Nidingen is a low island about 1 km (0.6 mi) long, located dangerously in the Kattegat about 6 km (3.5 mi) off the nearest point of the Swedish coast. Open fires were displayed here as early as 1624. This pair of twin lighthouses was raised in height in 1846. The 3rd order Fresnel lens (1890) was transferred to the new lighthouse 100 years later. Three 1-story keeper's houses are available for overnight accommodations, and another building of the station is available for meetings and conferences. Transportation for both day and overnight visitors is available from Gottskär on the mainland. Located in the Kattegat about 10 km (6 mi) southwest of Gottskär; accessible only by boat. Site open, tower open to guided tours. Site manager: Gottskär Hotell. ARLHS SWE-288.
** Nidingen (2)
1832. Inactive since 1946. 19 m (62 ft) hexagonal cylindrical rubblestone tower with lantern and gallery. The lighthouse is unpainted; the lantern dome is gray metallic. Jonas Karlsson's photo is at right, and he also has a photo of both towers. This is the northeasternmost of the Nidingen twin towers. Site open, tower open to guided tours. ARLHS SWE-428.
* Nidingen (3)
1946 (station established 1832). Active; focal plane 25.5 m (83 ft); three flashes in a 2+1 pattern, white or red depending on direction, every 27 s. 23.5 m (77 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and two galleries, painted white with one black horizontal band. 3rd order Fresnel lens transferred from the original southwest tower. Jonas Karlsson has a 2008 photo, and Google has a satellite view. See above for additional information on this station. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS SWE-289; SV-7443; Admiralty C0670; NGA 1228.
Nidingen Fyr
Nidingen Light (northeast tower), Kungsbacka, July 2008
Flickr photo copyright Jonas Karlsson; used by permission
Kungen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); three flashes every 9 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 7.5 m (25 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, painted white with one black horizontal band. Trabas has a very distant view, and Google has a satellite view. Located on an islet in a rocky reef in the Kattegat about 5 km (3 mi) west of Lerkil. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS SWE-038; Admiralty C0658; NGA 1168.

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Posted April 9, 2007. Checked and revised September 18, 2014. Lighthouses: 17. Site copyright 2014 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.