Eigerøy Lighthouse is located on Norway’s southwestern coast on the small island of Midbrødøya off the western edge of Eigerøya in Eigersund, Rogaland. It was established in 1854 and became fully automated in 1989. This was Norway’s first cast iron lighthouse, and its success encouraged the building of many more on the Norwegian coastline. The sections were delivered by Bærum steel-works. In addition, 70,000 stones were used to line the tower.
- There are 134 steps in the tower itself, as well as 34 to reach the entrance.
- The lighthouse stands 107.9 feet (32.9 meter) tall and 152.5 feet (46.54 meters) above the high tide mark.
- It has one of Europe’s strongest lights. The lighthouse was built to ensure the safety of the shipping traffic along the coast.
- it has great views at any time, but especially on stormy days.
- Take the Nord Eigerøy bus from the Rutebilstasjon and get off at the sign ‘Eigerøy fyr’ on the Rv502 (Nkr27, 15 minutes). From there, it’s a 30-minute walk down the Fyrvegen road to the lighthouse.
- From the car park by Nautasundet, which has toilets and waste collection, there is a good path that runs 2 km up to the lighthouse. There are seven geo stops along the path, with information about the anorthosite, the special geological deposit in the area around Egersund.
- The lighthouse is open to visitors on Sundays during summer. The old lighthouse keeper’s dwelling has been renovated and houses a café which is also open during the summer. It is roughly 12 km from the center of the town to the car park. Follow the RV502 road, turn right past Eigerøy bridge, and it is signposted from Segleim.
Virtual Globetrotting. See Eigerøy Lighthouse in an amazing, detail-rich aerial shot.
Beautiful photoset by Studio Toffa on Flickr.
- Eigerøy Fyr
- Seglem, Nordre Eigerøy
- 4370 Egersund
- Open:Sundays, mid-June through mid-August, 11AM – 4 PM
Video Blog – Eigerøy Lighthouse
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