Norwegian lighthouses.

Lighthouses were originally built as family stations. The many strangely shaped timber lighthouses that Norway is famous for were almost always looked after by the keeper and his family. All of them, including the children, helped keep the light burning.

At large lighthouse stations the work was divided among the menfolk. Here, the lighthouse was the center of a community. The men worked in the tower. Around the tower was a smallholding, and even sometimes a school.

The lighthouse keeper was in charge of the station. His quarter were always a bit bigger and fancier than his assistant’s. All lighthouses not only look different – they were also very different to live in.


Fjøløy lighthouse. Located on the southwest side of Fjøløy, an island directly across the Kvitsøyfjord from the Tungenes lighthouse. The island is accessible from Stavanger by the Byfjord Tunnel and a series of bridges. Site open, tower closed. Fjøløy Lighthouse lies on the outermost point of Fjøløy about 2.7 kilometers (c.1.7 miles) from Utstein Monastery. The lighthouse stands right in the entrance and can be a wonderful experience both on warm summer evenings and the stormy days of autumn. It was strategically placed at the entrance of the sea lane to Stavanger and Ryfylke. It also has a good panoramic view over Karmøy, Kvitsøy and Randaberg.