One of the most distinctive and unusual locations in the world. With rugged beauty and solitude, it is for those who want to experience something really exclusive. Have the entire 900 metre long island to yourself, and stay in the house which once was utilized by the lighthouse keepers. It is located 12 nautical miles off the Norwegian coast in the open ocean in an area renown locally for some of the wildest weather that Norway can offer. The raw power and beauty of nature is seldom closer at hand. Svinøy lighthouse is one of the few places in the world where sunsets and hurricanes are equally fascinating. The island is the ideal retreat to "get-away-from-it-all" to focus the mind, yet not far from the attractive town of Ålesund, and a stay here is one of the most extreme experiences you can find.
Svinøy is a "house/home" environment but with a full-time staff person providing for your needs. The automated lighthouse was manned for 100 years, from 1905 to 2005. The island is reachable by boat from the sea, but due to the power and volatility of the waves, for safety reasons it has access by helicopter only.
150 year-old lighthouse at the entrance to the harbor of ÅlesundThe interior of the lighthouse is completely round, only 3 meters in diameter, but through effective use of the available spaces, Molja now boasts a bedroom upstairs and a bathroom downstairs. The interior design was carried out by Snøhetta, Norway's most well known architect firm; famous for the Oslo Opera House and the Ground Zero Museum in New York City. They have carefully achieved a wonderfully distinctive blend of modern facilities with the historic and rustic interior.
Molja Fyr is run and administrered by the nearby Hotel Brosundet which is almost equally distinctive in a different way. (The Hotel is located in a 100+ years-old protected building). As a result Molja Fyr has become known locally as "Room 47" due to the small boutique Hotel Brosundet having 46 rooms within its building. Full hotel facilities are available from Hotel Brosundet, including the Maki Restaurant, which has established a superb reputation for its fresh seafood.
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