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Increasing demand for overnight stays at Norwegian lighthouses

Approximately 60 lighthouses along the Norwegian coast are open for accommodation. They face increasing demand both from Norwegians and foreign travellers, reports NRK.


In 1655, a lighthouse was erected at the Lindesnes peninsula, the southernmost tip of the Norwegian mainland.

This was the first of more than 200 lighthouses that have guided seafarers and fishermen ever since – through fog, bad weather and the darkness of night – along the huge Norwegian coastline.

In more recent times, technology has left the traditional lighthouses obsolete, and they've been closed or automated. The last staffed government run lighthouse was closed in 2006.

But they are, most of them, still standing, often at locations that are simultaneously idyllic and dramatic – facing the sea.

Now, they are increasingly popular as travel destinations, reports the Norwegian broadcasting corporation, NRK.

“We get a lot of questions about the lighthouses. There has especially been an increase in people who want to stay overnight. This applies to both foreign tourists and Norwegians”, Ola Sendstad, CEO of Norsk fyrhistorisk forening (the Norwegian lighthouse history association), told the NRK.

Most lighthouses are still government owned, co-operating with local associations and organizations to operate them for visits, tours and accommodation. Others are privately owned and operated commercially.

In total, around 60 Norwegian lighthouses that are open for overnight accommodation.

“Many people want a distinct experience, and where you stay the night is part of that. It could be a lighthouse, a treetop cottage or other accommodation in unique surroundings”, says Audun Pettersen, head of sustainable tourism and food at Innovation Norway.

At a lighthouse, you’re close to the forces of nature as well as to history, so we definitely see the appeal.

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