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Around 60 lighthouses along the Norwegian coast are open for accommodation.
In 1655, a single 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 over the centuries. Many are recently closed or automated, and the last staffed government run lighthouse was shut down in 2006.
Most of the lighthouses are still standing, however, often at locations facing the sea that are simultaneously idyllic and dramatic. Now, these icons are increasingly popular as travel destinations, helped by enthusiastic travellers who want to stay overnight, reports Ola Sendstad, the CEO of Norsk fyrhistorisk forening (the Norwegian lighthouse history association).
The government still owns most of the lighthouses, and they co-operate with local associations and organisations to keep them open for visits, tours, and accommodation. Others are privately owned and commercially operated. In total, around 60 Norwegian lighthouses can be booked for overnight stays.
“Many people want a distinct experience, and where you spend the night is part of that. It could be in a lighthouse, a treetop hut, or other accommodation in eccentric surroundings”, says Audun Pettersen, head of sustainable tourism and food at Innovation Norway.
In a lighthouse, you are close to the forces of nature as well as to history. And, the buildings are photo-friendly and excellent for instant sharing with family and friends – or the whole world.
Just remember to book your bed well ahead of your planned stay as more and more travellers become aware of the rare accommodation option.
You can book a stay in more than 60 historic lighthouses along the coast of Norway.
Lighthouse holidays come in all price ranges but are mostly affordable – and the not too hard to get to.
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