Built in 1655, Lindesnes Lighthouse is Norway’s oldest lighthouse. It lies on the southernmost tip of the Norwegian mainland – 2,518 kilometres from the North Cape. The lighthouse has become a national lighthouse museum and hosts various exhibitions related to the development and history of maritime culture. You can also see the remains of a German fort from the Second World War close by, and there are marked paths in the area.
In 1894, a wool factory was built at Sjølingstad and has been designated as a national monument to the textile industry in Norway. Today Sjølingstad Uldvarefabrik is a live museum with its own power station, dye house, spinning mill, weaving mill and finishing plant. Go on a guided tour to see the various machines and production processes in action. The factory has also a shop, temporary exhibitions and a café.
Just outside Mandal town centre, lays a 800m long sandy beach, Sjøsanden. Perhaps one the most famous beaches in the country, it has been voted many times as the best beach in Norway. Sjøsanden is located at Furulunden Nature Park, which includes several beautiful smaller beaches. You will always be able to find a beach that is sheltered from the weather and the wind. At some spots you can find public toilets, wheelchair ramp for the sea and a playground in the water.
Lord Edward T. Salvesen from Scotland built his fine holiday home by the beach, Risøbank, in Furulunden. The building was completed in 1901, and was designed by the Scottish architect Sir Lorimer. It was taken over by the Norwegian government and the local authorities in 1971, and it's now part in the Furulunden Nature Park. During the summer the main building houses a café and art exhibitions.
The Lindesnes region is a fishermen's paradise! Through the region runs the river "Mandalselva", which is considered one of Norway's best salmon rivers. Historically, salmon was one of the most important exporting product for this region in the 18th and 19th centuries. Today the annual catch is 6-12 tonnes of salmon and trout. The section of the river with salmon is approximately 48 kilometers long.
The region has also Audna river, several lakes that are perfect for fresh water fishing, and the archipelago for sea fishing. You do not need to be a professional fisher in this region. Ryan, at AnglerPilot, is our own "one of a kind" fishing guide. He can teach you where and how to get the best fish at the sea, rivers or lakes.
Mandalselva also offers other activities. Try swimming, renting a boat or go rafting! Rafting with Adventure Norway in Marnardal is suitable for the entire family, both children and adults. Get onboard together with all the necessary equipment and experienced, qualified guides.
And what about going on an elk safari in the evening when in Marnardal? During the summer, from Monday to Thursday, you will have a pretty good chance to see the elk and other wild animals on the Adventure Norway safari!