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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 been designated a national lighthouse museum and hosts various exhibitions relating to the development and history of maritime culture. You can also see the remains of a German fort from World War II close by and there are marked paths in the area.
In 1894, a wool factory was built at Sjølingstad and has been disignated 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. If you go on a guided tour, you will be able to see the various machines and production processes in action. The factory also has a shop, temporary exhibitions and a café.
Just outside Mandal town centre, lays a 800 metre long sandy beach, Sjøsanden, and it is perhaps one of Norway’s most famous beaches. Sjøsanden is located in the Furulunden Nature Park, which includes several beautiful smaller beaches so you will always be able to find a beach that is sheltered from the weather and the wind. Some places you can find public toilets, wheelchair ramp and a playground in the water.
Lord Edward T. Salvesen from Scotland built his fine holiday home, 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 now forms part of the Furulunden Nature Park. During the summer the main building houses a café and art exhibitions.
The Lindesnes region is an paradise for fishermen looking for their catch. Through the region runs the river "Mandalselva" which is considered one of Norway's best salmon rivers and historically, salmon was one of the most important export for this region in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Today the annual catch is between 6 and 12 tonnes of salmon and trout.
The section of the river with salmon is approximately 48 kilometres long. The region also have the river Audna and several lakes that is perfect for fresh water fishing, and the archipelago for seafishing. In this region you do not need to be a professional fisher. 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 sea, in rivers or lakes.
Mandalselva also offers other activities in addition to fishing. Try swimming, rent a boat or go rafting. Rafting with Adventure Norway in Marnardal is suitable for the entire family, both children and adults. Get onboard the bowat together with necessary equiptment and experienced, qualified guides.
When in Marnardal, why not go on an elk safari in the evening? From Monday to Thursday during the summer season you will have a pretty good chance to see the elk and other wild animals on the safari with Adventure Norway.
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