Wow, what an October! They say a heat wave is sweeping through the whole of Europe and Norway is certainly no exception to that! Last weekend’s weather forecast was very promising, sixteen degrees or even higher – which is very unusual around here -, so we had a major plan for Sunday: to visit a place that I have been so much longing to see in a while. It is the famous Lindesnes lighthouse, Lindesnes Fyr as they call it in Norwegian.
Lindesnes is an absolute recorder in various aspects. The first version of the lighthouse was built in 1656 which makes it the oldest in the country and it is at the southernmost point of Norway. The northernmost equivalent is a little over 2,800 kilometers away from here.
The name Lindesnes originates from gammelnorsk (old Norwegian) and means “Der landet synker i havet” i.e. “where the land sinks into the sea”. The waters around the southern coast of Norway are also known as “Lindelsens Nes”: the place where two seas meet and streams and wind and weather reign over life and death.
The original version of this lighthouse is still there on the top. I have never seen anything like that before. It has four “compartments” which served for making fires. Over the centuries, more were built to replace the older ones. 1822 was an important milestone in the history of Lindesnes Fyr: that year the lighthouse was refitted with a coal lamp and about thirty years later it was modernized with the lens we can see today. The current lighthouse was built of cast iron in 1915. Similarly to other strategic points on the southern coastline of Norway – remember the blog entry about Møvik fort a few weeks back? -, the lighthouse was taken over by the Germans during WWII. Since we were visiting the place with two small kids, we enjoyed running around and discovering secret spots in the underground labyrinth that connected the bunkers during the war.
Today the lighthouse station is operated with a powerful diaphone instead of the siren used earlier.
The area is the perfect location to spend a whole day outdoors, offering hiking trails, a museum to visit, the lighthousekeepers’ residence and a nice café and gift shop to rest for a while and then continue discovering further magical spots. We packed sandwiches and drinks and had a picnic in the most peculiar place, a bunker.
On the way home half of the gang fell asleep in the car and last night I didn’t need a bedtime story either, slept like a log.
I love powerful weather, so I promised myself to return to this wonderful place on a stormy day.
Vi sees snart!
For a few facts and figures I consulted good old Wikipedia.