A friend along the way
A friend along the way
Along the more than 100,000 kilometres of Norwegian coast, there are over 2,000 lighthouses and, at most, there have been over 150 lighthouse stations in operation. The first lighthouse was built in 1655, and people lived and worked in the lighthouses until 2006 when the last lighthouse was automated.
Norwegian lighthouses are the story of
- Love. Between the governess at the lighthouse and the lighthouse assistant.
- Family. Wives and children who lived with their husbands who worked at the lighthouse.
- Class divisions. The children of the lighthouse keeper and the children of the lighthouse assistant who were not allowed to play together even though there were no other playmates in the isolated place.
- Formation of the state. Community solutions and people who were employed by the state. Technology. From coal-fired iron boilers to automated stations.
- Meteorology. Collection of rainfall, wind speed and wave height data.
- Wind. Pets that were blown out to sea and children who were tied up when they played outside in the storm.
- Waves. Monster waves that washed over both islets and skerries shattering the windows of the lighthouse buildings.
- Isolation. There would be weeks between having contact with people other than those on the island. Even in more recent times, post was only delivered every 14 days. When the bundle of newspapers came, they would read one for each day and were two weeks behind the rest of society
- Architecture. Distinctive buildings on desolate sites.
- Safety. Fishermen and sailors who were rescued because the light showed the way.
Ten Norwegian lighthouses - from south to north
Grasøyane Lighthouse can be seen on the way to Ålesund. This is one of the places where the lighthouse keepers lived with their families. Someone who grew up said that it was a paradise for children. The lighthouse is located in a nature reserve, where a pair of eagles has now built a nest high at the top of the lighthouse.
Go on a lighthouse hunt along the coast
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