If you’re seeking an adventure that you can be reasonably certain that none of your traveling friends has ever done then keep on reading. This might be the most offbeat adventure you can find and it will certainly will be filled with beautiful vistas and romantic overtones.
The coast of Norway is long and exciting. There have been a total of 212 lighthouses along it, but no more than 154 have ever been operational at the same time. The Lindesnes lighthouse was the first one and opened in 1655. The newest lighthouse, Anda, was finished in 1932.
In the beginning, the lighthouses were private enterprises. Later the government made the Channel and Harbor Inspector responsible for lighthouses in Norway. A dedicated Lighthouse Administration was set up in 1841. The lighthouses are today mostly automated and, from 1974, run by the Norwegian Coastal Administration.
There were actually two “light vessels” operating along the coast but have since been decomissioned.
Some of the lighthouses now serve as museums and offer group and individual tours. Some have cafes, some have art galleries, some hire out for private functions and some offer overnight stays.
For more detailed information about lighthouses in different areas follow the links:
Norwegian Lighthouse Association.
An unusual trip to Norway could well pair a Coastal Voyage on a hurtigruten ship from Bergen to Kirkennes traveling from south to north by ship and then a leisurely drive south by auto, experiencing the beauty of coastal Norway with visits to many of the lighthouses along the way.
Of course, you don’t have to drive the entire length of the country. There are many shorter drives that you will find very satisfying. For example, the North Sea Road from Kristiansand to Haugesund is about 260 miles.
Some interesting facts for the road traveler in Norway:
The Allmannaretten: In Norway there is free access to sll the countryside that is not under cultivation or in the immediate vicinity of the owner’s residence. You can pick flowers, mushrooms, berries, etc, but you must not disturb or harm nature, animals or people.
You can fish with rod and reel for saltwater fish in the sea at any time without a fishing permit. you must have a license in rivers and streams.
There are numerous picnic areas along the roadside for picnic only – not camping.
Don’t count on bringing a pet – it is possible but probably not worth the effort to overcome the strict rules.
There are holiday cabins, hotels and campgrounds and most credit cards are accepted in Norway.
Plan an exciting adventure in Norway and . . .
Keep on Traveling!