Lighthouses in Norway – lighthouse Eigerøy fyr

Eigerøy fyr, Egersund, Nautasund,, Kodak Ektar, Leica Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph. | © mare.photo

In front of the small coastal town of Egersund lies the small but so protective island of Eigerøy. At its narrowest point, Eigerøy is separated by a sound the width of a narrow river. A pedestrian bridge brings us to the island. So we make our way to the lighthouse. However, the way is the goal.

Lighthouses in Norway – lighthouse Eigerøy fyr

The Eigeroy fyr lighthouse is one of the brightest lighthouses in Europe and the first of the cast iron lighthouses in Norway. To visit the Eigerøy fyr lighthouse, a two-kilometer walk from the car park at Nautasund is required. The Nautasund separates the island of Eigerøy in the width of a river from the lighthouse island of Midbrødøya. This is under nature protection and is completely fenced. The Eigeroy fyr lighthouse is around eight kilometers from Egernsund city center.

Dogs are not allowed on the island of the lighthouse Eigeroy fyr from March 15th to October 15th. On the lighthouse island, the corresponding nature protection instructions must be observed! The Eigerøy fyr lighthouse is about two kilometers from the car park at Nautasund and can only be reached on foot! The last section to the Eigerøy fyr lighthouse only goes over rocky paths that can be very slippery in wet weather.

Eigerøy fyr, Egersund, Nautasund,, Kodak Ektar, Leica Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph. | © mare.photo

Eigerøy fyr, Egersund, Nautasund,, Kodak Ektar, Leica Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph. | © mare.photo

The Eigerøy fyr lighthouse stands on the rocky island of Midbrødøya. With its almost rectangular size of 2000 x 500 meters, Midbrødøya lies west of the larger island of Eigerøy, but is only separated from it by the 20 meter wide Nautasund. A small bridge leads from the parking lot over the Nautasund to the lighthouse Eigerøy fyr.

The way to the lighthouse Eigerøy fyr will seem long, others will enjoy the calm on the island of Midbrødøya with its numerous hills and valleys and the fresh air of the North Sea that blows across the approximately 2000 x 500 meter island of Midbrødøya.

Eigerøy fyr, Egersund, Nautasund,, Kodak Ektar, Leica Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph. | © mare.photo

Eigerøy fyr, Egersund, Nautasund,, Kodak Ektar, Leica Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph. | © mare.photoAfter half an hour’s walk, the lighthouse Eygeroy fyr suddenly appears in front of us. The red and white lighthouse Eigerøy fyr rises a proud 32.90 meters into the sky. The lighthouse Eygerøy fyr stands on the outer tip of the small island and has a total fire height of 46.50 meters above the medium flood.
The Eygerøy fyr lighthouse went into operation in 1854, and in 1897 it was given a modern first-order Fresnel lens. Sailors can still see its cone of light at a distance of 18.8 nautical miles. In order to provide orientation even in the fog that often occurs here, the Eygerøy fyr lighthouse was equipped from the start with a compressed air operated fog horn, the Diapohon. It works much like a ship’s horn.

About 200 meters from the Eygerøya fyr lighthouse is the machine house and the house of the lighthouse keeper and his family. It was here until 1989, when the operation of the Eigerøy fyr lighthouse was automated.

The city of Egersund soon took over and renovated the outbuildings of the Eigerøy fyr lighthouse. Today there is a small café that opens every Sunday in summer. On the island of Midbrødøya there are also traces of one of the battle positions of the German Wehrmacht during the Second World War.

Eigerøy fyr, Egersund, Nautasund,, Kodak Ektar, Leica Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph.

Eigerøy fyr, Egersund, Nautasund,, Kodak Ektar, Leica Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph. | © mare.photo

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