The Lindesnes fyr in the south – the Slettnes fyr lighthouse in the north

To get to the northernmost lighthouse in the world, at least on the mainland, i.e. the Slettnes fyr lighthouse, it is best to follow the arrow on the southernmost lighthouse Norway, the Lindesnes fyr. Here there is the first indication of Slettnes fyr, 2814 kilometers away.

To the northernmost north it goes straight ahead. Four kilometers north of the beautiful tundra town of Gamvik. A must to come here. On the rather narrow and long straight gravel road, the silhouette of the Slettnes Fyr lighthouse can be seen from afar. The landscape in this arctic climate zone, the tundra, is barren and quite flat.

Anyone who gets lost on the northernmost tip of the Nordkinn peninsula (Nordkyn) accepts long drives and long hikes. And he will not be frightened by the barren landscape that is always the same. So we also have a long tour through the tundra, in which there are a maximum of a few bushes, but also bare or only slightly overgrown rock and scree landscapes.

And this is exactly what the journey to the upper part of the Nordkinn peninsula in the south of the Arctic Barents Sea. But now the contour of the Slettnes lighthouse and its outbuildings can already be clearly seen on the horizon. It works like a magical magnet, with the feeling that you will soon be at the end of the world again, at least the European mainland world.

Have a coffee in the café of the Slettnes Fyr lighthouse

If there is a very special place to have a coffee, it is here in the former service buildings of the Slettnes Fyr lighthouse .. I imagine the thought how the people in this place used to hold a mug of hot coffee in their hands while they were operating the uninsulated lighthouse up there on a cold stormy night, while perhaps the captain in stormy seas perhaps did the same with the feeling of security at the sight this beam of light.

And today we are sitting here, in summer, when the Slettnes lighthouse is not in operation due to the continuous brightness. There is a pot of coffee from the kitchen of the guard’s apartment and a fresh waffle, as is often offered in Finnmark. We are happy to be here at Slettnes Fyr lighthouse, in the hustle and bustle of the impressive wasteland of northern Finland. What does the last lighthouse keeper feel when we sit here in his former living room?

In a moment I’ll be part of the tour for an hour, walking up the 139 steps of the 39 meter high Slettnes Fyr lighthouse and from here you can enjoy the wonderful view of the Barents Sea when the weather is nice and, with luck, discover the northernmost point of mainland Europe – Kinnaodden. Slettnes fyr is the fifth tallest lighthouse in Norway, as a rule Norway gets by with low beacons that stand on a rock

Both eyes closed at Slettnes Fyr lighthouse

For the people who once lived and worked here, life was hard, especially in the darker months of the year. lonely and calm. Only the sometimes foaming sea and the howling of the storm was loud.

In summer we are in an absolute comfort zone here and we are tempted to spend the night here at the Slettnes Fyr lighthouse. Perhaps in one of the apartments with the simplest and original furnishings, a view of the sea through the lattice windows, a communal kitchen and the bathroom in the hallway.

The most northerly lighthouse in the world is possible, at Slettnes lighthouse, and it is truly a dream Performance. Look at the wide sea in the morning, experience the winds and the perhaps rapid change in the weather.

The magic of the northernmost lighthouse in the world, the Slettnes fyr lighthouse

Lighthouses have had a very special magic since they were built and no matter where you come across them, you can hardly escape their myth. Here now, at the Slettnes fyr lighthouse, we are at a point where nothing comes to the North Pole.

The red and white Slettnes fyr lighthouse towers high in front of us, which has been running since 1905 the world’s northernmost lighthouse through the treacherous shallows of the rugged coastline. The northernmost lighthouse in the world as a lonely outpost on the Barents Sea. It can hardly be more lonely here, especially since the Slettnes lighthouse is only in operation in the dark season. For many years it was the home of the lighthouse keeper and his employees and their families. A car was hard to think of in this landscape.

In this environment the weather can change very quickly, so Slettnes fyr was equipped with a fog horn as early as 1922. Then came the Second World War with the German occupation, already mentioned in other articles. From now on they took care of the operation of this lighthouse and only switched its light on when German ships passed the passage.

The lighthouse Slettnes fyr in the madness of history

What the German Sodaten did here in Finnmark is indescribable. They actually flattened everything that could be destroyed, they murdered fishermen and they drove people out. The fact that I am allowed to be up here today as a descendant of Germans is always deeply touching and shameful for me.

One of the reasons, by the way that we always do our shopping locally, even in expensive Norway, in order to give the regions back at least part of what they give us.

In any case, the lighthouse should also be blown up in the hectic of retreat, but only its tip was destroyed. After the war was over, a provisional gas lantern was installed in the damaged tower in 1945. However, the most urgent goal was to completely restore this tower and so it was able to resume normal operations from 1949.

While all lighthouses were built in concrete from 1945, this Slettnes lighthouse retained its cast-iron base. the top of the lighthouse alone was newly created.

Architecture of the Slettnes fyr lighthouse

The outbuildings of Slettnes fyr lighthouse were less fortunate, they had to be completely rebuilt. So they were created in four apartments of the same size as well as four outside toilets and four boat sheds. The idea of ​​the architects Blakstad and Munthe-Kaa was an equal treatment of all servants and their families. These architects redrawn many of the destroyed buildings in Finnmark. With their architecture, they were based entirely on the social-democratic post-war politics in Norway, which wanted to put an end to unequal treatment in the country.

Until 1973, the employees and families lived right next to the northernmost lighthouse in the world, in the buildings of the Slettnes fyr, then they moved to nearby places with social connections, while the lighthouse was operated in shifts from now on.

The Slettnes fyr lighthouse is one of the last in Norway to be automated. The northernmost lighthouse in the world has also been remote-controlled since 2005

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