Norwegian lighthouses.

Lighthouses were originally built as family stations. The many strangely shaped timber lighthouses that Norway is famous for were almost always looked after by the keeper and his family. All of them, including the children, helped keep the light burning.

At large lighthouse stations the work was divided among the menfolk. Here, the lighthouse was the center of a community. The men worked in the tower. Around the tower was a smallholding, and even sometimes a school.

The lighthouse keeper was in charge of the station. His quarter were always a bit bigger and fancier than his assistant’s. All lighthouses not only look different – they were also very different to live in.


Tungenes Lighthouse. It is a wooden building and stands on the headland Tungenes in Randaberg, Norway. It was established in 1828, closed down in 1984, and stands 39 feet (12 meters) tall. Today, a fully-automated light operates on a little island called Bragen which lies a bit out in the sea from the old lighthouse building.