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.


Obrestad lighthouse. There is a museum that exhibits everyday life at the lighthouse, the building work, artefacts and pictures showing activities during World War II and a mural in the basement, painted by a German soldier. The first floor contains the lighthouse engine and in the attic is the large pressure tank for the fog-horn. A program of contemporary art is presented each summer, where artists are invited to show art projects both inside and outside.