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 is located on the edge of a prominatory. The lighthouse keeper’s cottage has a view of the sea on three sides and the mountains of Jæren on the fourth. The lighthouse at Obrestad has changed little since it was de-manned in 1991.