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Norway’s southernmost

About Ryvingen

The island Ryvingen is located outside the southern coast of Norway. Here you will find Ryvingen Lighthouse, the southernmost lighthouse in Norway.

The light at Ryvingen has guided seafarers since 1867. Today the light is automated, but the island and the station is open to the public.

This beautiful island amidst sun, wind and ocean offers a special escape from everyday life.

Foto: Trond Kristiansen

 
 

EXPERIENCES AND ACTIVITIES

Swimming

Snorkeling

Sun

fishing

Crab fishing

Hiking

Bird watching

Kayaking

Barbequing

Just to be here

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ACCOMMODATION

At Ryvingen lighthouse we offer the southernmost accomodation in Norway.

We have several rooms for rent in the refurbished lighthouse keepers residence.

Staying at Ryvingen is very popular, particulary in the summer season.

book your stay now!

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WEATHER

Ryvingen is at the top of the list of number of sunny days in Norway.

At the same time the waters around the island must be respected. Wind and currents create dangerous conditions at sea. Many ships have been lost in the area surrounding the island. But as long as you take into account weather forecasts and charts, the island can be visited all year round.

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RYVINGEN LIGHTHOUSE

Ryvingen Lighthouse is the southernmost landmark for vessels along the southern coast of Norway.

 

The first beacon was lit 20th October 1867. The cast iron tower you see today was completed in 1897. At the time, it was the second most powerful lighthouse in the world. The same lens is still in use today.

 

The keepers’ houses were once home for up to 30 people, the lighthouse keepers and their families.  The children who grew up on the island even had their own school.

 

In 1957 the families moved from the island and the lighthouse keepers worked in shifts on the island. The light was automated in 2002.

Foto: Lars Verket

 

GROUPS AND

EVENTS

Functions

Business events

School trips

Foto: Øystein Paulsen

 

FRIENDS OF RYVINGEN

Friends of Ryvingen lighthouse is a non-profit organization devoted to maintaining the buildings and surroundings on Ryvingen, and to keep it open to visitors. The Norwegian costal administration still operates the light signal as an aid to navigation.

Everyone is welcome to join as a member or to become a volunteer.

Read more about us and the work we do here.