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 Kråkenes Lighthouse

Kråkenes Lighthouse is a coastal lighthouse in Vågsøy. It is located on a rocky, knife-like promontory jutting out of the northwestern tip of the island of Vågsøy. Kråkenes Lighthouse was established in 1906 and became automated in 1986. During World War II, it was bombed by Allied Forces and was rebuilt about 1950. Today Kråkenes has become a popular tourist destination as well. Of all the lighthouses in Norway, this is the one which is most exposed to the elements. It also serves as a meteorological station.

Hurricane-force winds are regularly reported here. Even standing 42 meters above the sea, waves may reach to the height of the lighthouse itself. Pictures of this lighthouse in times of storm, partially concealed by ocean waves breaking over the tower, have been featured on many magazine covers, in the tabloids, and in many a tourist brochure.

Kråkenes Lighthouse is found on the northwestern tip of the island. An old German-built road to the lighthouse has been improved and it is possible to drive all the way to the lighthouse station. The station can accommodate 12 – 13 visitors in its two houses. The distance from the lighthouse to Kråkenesbygda is two kilometres. The hamlet now has 30 permanent residents, but previously up to 100 persons lived there.

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