About the lighthouse-keeper’s lodge
A holiday at Hellisøy Lighthouse (Hellisøy fyr) is balm for the soul. In all kinds of weather, Hellisøy provides a real experience of views, ocean, nature and peace.
An undisturbed holiday in close contact with the elements. The lighthouse-keeper’s lodge on Hellisøy is simply furnished in an authentic style. You will feel traces of the lives lived here during the nearly fifty years since the lighthouse was last restored and modernised.
The lighthouse-keeper’s lodge was built to house the light-house keeper and his family, along with the handyman. The house burned down in 1902, and the following year two new houses were built, one for the keeper and one for the assistant keeper. For many years, a few cows and sheep were kept out here. A meteorological station was set up here in 1924, but this service is now automated. The lighthouse-keeper’s lodge was modernised and rebuilt in 1968, and is now rented out.
The history of the lighthouse
Hellisøy Lighthouse is one of two lighthouses in Fedje district. Holmengrå Lighthouse is right at the north end of the district, a good distance from the main island, while Hellisøy Lighthouse is located in the south, only a stone’s throw from land.
The light was first lit up in 1855. The distinctive cast-iron tower is 108 feet high and the light is 151 feet above high water. This was the second lighthouse in Norway to have a cast-iron tower. The lower part was made by Bærums verk, while the upper section was made by Horten Mekaniske Verksted. The actual light tower is made of 1-inch iron plates and is lined with 35000 bricks. The two lower stories are more or less filled with stone. This was a big project: up to 95 men were working on the lighthouse during the construction period.
In 1954, the lighthouse was electrified with power from on land. In January 1989, Hellisøy Lighthouse was automated, but because of the meteorological observations, the lighthouse did not become unmanned until 1992.
Pictures from Hellisøy Lighthouse
Getting to the lighthouse
Guests renting the lighthouse-keeper’s lodge can book access to and guided tours in the lighthouse.
For safety reasons, it is not permitted to enter and go up the lighthouse without supervision.
The lighthouse-keeper’s lodge on Hellisøy is simply furnished in an authentic style. You will feel traces of the lives lived here during the nearly fifty years since the lighthouse was last restored and modernised.