Bjargtangar lighthouse

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Bjargtangar lighthouse
Bjargtangar lighthouse is located in Iceland
Bjargtangar lighthouse
Location Westfjords peninsula
Coordinates 65°30′11″N 24°32′03″W / 65.50306°N 24.53417°W / 65.50306; -24.53417Coordinates: 65°30′11″N 24°32′03″W / 65.50306°N 24.53417°W / 65.50306; -24.53417
Year first constructed 1948
Year first lit 1913
Construction Concrete
Height 6 m (20 ft)
Focal height 60 m (200 ft)
Characteristic Fl(3) 15 s
Admiralty number L4560
NGA number 18512
ARLHS number ICE-029-, VIT-087

The Bjargtangar lighthouse (Icelandic: Bjargtangaviti is located on the cliffs of Látrabjarg in northwestern Iceland. It marks the westernmost point of Iceland and is the westernmost building of Europe.

History and description[edit]

The Bjargtangar light station was established in 1913.[1] The present tower was built in 1948.[1] It is two stories high, built of concrete, and painted entirely white.[1] The lantern house is on the second floor and faces the sea.[1] Because the lighthouse is on a high cliff, the light's focal plane is 60 m (197 ft) above the sea.[1] The site (but not the tower) is open to visitors, although access is difficult.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Northern Iceland". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2010-05-18.