Knarraros lighthouse

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Knarraros Lighthouse
Knarraros lighthouse is located in Iceland
Knarraros lighthouse
Location Southwest coast of Iceland
Coordinates 63°49′4″N 20°58′5″W / 63.81778°N 20.96806°W / 63.81778; -20.96806Coordinates: 63°49′4″N 20°58′5″W / 63.81778°N 20.96806°W / 63.81778; -20.96806
Year first constructed 1939
Construction Concrete
Tower shape square
Height 22 m (72 ft)
Focal height 30 m (98 ft)
Characteristic Fl(1) 30 s
Admiralty number L4804
NGA number 18116
ARLHS number ICE-012, VIT-279

The Knarraros lighthouse (Icelandic: Knarrarósviti) is located on the south coast of Iceland.


Knarraros lighthouse sign

The square, two-staged light tower was built in 1938-1939 and was Iceland's first lighthouse built of reinforced concrete.[1] The lighthouse was designed by Axel Sveinsson, and influenced by the ideas of Guðjón Samúelsson (1887–1950), state architect of Iceland.

The tower is 26.2 meters (86 feet) high and unpainted.[1] There are black panels arrayed vertically between the windows that create the appearance that the tower has a black vertical stripe on each side.[1] The design is a blend of the functionalism and art nouveau styles. The light characteristic is one 3 second long flash every 30 seconds. The lighthouse is located about 5 km (3.1 mi) from the town of Stokkseyri. The site is open to visitors but the tower is closed.[1]

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