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Reykjanes Light
Reykjanesviti is located in Iceland
Location Reykjanes peninsula
Coordinates 63°48′56″N 22°42′15″W / 63.815673°N 22.704197°W / 63.815673; -22.704197Coordinates: 63°48′56″N 22°42′15″W / 63.815673°N 22.704197°W / 63.815673; -22.704197
Year first constructed 1878
Year first lit 1929
Construction concrete tower
Tower shape tapered cylindrical tower with balcoby and lantern
Markings / pattern white tower, red lantern room
Height 31 metres (102 ft)
Focal height 73 metres (240 ft)
Characteristic Fl (2) W 30 s.
Admiralty number L4828
NGA number 18172
ARLHS number ICE-048
Iceland number VIT-001

Reykjanesviti is Iceland's oldest lighthouse. It serves as a landfall light for Reykjavík and Keflavík.


The tower is a 31 metres (102 ft) tall construction, situated on the southwestern edge of the Reykjanes peninsula.[1] The original structure was built in 1878; just eight years later the building was destroyed by an earthquake. In 1929 the current Reykjanesviti lighthouse, a concrete construction yet with traditional looks, was illuminated. Its focal plane measures 73 metres above sea level.[1]

The light characteristic is "Fl (2) W 30 s.", i.e. a group of two flashing lights every 30 seconds. An antenna for the transmission of DGPS-signals in the longwave range is mounted on the rooftop.[1] There is also a two-story keeper's residence built in the modern area, and the lighthouse has a resident keeper.[1] The lighthouse is located near an area of thermal activity, and steam from this source is often seen in photographs of the lighthouse.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Western Iceland". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2010-05-17. 

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