Vardø Lighthouse

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Vardø Lighthouse
Vardø Lighthouse
Location of the lighthouse
Coordinates70°23′20.1″N 31°09′23.2″E / 70.388917°N 31.156444°E / 70.388917; 31.156444Coordinates: 70°23′20.1″N 31°09′23.2″E / 70.388917°N 31.156444°E / 70.388917; 31.156444
Year first constructed1896
Constructionwooden tower
Tower shapesquare tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite tower, red lantern
Tower height20 metres (66 ft)
Focal height77.2 metres (253 ft)
Intensity1,809,000 candela
Range23 nmi (43 km; 26 mi)
CharacteristicFl W 30s.
Admiralty numberL4210
NGA number14616
ARLHS numberNOR-267
Norway number968500
Heritageheritage site in Norway Edit this on Wikidata

Vardø Lighthouse (Norwegian: Vardø fyr) is a coastal lighthouse located on the island of Hornøya, just off the coast of the town of Vardø in Vardø Municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. This is the easternmost lighthouse in Norway.


View of the lighthouse from a distance.

It was established in 1896 and automated in 1991. The lighthouse was listed as a protected site in 1998.[1][2]

The 20-metre (66 ft) tall white, square pyramidal, wooden tower has a red, metal, cylindrical light room on top. The light emits a white flash every 30 seconds. The 1,809,000 candela light can be seen for up to 23 nmi (43 km; 26 mi). The light is emitted at an altitude of 77.2 metres (253 ft) above sea level.

The light burns from 12 August until 24 April each year, but it is off during the summers due to the midnight sun. The site is located on a rocky island, just off the Vardø harbor. It is only accessible by boat, and it is closed to the public.[1][3]

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  1. ^ a b Henriksen, Petter (ed.). "Vardø fyr". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  2. ^ Kystverket (2012). Norske Fyrliste 2012 (PDF) (in Norwegian). ISBN 9788245013542. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2013-04-08.
  3. ^ Rowlett, Russ (19 July 2011). "Lighthouses of Norway: Hammerfest Area". University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2013-02-28.

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