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Eigerøy fyr

58°26’29,1’’N 5°53’10,8’’E

Eigerøy fyr

Lighthouse in Eigersund. Family friendly hike, 2km

How to get there

Parking: Only cars and minibuses can drive all the way to the parking place (narrow road).

Accessibility: Easy hike partly on gravel and partly on path. Stroller can be used in the first part of the hike. Marked trails. WC at the parking place. Family friendly.

Duration: 2 hours both ways / 2 km both ways.

Special conditions:

  • Park at the parking place and show respect for private land.
  • Show respect to animals along the trail.
  • Don’t forget to close gates behind you so that animals would not get away.
  • Dogs have to be on leash.
  • Leave nothing but footprints!

Culture and history

Eigerøy lighthouse was built in 1854 and is the oldest cast iron lighthouse in Norway. It is 32.9 meters tall and is one of the most solid lighthouses in Europe. The lighthouse was automated in 1989. Open for visitors in July, Sundays from 11 – 16 o’clock.

Geology and nature

As you hike along the way to Eigerøy lighthouse, you go in a large crystallized magma chamber. This chamber is known as Egersund-Ogna anorthosite. The anorthosite was formed deep in the soil for about 930 million years ago. Anorthosite is a rare type of rock on our planet, but everyone has nevertheless seen it – because the light parts of the moon consist of namely anorthosite.

If you would like to find out more about the geology in the area, you can book a tour with Magma Geopark’s guides. You can also download Magma Geopark’s app and hear a local guide tell about the exciting geology on the way to the lighthouse. Information about the local birdlife can be found at the local team at the Norwegian Ornithological Society.

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