Saturday, March 26, 2011

NORWAY

 Lyngør is a village area on a group of small islands in the municipality of Tvedestrand in Aust-Agder County, off the southeast coast of Norway. The village is accessible only by boat, has no cars, and is known for its scenic harbor and charming wooden houses. It is recognized as one of the best-preserved communities in Europe. Lyngør Lighthouse stands on a small islet at the entrance to Lyngørfjorden, about 8 km (5 mi) southwest of Risør.
 The lighthouse is an early example of concrete construction in Norway, and several of the original installations are preserved, including the original 3rd order Fresnel lens with its rotating mechanism. The 17 m (56 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower attached to the front of a 2-1/2 story keeper's house was first lit in the autumn of 1879. The lighthouse station includes an engine house, two oil houses, and a boathouse and was automated in 2004. The keeper’s house was completely refurbished and is available for vacation rental.