Kvitsøy lighthouse was built in 1829. Tt was then 18 metre-high with a coal burner on top. In 1859, the tower was raised by a further 7 m and equipped with an oil-fired flame and a lens system. The top of the lighthouse is now 45 m above sea level. In 1938, the lighthouse was electrified, and in 1969, automated. The lighthouse is heritage-listed. The history of the tilting lighthouse Kvitsøy lighthouse has, however, a history dating back to the year 1700 when Henrich Petersen set up a so-called bascule lighthouse in Ydstebøhavn. The lighthouse consisted of a mast that had a cross rocker mounted. At the end of it was attached a "fire pan" filled with burning coal and hung 6 m above the ground. In 2005, a model of the bascule lighthouse came into place next to the existing lighthouse, and was inaugurated with a great marking as Kvitsøy's millennium square. A hiking trail leads up to the lighthouse from Ydstebøhavn and continues out towards the sea in the west.
Architecture and heritage
Kvitsøy lighthouse is located on the island of Kvitsøy south of Skudeneshavn and is a coastal lighthouse. In the same area, there are also several cultural monuments. The lighthouse is located near Ydstebøhavn harbour in a maritime environment.
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