Photo of the day – Lighthouse in the Norwegian fjords
Norway is one of the world’s most maritime nations. The country is long and narrow, with drowned valleys called fjords that bring the sea far inland in most regions. The mainland coast is estimated to be 2650 km (1650 mi) long, and when all the islands and minor indentations are counted the total coastline approaches an astonishing 60,000 km (37,500 mi), long enough the go around the world one and a half times. With such a lengthy and rocky shore, it’s not surprising that Norway has a large number of lighthouses.
Lighthouse, fjords, Norway, sea, landscape
via Francois Verhasselt
Photo source: flickr
Norway has more than 200 lighthouses, and – some of them is for rent. In Norway a lighthouse is simply called a fyr (fire) or sometimes a fyrtårn (fire tower). Aids to navigation are maintained by the Kystverket (Coast Directorate), an agency of the Fiskeri og Kystdepartementet (Fisheries and Coast Department).