Oksoy Lighthouse, Kristiansand

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Oksøy Lighthouse is a coastal lighthouse in the municipality of Kristiansand in Vest-Agder county, Norway. The lighthouse sits on the islet of Oksøy which is located in the Kristiansandsfjorden, just east of the island of Flekkerøya. The lighthouse marks the western side of the main shipping channel that leads inland to the port of the city of Kristiansand. The other lighthouse, which marks the eastern entrance, Grønningen Lighthouse, lies about to the east. The lighthouse has a racon signal, emitting a morse code "O" .
The lighthouse was first built in 1832, but it was rebuilt in 1900. The present 36m tall cylindrical cast iron tower is white with two red bands painted around it. The light sits at an elevation of and it emits two white flashes every 45 seconds. The light is a 1st order Fresnel lens which emits a light with an intensity of 4,401,000 candelas. It can be seen for up to 17.4nmi in all directions. Additionally, there is a secondary light located lower down on the tower that emits a continuous white light at an elevation of above sea level. That light can be seen for up to 12.2nmi only on one side of the lighthouse. Work out when and for how long to visit Oksoy Lighthouse and other Kristiansand attractions using our handy Kristiansand trip planning website.
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  • This is a great place to go with the whole family quit a small island and altho i havent been there in years i dont think it would have changed much.We use to go there every summer soulter... 
    This is a great place to go with the whole family quit a small island and altho i havent been there in years i dont think it would have changed much.We use to go there every summer soulter...  more »
  • Prior to 1832 there was no lighthouse to mark the approach to Kristiansand. The decision was then made to construct a coast light on a skerry called Oksøen. The tower was made of bricks and was 23 metres high. A dwelling house and an outhouse were added to the lighthouse itself. On 25 November 1832 the lighthouse was lit, and a French engineer had mounted a new dioptric apparatus. Oksøy was in fact the first lighthouse in Norway with a dioptric apparatus, and Norway was the third country on a world basis to introduce this system. In 1853 the lantern was replaced by permanent lighting system. From 1860 meteorological observations were performed, and in 1869 a telegraphic cable was constructed. Now the telecommunication company established a semaphore station with a signal mast for day signalling in accordance with the international flag system. The first fog signal came in 1891, and in 1896 the telegraph was replaced by telephone. Around the same time the semaphore station was taken over by the lighthouse service.In1900 a 36 metres high cast iron tower replaced the old brick tower. Nine years later the semaphore station burned down due to a stroke of lightning. During World War 2 the dwelling house was ruined in a fire in which also the lighthouse keeper's wife was killed. The building was replaced with a semi-detached house around 1950. A pilot station was constructed on Oksøy around this time. However, in 1979 the pilot station was relocated to Kristiansand, and 10 years later it was decided that the station should be restored and preserved as a cultural relic. In 1920 the fog siren was replaced with a more powerful system. A new machine house was constructed close to the tower, and the siren itself was placed on the tower roof. In 1929 the navy set up a direction finder by the lighthouse. The lighthouse was also electrified in 1951 when Flekkerøy eventually was supplied with electricity. Radio beacon was introduced in 1964. At present, Oksoy is a bird sanctuary where it is not allowed to travel between 15 April and 15 July. The area is open all year for docking, but the piers are reserved Fyrlagets use. If you want to dock, the Coastal Society must be contacted. Note, in the period 15.4.-15.7 you can only walk on the pier and up the tower.
  • Nice views with heavy Winds. It's a challange to reach the light house in these strong winds..it's a good experience.

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