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Lista Lighthouse & Route 8


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Enjoy a sightseeing drive along Route 8, which runs through the beautiful cultural landscape of Farsund. Then visit the Lista Lighthouse, which offers panoramic views of stunning coastal scenery.
  • Drive Route 8 and experience ‘must see’ spots in the area.

  • Visit the Lista Lighthouse for fantastic panoramic views of the Lista Peninsula and the sea.

  • Guided visit of Lista Lighthouse included, lasting 30 minutes. Introduction of the history of the lighthouse, the biodiversity in the area, and the work of the Lista Bird Observatory.

Route 8 covers spans approximately 26 miles and stretches from the Town Square in Farsund, through the Lista landscape, and out to the beautiful Lista Lighthouse. There, you can look out over miles of sand dunes and pebble beaches. The Lista Lighthouse is a stone tower standing 112 feet tall, which was put into action for the first time on the November 10, 1836. During the Second World War, a bunker system was built around the lighthouse to protect it from Allied Forces. Follow 134 steps to the top of the lighthouse and enjoy the fantastic view of the Lista Peninsula and the sea. Adjacent to the lighthouse is the lighthouse keeper’s residence. This is now used as an art gallery, for concerts, and to host other national and international events.

During your stay, you can also visit the Lista Bird Observatory, which was founded in 1990 and operates daily migration counts in the Lista Lighthouse area. The Lista region has a wide-ranging bird population. They travel from all over the world to feed in Lista during the fall, before making their long journey to Southern Europe. The observatory’s purpose is to document changes in bird populations by monitoring bird migration over time. This observatory is a member-based organization associated with the Norwegian Ornithological Society (Birdlife International partner).

Practical information

  • Language: English.

  • Remarks/requirements: Appropriate clothing, warm layers, and comfortable walking shoes.

  • Walking information: Approximately 110 yards of walking, with some uneven ground and optional steps (134) to the top of the lighthouse.

  • Wheelchair accessible: No.

Penguins perched on the ice of Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Credit: Espen Mills / HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

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