We start our scenic road tour by bus from Farsund pier and proceed west on Route 8 through the beautiful cultural landscape of this far south-western Norwegian municipality. There is something for everyone here!
Route 8 is approximately 26 miles, and stretches from Farsund´s town square and pier, along the fjord, through dairy pastures and past sandy beaches to Lista Lighthouse.
You experience all of the "must-see" checkpoints along the way.
At the lighthouse, we stop for approximately two hours. Lista Lighthouse is a 100 foot tall stone tower first lit in November 1836 to guide mariners around the treacherous rocky coastline of South-West Norway. During the Second World War, a bunker system was built around the lighthouse by occupying German forces to protect it from an Allied attack.
Follow the 134 steps to the top of the tower and enjoy a fantastic view of Lista peninsula and the North Sea. Adjacent to the lighthouse is an art gallery, information centre and ornithological station.
There is also a museum, shop and bird watching display at the lighthouse.
The Lista region has one of the highest populations of different bird species in Norway. They travel from all over the world to feed at Lista in autumn, before making their long seasonal journey to southern parts of Europe. During our stop, you may visit Lista Bird Observatory. Founded in 1990, the observatory belongs to a member-based organisation associated with the Norwegian Ornithological Society (Birdlife International partner) and conducts daily bird migration counts in the Lista Lighthouse area. Its purpose is to document the development of bird populations by monitoring bird migration over time. You are also welcome to visit Kunstpunkt Lista – an art gallery in the old lighthouse keeper's residence. The gallery hosts exhibitions, concerts and other national and international happenings.
We then return by bus to the pier in Farsund where our tour ends.