Lighthouse living

lighthouse living

Tree houses, ice hotels, 747s, caves and grottos, houses made of cow dung, caravans, sheep sheds, the beach,… I do like quirky sleeps, though it has been a while, meaning I’ve shoddy or no photos, so I haven’t covered many here on Sophie’s World. That’s about to change.

If you’ve poked around on this blog a bit, you will also have seen that I adore lighthouses. And thanks to adventurous colleagues in a former job, I’ve been lucky enough to spend the night in one. Instead of choosing an ordinary business hotel in say London, the organising committee for an annual internal seminar chose Landegode lighthouse in Nordland, in the Arctic.

Landegode lighthouse is situated on an islet near Landegode Island, a few kilometres off the coast of Bodø, the first proper city above the Arctic Circle. If you’ve seen photos of the midnight sun – or the elusive Northern Lights – chances are good they were taken at Landegode. Not only did my colleagues choose this fabulous location for our meeting, we also arrived there in style; no, not by helicopter, but in rough Norwegian style, by ocean rafting in the freezing waters of the Arctic. Super fast and super fun.

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The islet houses nothing but the lighthouse buildings. That, and birds, views and beautiful sunsets.

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Sunset at around 11pm. This was May, so a bit early for the midnight sun.

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Beers at dusk:
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I don’t have any pictures from inside the lighthouse. Before I began blogging, I wasn’t in the habit of photographing absolutely everything. However, the accommodations were nice enough, nothing luxurious, but clean and comfortable, indoor plumbing’n’all. We stayed in the lighthouse keeper’s cottage.

Want to try a little lighthouse living yourself?

Landegode fyr, Nordland

If you’re on your own, you can’t stay at Landegode, that’s only for groups. No worries, though: Norway’s long, ruggedly gorgeous coastline is dotted with lighthouses and 60 of them offer accommodation, from the soft, rolling landscape of the south, to the windswept shores of 70 degrees north, and many others in between.

At some lighthouses, you’ll be all on your lonesome on a solitary rock in the middle of the North Sea. At others, you might share space (not sleeping space… unless you want to) with the local community, as in hanging at the pub with local fishermen with a sense of humour as rough as the landscape (think Australian). Not for the overly sensitive.

I’m frequently at Lista in southern Norway, and we usually make a point of visiting the lighthouse there. Lista lighthouse is now open for sleepovers, so we might give that a try this summer. Will keep you posted.

Have you ever slept in a lighthouse? Do you want to?

6 Responses to “Lighthouse living”

  1. A Cook Not Mad (Nat) 15 April 2013 1608 #

    I’d love to sleep in a light house, or anywhere near water, clean and quiet are my only requirements.
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  2. Nancy D. Brown 15 April 2013 2304 #

    Sophie,

    Do you know about Molja Lighthouse in Alesund, Norway? You can spend the night here!

    http://www.nancydbrown.com/2010/10/15/best-things-to-do-in-alesund-norway.html

  3. Emily of Roads Less Traveled 16 April 2013 0229 #

    I haven’t slept in a lighthouse, but I grew up with a friend who lived in one. What a cool little house it was! I have an ancestor who was a lighthouse keeper on an island off the northern Massachusetts coast in the US in the late 1800’s. Fun – but those winters — brrrr!!!!

    His preference for quirky sleeps must have rubbed off on me, because I ran off with my husband 6 years ago to live in an RV. After 3 years on the road (with crazy sleeps in all kinds of odd places (but always in our own bed), we bought a sailboat!

    We’ve taken our sailboat up and down the entire Pacific coast of Mexico — and had lots and LOTS of quirky sleeps. And sometimes NO sleep when the ocean gets a little rough!!

    My hubby said he’d be happy to live with me in a shoebox if he had to. Little did he know what kinds of shoeboxes I’d come up with!! Nevermind the bizarre sleeping — try taking a shower at sea in a sailboat!!! (a funny story here: http://roadslesstraveled.us/sailing-mexico-showering-is-like-a-carnival-ride/).

    Thanks for a great post.

  4. Andrea 17 April 2013 1717 #

    Gorgeous photos!
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  5. Leigh 18 April 2013 2158 #

    I love the idea of some quirky sleeps. This summer when I’m in Nova Scotia I’m hoping for an overnight in a lighthouse. These places always have such a lonely, desolate air about them – but that’s part of the attraction.
    Leigh recently posted..100 Places to Visit in Canada This Summer

  6. Mellisa Turner 5 December 2013 0719 #

    Beautiful picture of sunset ! I like your idea of spending vacation in a lighthouse. It is lovely.

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