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 Kjølnes Lighthouse

Berlevåg is a municipality in Finnmark county. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Berlevåg. There are two settlements in the municipality of Berlevåg: the village of Berlevåg and the village of Kongsfjord (with approximately 45 inhabitants). Almost all residents in the municipality live in the village of Berlevåg.

Berlevåg Airport is located just outside the village of Berlevåg. County Road 890 runs through Berlevåg, connecting it to the neighboring municipalities, and the rest of Norway.

Facing rough ocean conditions, the four man-made breakwaters that protect the harbor of Berlevåg have been destroyed several times due to bad weather. The current breakwaters include tetrapods that intertwine and have made for a flexible breakwater that can resist the Barents Sea. The port was completly secured with breakwaters in 1973. Since then, the Coastal Steamer (Hurtigruta´s) has been able to dock in Berlevåg. Prior to that time, a smaller vessel had to unload cargo and passengers from it in the open sea and then ferry them in to the port.

Kjølnes Lighthouse is a coastal lighthouse located on the Varanger Peninsula along the Barents Sea, about 5 kilometres east of the village of Berlevåg. The lighthouse was established in 1916, destroyed during World War II, rebuilt in 1949, and automated in 1994. It was listed as a protected site in 1998. The lighthouse has been used as a guest house/rental cottage since 1994 when it was automated and the keepers house was no longer occupied.

The white, square, concrete tower is 22 metres tall and it has a round red lantern on top that emits three white flashes every 40 seconds. The light has an intensity of 290,000 candelas and it can be seen for up to 15 nautical miles. The light is on from 12 August until 24 April each year. The light is off during the summer due to the midnight sun.

The sea and the islands along this part of Finnmark´s coastline are home for thousands of seabirds. As well as the large seabird colonies with thousands of nesting birds, there are also areas of unspoiled nature consisting of mountains, moorlands, and marshes. This enables birdwatching in a natural environment.

Regardless of the time of year you visit - with the mystical midnight sun, a spectacular thunderstorm or the magical Northern Lights.

More info about Berlevåg at Wikipedia.

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