Norway's most southerly point on the main land, 2,518 km from North Cape. Ever since medieval times, the Lindesnes headland has been one of the most important landmarks guiding ships sailing between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. As they sailed between Skagerrak and the North Sea, ships were forced to keep close to the Norwegian coast, where pilots could guide them in bad weather. Sailors avoided the shallow Jammerbukta on the Danish coast, as it offered no natural shelter from bad weather. At the end of the 16th century the Norwegian priest and historian Peder Claussøn Friis described Lindesnes as "the headland known to all sailors". Once they caught sight of this distinctive landmark they could easily plan the rest of their voyage along the coast.
There is a visitors’ car park at the lighthouse. At the entrance, you will find a service building with ticket office, museum shop, tourist information and public toilets. The foundation Stiftelsen Lindesnes Fyrmuseum is responsible for managing the lighthouse as a national heritage site and making it accessible to visitors. The foundation is a not-for-profit organisation and the income from visitors is spent on maintaining and developing the lighthouse as a sightseeing attraction.
Information plaques tell you what life was like at the lighthouse over the years. The lighthouse tower is open to the public, and there are binoculars that let you enjoy the coastline in detail.
The "Landmarks" exhibition in the old lighthouse keeper’s residence features the operations of the coast guard, navigation history and the development of Lindesnes lighthouse and lighthouse technology in general.
Another exhibition, on nature and biodiversity, opened in 2003.