For centuries, lighthouses have served as the shepherds of the sea, lighting up a safe maritime pathway from sea to harbour. Until quite recently, the lighthouse keepers and their families ensured the lights stayed on in what was their home. They lived an unusual life where sea meets land, bearing the brunt of the elements in their very being. Life could be extremely peaceful on good days, but at times, giant waves would rain down upon the lighthouse, adding a dramatic twist to everyday life. Modern technology has done away with the need for lighthouse keepers. However, most lighthouses are still standing, lighting the way; some are tall and majestic, while others are more like large cabins with powerful outdoor lighting. Today, it is possible to visit many of the disused lighthouse stations in Rogaland and Vest-Agder. Some even provide overnight accommodation. These lighthouses are living testimony, connecting unique stories from a bygone age and an altogether different way of life.
Rogaland and Vest-Agder more than pull their weight when it comes to lighthouses in Norway, and Lindesnes lighthouse and Tungenes lighthouse are both particularly distinguished in this regard. Today, Lindesnes lighthouse and Tungenes lighthouse are both part of the Norwegian Coastal Authority museums – Kystverkmusea – along with Dalsfjord lighthouse museum and Lofoten museum.