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Slettnes Lighthouse

Foto: og grafikk Arild Fredriksen
Slettnes lighthouse was first lit on September 15th, 1905, after three seasons of work by the work-party from Sunnmøre. During the 2nd World War the station was taken over by the Germans and when they started their retreat in 1944, they tried to demolish the whole station. But the 10 bottom rings of the cast-iron tower remained standing. During the reconstruction after the war, the tower was raised to 39 meters, which is the 5th highest in Norway. As one of the last lighthouses in Norway, Slettnes was de-manned in 2005. The station is owned by the state and protected as a national monument under the Cultural Heritage Act. The Coastal Administration is cooperating with the regional museum to facilitate alternative use of the premises. Guiding the way - The waters outside Slettnes are shallow and known to be dangerous. East of the lighthouse lies Korsbøan where the water is only 2-3 meters deep, 100 meters from land. To the west the sea breaks over Tørrbøan, and even further out there are dangerous sunken rocks. According to “The Norwegian Pilot” one should not come closer to shore than 2 nautical miles in rough weather.