What can be found on coastlight.net

“Digital attraction” When you open coastlight.net you will see a map with some icons. By clicking on the “Digital attraction” icon an image is opened of the selected place. If you click on the image you will be taken to a page that containes text, images and one or more films telling the stories of the selected place.


The “Lighthouse” icon always marks a lighthouse. By clicking on the icon you will find text, photos and some times films about the selected lighthouse and its history.

The “Clapperboard” icon is used to mark a collection of thematic films relevant to a larger geographical area.

The “Canal” icon is used to mark man made channels in the sea and canals built in rivers and lakes.


Check boxes for more content

In the upper left corner of the map there are 3 check boxes marked:”“Cultural heritage”, “Navigation”and “Names”. By clicking on the check box “Names”, names are shown for all icons on the map.

By checking the box “Cultural heritage” all cultural heritages registered in the service are shown on the map with the green “K” icon. Cliking on one of the Cultural heritage icons shows an image of the cultural heritage site. By clicking on the image you are taken to a page presenting the selected cultural heritage site through photo(s) and text.

By checking the box named “Navigation” all registered “Aids to navigation”, seamarks and ports are shown on the map. The “Aids to navigation” and seamarks are represented by the blue “i” icon. Our work with registration of “Aids to navigation” and seamarks is a “work in progress”. In some areas just a few items are registered, but in other geographical areas the registrations are more complete. One important thing: Never use the Coastlight map and registrations of “Aids to navigation” for navigation at sea.

All registered ports and harbours in the Coastlight service are represented by the brown “Anchor” icon. Here you can find the histories of fishing ports, commercial ports, piers and old outports.

“Content” and “Search”

A search field is always available at the top of the page. The search function searches through all registered metadata in the service. The hit list for the activated search is presented both as icons on the map and as photos with names under the map. By clicking on an image or icon you are taken to the page presenting that icon or image.

By clicking on “Content” you get access to the advanced search function, like keyword search and specialised searches. All hits on theses searches are presented both as icons on the map and as photos with names under the map. By clicking on an image or icon you are taken to the page presenting that icon or image.

GPS and digital map functions

If you use a smartphone or tablet with built in GPS the coastligt.net service can show you where you are on the map. By clicking on the the icon for GPS position, a red icon marks your position on the map.

By clicking on this icon you can make the map as big as possible on the screen. By clicking the icon one more time you are taken back to normal map view.

Coastlight.net – Who is behind the Coastlight.net service?

Coastlight.net has been developed by Lindesnes Lighthouse Museum. The service is now run by five museums cooperating within Kystverkmusea: Jærmuseet, Stiftinga Sunnmøre Museum, Museum Nord and Museene for Kystkultur og Gjenreising i Finnmark. Coastlight.net is the english language version of the Norwegian service “Kystreise.no”. The goal of Coastlight.net is to tell the stories of lighthouses, other aids to navigation and maritime history through films, photos and text. These stories are linked to their geographical position through the use of digital maps. The Coastlight.net service can be used on smartphones, tablets and PC/Mac machines. Our target audiences are tourists and people travelling, students and schools, museums and the general public interested in  maritime history. The use of the service is free, (except for the users possible mobile data charges).

 Norgesfilm AS has developed the technological platform.

The development of kystreise.no and coastlight.net has been financed by Lindesnes Lighthouse Museum, The Norwegian Coastal administration, Arts Council Norway, The Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage, The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries, The Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, The County of Vest-Agder and Sørlandets kompetansefond.

Publishing editor of coastlight.net and kystreise.no is director Espen Frøysland, Lindesnes Lighthouse Museum. Each page names the institution responsible for publishing the content; films, photos and text, on the page.

We appreciate all feed back on the service coastlight.net. Please mail to kystreise@gmail.com.

Licensing and re-use of the coastlight.net content

Content produced for the coastlight.net/kystreise.no services are licensed for use under  Creative Commons v. 3.0 (BY-ND) and can be re-used by others under the licensing rules CC (BY-ND). The coastlight.net service also includes content which is owned by the creator. This content, which is marked with “Copyright” and the name of the copyright owner, can not be re-used without permission and agreement with the owner of the copyright.

Creative Commons licensing does not include the digital maps and technological platform for the digital maps (See link to Google Maps/Earth Terms of Service in the lower right corner of the map)