Cultural Heritage in the Baltic Sea States
    Lindesnes, established 1655, is the site of Norway’s oldest light and is one of the last 30 manned lighthouses remaining in Norway. It is currently being developed as Norway’s National Lighthouse Museum. An exhibition and cafe is open for visitors during the summer months.
Pater Noster, Sweden, built 1868. The island is still inhabited by a family who has lived here since the 1960’s. A diving club uses the site and holiday cottages are available to rent. In addition a dedicated group from the local municipality have, with the above, all contributed to the maintenance of the buildings since the light was extinguished in 1977.
The light itself is currently undergoing a thorough restoration with funding from the National Property Board and the local authorities in the area.
By developing the potential of lighthouses e.g. as tourist destinations, we can preserve more of them for posterity. Today many of the lighthouse stations that are no longer operational or have been automated are used as accommodation for walkers, museums, restaurants and cafes, conference centres, guest and pleasure boat harbours, nature centres and bird observation stations. The adoption of new uses can also contribute revenue towards the ongoing maintenance costs of the buildings.
Lindesnes, Norway. © Thor Ivar Hansen.
Pater Noster, Sweden.
© Dan Thunman
Pater Noster, Sweden.
© Jan Norman, National Heritage Board, Sweden.
  © Polish Maritime Museum