Red lighthouse in Andenes.

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Andenes Fyr


The town's landmark red lighthouse, automated for many years, opened in 1859 and still shines on. To climb its 40m and 148 steps, arrange a guided tour through the reception at the whale-safari centre. The views from the summit are extraordinary.

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