Lindesnes was created as a new municipality on the first of January in the year 1964. It has a long coastline in the south and the lighthouse of Lindesnes stands at the southernmost point of Norway’s mainland.
The oldest form of the name comes from Norse Lioandi. The name stems from lioa that means lead/go to the end. The meaning likely just translates to mean the end. A later name was lioandisnes, and nes means headland. In traditional English the name is simply Naze.
The lighthouse was built in the year 1915. It was built where the first lighthouse of Norway once stood in 1655. The peninsula where Lindesnes is located shows a distinct change in the landscape among the gently rounded islands and the small fjords found in the east and the longer fjords that are located in the west. The western area also has islets that are more barren and mountains that are quite wild looking.
It is at this point that the North sea and the Skagerrak meet, at times with great force. Often, this is one of the roughest areas on the south coast. There are times when the water in this area is quite calm and even inviting. There are 2 smaller harbors located on the southeast side of the peninsula where sailors can gain shelter to weather out the worst of the storms.
Lindesnes Photo Gallery
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