People have been living here since the Stone Age. You may see fifteen Stone Age pits or sites at the island. A
boat tomb from Iron Age is also hiding in the landscape on Little island – Litløya.
The heyday on these two islands on the edge of the open sea was in the 1800s. It was the fish which
encouraged people to move out here. When the fishermen were dependent on oars and arm power to fish, it was
important to live as close to the fishing fields as possible. This is the reason why people established on Little island – Litløya.
If you take time to walk the cultural path on the island, you’ll see more traces from people who have been living here. Littleisland Lighthouse – Litløy fyr, was first lit in October 1912. It is a coastal lighthouse covering the sea between Skomvær in southern Lofoten and Andenes in the north of Vesterålen. It had an altitude of 55.5 meters and a range of 20 nautical miles. The white light flashed once every 15 seconds.
The lighthouse keepers’ premises were built to accommodate two lighthouse keepers and their families, as well as one bachelor. The residence was renovated in the 1950s and the 1980s.
Voluntary work at the lighthouse:
The work tasks are varied and can be adapted to your capabilities. Helping hands are needed to do some digging, tearing down and renovation. They need artists, inspired chefs, carpenters, plumbers and more!
They expect people to work 6 hours a day, 6 days a week. In return you'll get your own room, food, transport by boat from Bø, and of course the unique experience to reside near a lighthouse here up north, in an international environment.
Littleisland Lighthouse is a dot on the map – a small detail in a huge universe. A heart on mother earth. Here you may feel the strong forces of nature. Recharge your batteries.
The dream is that Littleisland Lighthouse shall be a meeting place for exchange between people, ourselves and nature.