Monday, 31 January 2011

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM NORWAY

By 1878 it became evident that the lighthouses at Oksøy and Odderøya were not sufficient for safe navigation in the difficult and highly trafficked waters of the Kristiansand fjord. The Grønningen Lighthouse was erected on a small skerry in the entrance to Kristiansandsfjorden, about 3 km (2 mi) south of Fidje. The 14 m (46 ft) square cylindrical masonry tower is attached to a 1-1/2 story masonry keeper's house and the buildings are well preserved. It is fully automated with a modern fog warning device and a third order lens. Today, the lighthouse is used as a hostel in the summer months for day visits and overnight stays.
Norway issued on June 19th, 1996 two stamps commemorating the centennary of the Norwegian Railway Museum, one of the oldest established railway museums in the world. The 3.00k stamp depicts the locomotive “Urskog” built by the German firm of Richard Hartmann in 1895 and its carriages are from the Urskog-Høland line.

The Norwegian wildlife stamp series has been used since 2006 and is one of the favourite series among collectors. The 10.50 NOK stamp depicts the Aortic Fox (Vulpes lagopus) issued on March 29th, 2006.

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