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Iceland’s First Concrete Lighthouse in Decay

The condition of the old lighthouse at Sudurflös by Akranes, west Iceland, is poor. Built in 1918, it is the country’s first concrete lighthouse. It is ten meters high and was designed by engineer Thorvald Krabbe. It hasn’t been used since 1947.


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“It is one of the symbols of Akranes and therefore it hurts to see it left to decay,” local inhabitant Hilmar Sigvaldsson told Morgunbladid.

“Almost all the windows have been smashed, all the timber is ruined and its foundations are in a very poor condition. The condition of the lighthouse’s interior is not any better,” Sigvaldsson described.

“I’m trying to raise awareness about the importance of preserving this notable lighthouse,” Sigvaldsson added, pointing out that it is a popular tourist attraction. It was last renovated in 1992.

He has founded a Facebook site called “Björgum gamla vitanum” (“Save the old lighthouse”) in an effort to mobilize others with similar sentiment.


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