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Stórhöfdi lighthouse turns 100

The 100-year anniversary of Stórhöfdi lighthouse in Vestmannaeyjar islands south of Iceland was celebrated at a special ceremony yesterday. Stórhöfdi is one of the oldest lighthouses in Iceland.

Lighthouse keeper Óskar Jakob Sigurdsson has always lived at Stórhöfdi and has been lighthouse keeper since 1965. He is the only full-time lighthouse keeper left in Iceland. The job of lighthouse keeper at Stórhöfdi has been inherited from father to son for 96 years.

Minister of Transport Sturla Bödvarsson and MPs from the constituency of south Iceland attended the anniversary celebration of Stórhöfdi lighthouse in Vestmannaeyjar yesterday. RÚV reports.

In addition to serving as lighthouse keeper, Sigurdsson undertakes scientific research and bird labeling. He has labeled about 85,000 birds – a world record in bird labeling.

Sigurdsson received a special recognition for his work yesterday. He told RÚV that he was very grateful for it and that he would continue doing his job and label birds until he couldn’t hold the labeling pliers anymore.

Stórhöfdi is the southernmost inhabited area in Iceland, and probably also the windiest.

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