TOUGH TO TOP
The lighthouse, Þrídrangaviti, is located off the Westman Islands of Southern Iceland and sits approximately six miles from the shore. Precariously perched on top of a rock pillar surrounded by the raging North Atlantic Ocean, it may be the most isolated lighthouse in the world.
Þrídrangar (or Thridrangar) means “three rock pillars.” The lighthouse was built in 1939, but the footpath to the top of the pillar was built in 1938 by Westman Island mountain climbers. To get on top of the pillar, one climber had to stand on a second man’s shoulders while a third scaled the first two men. Until the advent of helicopters, after World War II, materials and supplies for the lighthouse were delivered by boat and brought up the footpath. Maintenance crews now travel to the lighthouse by air where they land on a tiny helipad in front of the lighthouse.