All the buildings on Lysøen are located on the east side of the island, close to the sea. Most eye-catching of all is Bull’s villa with the former servants’ quarters. By the harbour you’ll also find Gamletunet – an old homestead from the 17th century.
Ole Bull’s summerhouse on Lysøen was constructed in the years 1872-73, and is quite unique in Norwegian architectural history. His “little Alhambra,” as he called it, is considered a high point of Norwegian historicism. With its onion domes and exotic ornamentals both exteriorly and inside the high ceiling of the music hall – all assiduously carved out of Norwegian pine – the villa emerges like a dream of a blue fairytale castle. The villa is open for guided tours. The tour takes you through the music hall, Ole Bull’s bedroom, the ancestors’ gallery, and the sitting rooms below ground.
On the 7 km2 island, you will find gorgeous nature, 13 km of trails covered in crushed seashells, a gazebo, and on the highest point of the island (at 76 meters above sea level), an observation tower erected to the memory of Ole Bull.
Lysøen’s summer season opens on 18 May, with the ferry ‘Ole Bull’ shuttling visitors to the island from Buena dock at Lysekloster. Ole Bull’s villa is open every day and there are guided tours every hour. Every weekend you can join activities such as concerts, nature walks, lectures and treasure hunts.
Welcome to Lysøen – where culture meets nature!