The name Pikesten (Girl’s Rock) probably stems from a local girl who became involuntarily pregnant in the 1800s and threw herself into the ocean here.
The Pikesten lighthouse is located on Asmaløy island at the entrance to the Asmal sound and constitutes a local eye catcher with a characteristic silhouette of implanted pine trees, and a nice pebbled beach on the shore east of the sound. The area has pebbles and rocks around the headland by the Pikesten lighthouse. The Hvaler morraine ends in the ocean here. Here you can sit well into the wee hours of the night and watch as the sun sets on the horizon.
If you need to excercise, the area has a lot of footpaths worn into the terrain by centuries of traffic, and is thus excllent for jogging in this open, distinctive and beautiful landscape. The area at Pikesten lighthouse is also perfect if you want to enjoy the power of the ocean when the autumn storms appear.
You can see the Hvaler moraine a little east of Pikesten lighthouse. The moraine is the result of rocks and gravel that was pushed in front of the glacier. 12,000 to 14,000 years ago the sea level was much higher and the moraine was therefore deposited under water by masses pushing gravel and rocks in front of them. The glacier then retracted, and the masses were left on the seabed with a steep slope to the north and a gentle slope facing south. Then the uplift began and consequently the creation of the landscape around Pikesten and Brattestø. The pines on the moraine are characteristic for this area, and is one of the best beacons we have for this part of the coast. Whether you arrive from the south or the west, or by car across the Asmaløy bridge, the dark forest looks like and old castle from a distance.
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