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Lighthouses in North Jutland

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Experience the culture and history up close. Along the coast of North Jutland, you will find some of the most iconic lighthouses in Denmark. 

Before the Danish lighthouse department was established in 1560, by King Frederik II, the sea was a scary place when darkness fell - captains had to sail in the blind, without a GPS or a mark of port and other dangerous areas. The skills and knowledge of the sailors were put to the test of darkness on a sea only illuminated by the starry sky. The establishment of the lighthouse department in 1560 was a significant step towards safe waters.

The first task of the Lighthouse Department was to mark the sea route between Skagen and Falsterbro in Sweden, a task they solved with three lighthouses - but far from the same kind of lighthouses, we know today. At that time, a lighthouse was just bonfire on a high iron platform.

In 1627, Denmark's first bascule light in Skagen was built because of the many shipwrecks on the west coast and around Grenen and its dangerous reefs. When the bascule lighthouse was lit up and raised, the flame could be seen at 10 nautical mile distance at normal visibility, a clear improvement over traditional lighthouses, which could only be seen from 2.5-3 nautical miles. The bascule light quickly became a success and other cities followed quickly. Today there is a true copy of the bascule light in Skagen. In Skagen, you will also find one of the 11 protected navigation marks, located along the North Sea. You can also learn more about life at the coast at Skagen Coast Museum or explore the landscape that inspired Skagen painters.

The modern lighthouses we see today still help navigate sailers around the coastlines and reefs. The lighthouses of the past century are often huge and beautiful constructions which adorn the coastline and the landscape of North Jutland. Modern lighthouses are often steel masts with flickering lights, but on this page, you will find some of the most beautiful lighthouses in Denmark.

Lighthouses in North Jutland

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Det Grå Fyr (Lighthouse)
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Det Grå Fyr (Lighthouse)

The grey lighthouse, Det Grå Fyr, was built in 1858.

The lighthouse, which is 46 m high, is Denmark’s second tallest, the honour for the tallest being taken by Dueodde Fyr on Bornholm, which is one m...

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Det Hvide Fyr (The White Lighthouse)
Photo: Claus Bruun

Det Hvide Fyr (The White Lighthouse)

In 1747 the bascule light was replaced by "Det Hvide Fyr", which was initially fired by coal, before a lantern was later used.

It was designed by leading architect of the age, Philip de Lange, and wa...

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Hanstholm Lighthouse
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Hanstholm Lighthouse

Hanstholm Lighthouse was the first lighthouse in Denmark and for a period the world's most powerful.

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Hirtshals Fyr (Lighthouse)
Photo: Hirtshals Turistbureau/Feriehusudlejning

Hirtshals Fyr (Lighthouse)

Discover Hirtshals' beautiful landmark, which with its 35 meters proudly glows over the town. From the top of the lighthouse there are beautiful views of the west coast, the sea and the town. Learn mo...

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Læsø Rende Fyr
Photo: Bondo Andersen

Læsø Rende Fyr

Læsø Rende Fyr first came into being in 1965

Løgstør Grunde Fyr (lighthouse)
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Løgstør Grunde Fyr (lighthouse)

The lighthouse in Løgstør was build in 1908 and heightened again in 1910.

The lighthouse is a bit special in comparison to other lighthouses. instead of just one tower, this lighthouse has two. You c...

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Nordre Rønner Fyr
Photo: Læsø Turistbureau

Nordre Rønner Fyr

Nordre Rønner Fyr

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Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse

In North Jutland, on the edge of the North Sea, you will find the famous lighthouse of Rubjerg Knude. The lighthouse was moved 70 metres inland in October 2019, to secure it from erosion, caused by the North Sea.

 

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