Most unique lighthouses in Denmark
So, you’re looking to discover Denmark from above? Join us in the battle of the best vantage point and start exploring Denmark’s most iconic lighthouses. It will bring you to stunning wind-swept sand dunes, wildflowers, a salty ocean breeze, and some astonishing sunsets.
Ever experienced a lighthouse on roller skates? Now is your chance. Previously standing at the edge of the impressive Rubjerg Knude sand dune, the lighthouse was dangerously close to falling into the sea in the Autumn of 2019. Luckily, a local hero managed to roll the lighthouse 70 metres inland, hereby prolonging the history of this impressive lighthouse and your chance to go see it in person. Go experience impressive views of the North Sea, and feel North Jutland’s wild and windy countryside.
The northernmost and second tallest lighthouse in Denmark was recently turned into the new international centre for migratory birds – and for good reasons. Skagen is known for its migrating birds, making it the perfect vantage point for birdwatching. Originally it was built at the centre of Skagen Odde peninsula but is now closely situated to the coast of Kattegat due to extensive coastal erosion. It might just be a matter of time before we need to contact Kjeld ‘the lighthouse mover’, and bring back the roller skates.
35-metres tall and standing on a 22-metre tall cliff, Hirtshals lighthouse has got quite the view of the Skagerrak strait, located between the northern part of Denmark’s Jutland peninsula and coasts of Norway and Sweden. It’s perfect for admiring the stunning seaside nature of plains and cliffs. While you are here, visit the closely situated WWII Hirtshals Bunker Museum, the buzzing harbour and the friendly fishermen bringing in their freshly caught fish.
Located in North Sealand near the passageway from Kattegat Sea to Isefjord and Roskilde fjord, you’ll discover the charming harbour town of Hundested. This area is a summer favourite amongst us Danes, and calls for a trip along the danish riviera, delicious fresh seafood, and lazy days on the beach.
We hope you are not afraid of heights, because this lighthouse is the tallest one we’ve got. Sitting at 47 metres and located on one of the best beaches in Denmark, visiting Dueodde beach and lighthouse is a must for everyday wonder enthusiasts alike. Feel the fine white sand under your feet, go for a swim in the clear water, and climb the 196 steps to the top of the lighthouse for stunning views of the ocean and the southernmost landscape of Bornholm.
Situated on the east coast of Funen, Knudshoved Lighthouse calls for a stopover, especially if you're here on a cycling holiday, completing the N8 cycle route. Here you’ll have views over the Great Belt Bridge with a chance to enjoy a relaxing picnic at one of the table and bench sets available in the surrounding area. If that’s not enough for your adventurous spirit, travel further inland a pay a visit to nearby medieval Nyborg Castle.
On the pier of Lynæs harbour lies a little lighthouse, which has guided ships and boats alike to a safe return since 1952. Explore the charming seaside of this idyllic fishing village and taste the daily catch of fresh fish at one of the local seafood restaurants. If you are looking for something a little more thrilling, take advantage of the windy conditions and go kite or wind surfing, or kayak out to one of Denmark’s most stunning wild shelters. Simply look for the lighthouse upon your return at dusk.
Climb the winding stairs of Denmark’s youngest lighthouse for breath-taking panoramic views of the North Sea, Ringkøbing Fjord, and the surrounding rolling sand dunes. Follow that up with a stroll down to the beach, up the dunes, or visit the café, shop and exhibition inside the lighthouse master house. Hint: Visiting for sunset might provide you with pink sunset skies, and is perfect for an evening picnic during summer.
Built in 1878, at the tallest point of Stevns Klint, Stevns Lighthouse was used to keep an eye on the ships which passed through Danish water at the time of the Cold War. Go explore the significant chalk and limestone cliffs, from which the lighthouse was built, or go underground and explore the dark corridors of Stevnsfort Cold War Museum.
Bellevue beach lighthouses
If you’re looking for a lighthouse experience close to Copenhagen, this is it! On Bellevue Beach, just a bike ride north of Copenhagen, you’ll find two blue striped lighthouses on the piers of the beach. Designed by Danish architect Arne Jacobsen, and situated with views across Øresund and Sweden, it’s no wonder this place is a favourite amongst locals. Visit the beach at night, when the sky is clear and the lighthouses are shining bright, for stunning night-time views.
Located a few hundred metres from the sea, this colourful lighthouse was built to prevent shipwrecks off the west coast of Jutland. Today, the lighthouse provides stunning views of the sea, the coastal landscape, and grazing horses in the adjacent fields. Venture down to the beach and discover the forces of nature, which have eroded the coast and created steep cliffs, unveiling cross-sectional layers from the last two ice ages.
Travel to Denmark’s westernmost point and visit Blåvandshuk lighthouse. Climbing the lighthouse’s 170 stairs will lead to an 18-metre incline, providing astonishing views of the coastal landscape, including sand dunes, heaths, and the Horns Reef offshore windmill farm - noticeable out over the sea. You might even get lucky enough to spot seals, sunbathing on the banks of the shore.
Lodbjerg fyr is a hidden pearl in Thy National Park. From the top of the lighthouse you can see several kilometres of the route ‘Vestkyststien’ and enjoy the view of the wild North Sea. It’s closely situated to Cold Hawaii, and fishing towns Stenbjerg and Agger. On your visit, head out into the wild, windswept dunes and twisted forests, and explore the parks’ trails on foot, by bike or horseback.
Originally the lighthouse guided ships to and from the port of Aarhus. Now, it houses exhibitions covering everything from historical navigational equipment to marine life, and the local geology. Climb to the top of the lighthouse, and get a good viewpoint to spot some of the porpoises in the Bay of Aarhus, or venture further north for a hillside hike up to a German radar tower from the Second World War, which now serves as a great vantage point for astonishing views of the Mols Bjerge National Park.