Lyngby is situated so far out in the dunes that it is almost as if you have reached the end of the world. If you continue through the village and further west you will come to a winding road that takes you to the coastal slope and the beach.

The lifeboat house

In the middle of the village is the old lifeboat house, which has been converted into a primitive place to spend the night. The lifeboat station was built in 1882. Initially, the station only had a rocket device which could be used in salvage operations from the beach, but from 1920-1946 the fishing village had a lifeboat. The station was closed in 1975. The old rescue road, running both north and south of Lyngby, was established for rescue workers, so they could help the shipwrecked. Today the road is part of the Vestkyststien hiking route. If you want to spend the night in the lifeboat house, please contact Niels Peter Jakobsen, who lives in the house just across the lifeboat house.


Settlers in the dunes

Lyngby arose in 1864 when six families from the Agger area decided to move. They migrated to the north where they settled on a heather plain in Hvidbjerg Klit. Here was land to cultivate and they were sheltered from the sea dunes, but still close enough to the sea to be able to fish. It is told that on arrival one of the wives exclaimed: »We have walked straight into Heaven«.

More families moved to the area in the following years. The primary employment was fishing. The landing conditions at Lyngby were not good, so in the early 1930s breakwaters were built to break the waves and the strong current. However, it was still difficult to fish off the coast of Lyngby, and eventually the fishermen moved their activities to the harbour of Thyborøn.

Tourists were already flocking to Lyngby in the period between the First World War and the Second World War. People were not drawn to the village due its modern conveniences, since electricity was not installed until 1965. Many people moved away in the 1970s. Today the village only has very few permanent residents, and the old houses are very popular as holiday homes for those who want to enjoy the tranquillity and the beautiful countryside. Qualities that the area around Lyngby can still offer.

The German battery

During the Second World War, the Germans built a shore battery with several bunkers and gun sites north of Lyngby. The bunkers and trenches have been well preserved. The battery was manned with 100-150 men, and the small community in Lyngby could not avoid being affected by the new and rather close neighbours. As in so many other places, the local population had to live in the presence of the Germans, and some even managed to have a nice time with the occupation forces. From Lyngby, there are reports that the German soldiers enjoyed playing with the local children.

Lyngby heath

Lyngby is surrounded by large undisturbed dune heaths, and often you can walk around the dunes for hours without meeting other people. Red deer and roe deer graze between the dunes, and the crane breed in humid hollows towards the plantations to the east. For this reason, there is no access east of the rescue road from 1 April to 15 July.