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A cultural-historical gem in the midst of the wilderness
One of the main attractions in National Park Thy is Lodbjerg Lighthouse, which stands alone in the midst of a vast heath and plantation area. The lighthouse was built in 1883 and first lit on November 28, 1884. The lighthouse tower is 35 meters high, and the light is situated 48 meters above sea level. Access to the lighthouse is available every day, year-round, from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
Lodbjerg Lighthouse once housed three families, each tasked with keeping the lighthouse running 24/7. They each had their own homes within the small lighthouse complex, meticulously organized by rank. In the old rooms of the lighthouse keeper, you can visit the coffee room today, where volunteer hosts welcome visitors and sell coffee/tea, juice, and homemade pastries.
There is also access to an exhibition about the lighthouse keeper's duties beyond keeping the lighthouse light on every night; one of the more surprising tasks was to send birds that had perished from flying into the light to the Zoological Museum in Copenhagen.
In the old chicken house, which is open year-round, there is space to enjoy your packed lunch, warm up by the wood-burning stove, or borrow a backpack with adventure equipment for your excursion. Notice the three old chicken doors on the facade of the house. Even the chicken house was divided into three, to keep track of whose eggs were whose.
Lodbjergvej 33, 7770 Vestervig
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- Opening hours of the lighthouse and exhibition: Open every day, year-round from 7 AM to 9 PM.
- Opening hours of the coffee room: 11 AM to 4 PM during school Easter holidays + daily from May 1 to September 30 + during school autumn holidays.
- Meet the volunteer lighthouse keepers: You can meet the volunteer lighthouse keepers on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM to 4 PM during the same periods that the coffee room is open. The lighthouse keepers are ready to share a story about the lighthouse or answer questions. At 11:30, they invite guests for a small tour of the area, usually located in the courtyard. Reservations cannot be made in advance for visits to the coffee room.
- Facilities at the lighthouse: There are toilets and an accessible toilet at the lighthouse. You can also fill a water bottle before starting your hike along the Redningsvejen trail or one of the many other marked hiking routes from the square in front of the lighthouse.
- Lodbjerg Lighthouse reopened in May 2019 after extensive restoration, serving as a stepping stone to the magnificent nature outside. The renewal of Lodbjerg Lighthouse was achieved through a partnership between National Park Thy, the Nature Agency Thy, and the Municipality of Thisted, with support from Færchfonden, Realdania, the Outdoor Council, and the Nordea Foundation.
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Did You Know
- Lodbjerg Lighthouse is what's known as an approach lighthouse. With its powerful light at night, it assists ships in coastal navigation and sailing in nearby waters. Lodbjerg Lighthouse still shines with two white flashes every night, with 20 seconds between each flash.
- The lighthouse is located one kilometer from the sea because engineers found a solid moraine hill beneath the sand to build on. At that time, in 1883, there was not a single tree to be seen in the area.
- The lighthouse is constructed from Swedish granite from the quarries in Hirsholmene. It was precisely cut into fitted and numbered blocks, which were then sailed through the Limfjorden to Krik Harbor and transported by horse-drawn wagon to Lodbjerg.
- The lighthouse consists of a round conical shaft that is 25 meters tall. The diameter at the bottom is 8.6 meters, and at the top, it is 6.3 meters, with the same number of stones in each row all the way up.
- Originally, the light source for the lighthouse was a four-wick oil lamp. In 1904, it was replaced by a petroleum-driven incandescent burner. Both of these produced a lot of soot and required lighthouse keepers to keep the glass and lenses clean. It wasn't until 1955 that an electric incandescent lamp of 550 W was installed.
- The lighthouse was turned off on April 18, 1940, when seven German soldiers from the occupying force arrived. Over the next few years, the Germans built a breastwork and a range finder support on the lighthouse's upper platform, constructed a crew bunker north of the plantation, a bunker in the backyard, started a tunnel from the bunker to the lighthouse, and mined the entire area with 2,640 mines.
- The lighthouse tilts slightly northwest due to the tunnel work.
- Lodbjerg Lighthouse was designated as a protected monument in 2002.