The lonesome Lodbjerg Lighthouse in Thy National Park

Lodbjerg Lighthouse, Thy National Park, North West Coast of Jutland, Denmark
It was on one of those uplifting days in January that we went from the east coast of Jutland and drove for two hours straight before making it on the opposite northern coast to Thy National Park. There in the heart of the large heath and plantation area of Denmark's oldest and biggest national park, stands the 35 meter tall lighthouse by the name Lodbjerg Lighthouse in all solitude among his forest friends of scots pines and other trees. Our visit to this lonesome lighthouse had been in delay for months as we were suppose to go here during summer last year but we never got around to it. That day, however, seemed like the perfect day to take off to this wild and windy part of the Danish West Coast as winter for once showed signs of blue sky and mild weather. At first the long drive felt a little disencouraging as we knew the early sunset would leave us with only few hours of daylight to visit the area. Nevertheless, all of our concerns were erased as soon as we arrived and enthusiasm immediately blossomed within us.
Lodbjerg Lighthouse is open daily and for a small fee guests can climb the stairs and witness what is hidden behind the narrow wooden door at the top. Nothing less than a great view of all-embracing dune heats, stretching to the very border where land meets ocean, revealed itself in front of us as we went upstairs and gazed across the west coast. The sun was trying to beat its way through a small cluster of clouds and it was only a matter of time before it would succeed and give way to hues of gold shimmering on the crusty landscape. We both stood waiting for that exact moment as long as we could, but the ice cold wind blew harder than expected, forcing us to quickly retreat back inside. Our shivering cold fingers begged for a small tea break before we marched out into the open dune heats to catch the light, we felt was coming.
Walking between the dunes we talked about the past few winters and how winter behaviour certainly is not what it used to be. Our childhood memories strongly recall landscapes blanketed in snow - not for the entire season but at least for more than two days. Lately it seems that these wintery images will be limited to scrapbook collections and "back in the days"-stories past down to coming generations. Winter has once again delighted us with it's schizophrenic behaviour: One day the weather is moody and dull, the next it is boosting with warmth. My expectations of snow has gone down to below zero percent. Today I was certainly caught by surprise - suddenly snowflakes came dancing from the sky. These angelic crystals gracefully settled themselves in the golden dune heaths, but not for long, quickly they disappeared again. For five minutes we stood in ecstatic wonder and watched how the snow magically drizzled over the landscape. Both of us felt pure joy from the visual stimuli that suddenly appeared around us. It is funny what emotions snowfall can provoke. I become like a baffled kid and I swear, it gets me every time.
As we were marching towards the sea we suddenly became suspicious of a well-defined sandy edge that came before us - a steep eroded sand cliff appeared. This is the very effects of wind, water and sand carving and shaping the land through millions of years. Cautiously we neared the ridge and as we got closer, images of cliff collapsing and me tumbling into the lower coastal floor filled my head. The storming sea was just down there, but it had to wait. Later on we drove over to Agger beach, where we most certainly were not seperated from the water - but that is another story. We climbed one of the taller dunes and watched how the waves came raging in and felt the vigorous wind pushing our bodies, attempting to blow us off the edge. Before heading back to Lodbjerg Lighthouse we gathered in the grass, seeking cover from the hard wind and to defrost our frozen fingers once again. The sun accompanied us and as we thought the view could not get any better, a rainbow was vaguely painted in the sky and the windblown grass became bathed in an intensified golden glow.

Thank you winter, for behaving so nicely that day.

11 comments:

  1. Super obsessed with all these photos <3

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    1. You're so sweet Veera!!! It was a quite spectacular day with the sun turning the grass-covered dunes into a sea of gold! <3<3

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  2. Hvor er det bare et skønt indlæg, piger! Og jeres billeder er jo som altid fantastiske! Det var dette indlæg, som vi snakkede om for nogle dage siden, ikke? Jeg synes, at i har gjort det rigtig godt! Og nu har jeg lyst til at tage en tur ud til Thy - måske en gang til sommer! :D

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    1. Åhh tak Melissa <3 Det var netop dette indlæg vi havde kæmpet lidt med, da det oprindeligt skulle have været i to dele. I stedet slog vi det hele sammen og fik stykket en fin tekst til. Dette var første gang vi besøgte Thy men bestemt ikke den sidste! Måske vi ses deroppe i løbet af sommeren? :)

      Ps. Vi har kigget lidt på billetter til Færøerne. Hæhæh, lad os se hvad det bliver til!

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    2. Fedt, gør det. Denne billedserie er fantastisk, intet mindre. Tag evenetuel turen fra Thyborøn med færgen nordpå og kør langs vesterhavet helt op til Klitmøller og Hanstholm; men husk, at en ting er havet. En anden ting er den øvrige del af nationalparken. Eksempelvis to store badesøer, Vandet- og Nors sø. Der kan jeg i øvrigt tale for et sommebesøg ved Nors Sø. Det er absolut en af de bedste badesøer, som Danmark har at tilbyde og så midt i en nationalpark :)

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    3. Tak for de gode tips, MSK! Vi skal helt sikkert tilbage og vandre rundt inde i nationalparken. Der florerer så mange gudeskønne billeder fra Thy National Park rundt på nettet, så nu bliver vi simpelthen nødt til at opleve naturen med vores egne øjne :) Vi må lige få taget et kig på Vandet- og Nors sø. Det kunne være fint med en forfriskende dukkert efter en god dags vandring i området :D

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  3. Those photographs are really great. I'm starting to love these Danish landscapes, it is so beautiful. And some of those images reminded me about the Namib desert, you know, the dunes meeting the ocean. So amazing. And another thing I noticed is that the National Park looks so deserted.?

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    1. Whaat Amal! Only starting to love? Haha - we need to show you more of Denmark then ;) I can see why you get associations to the Namib desert after seeing our pictures as the coastlines look kind of a like. The general landscape in the National Park is quiet flat; some parts resembles that of a desert while others have more vegetation. When you visit Denmark you'll notice that a great part of our little country is somewhat deserted, hehe :)

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    2. Haha, that's what I was hoping for :-D You know, geographically Denmark is so different from other Nordic countries, that's why I said that. :-)

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  4. What a lovely scenery to visit, enjoyed your story

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    1. Thanks Corrine :) I almost doubt we could have picked a better winter day to visit this place! With both snow flakes falling from the sky and the sun painting the dune heats into a sea of gold, we were able to catch Denmark showing off her most beautiful side <3

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