Rubjerg Knude lighthouse was first lit in December 1900. It is positioned on top of Lønstrup Klint (cliff) and is 60 metres above sea level.
Shifting sands and coastal erosion are a serious problem in this area. The coast erodes on average 1.5 metres a year which meant the lighthouse had to cease operation in 1968.
On Wednesday 14th August 2019 (last week) work was started to move the lighthouse 80 metres back from the cliff edge. If the light house wasn’t moved then in 5-10 years time it will fall off the cliffs edge.
It will take approximately 6 months to build a new foundation. The lighthouse will then be jacked up and moved 80 metres along on two tracks that will be constructed of steel plates and rails will be laid out on top of the steel plates. The lighthouse will then be pulled to the new position by means of ‘roller skates’, jacks and hydraulics.
It was a very windy day and as we walked up the sand dunes you could feel the wind blasting the sand up.
The dunes are vast and stunning. Although it was so windy we could hardly face it to take pictures. Selfies were definitely out of the question.
There’s plenty of parking available for motorhomes so it was easy to visit this stunning location. We decided to walk up the sand dunes, if you don’t fancy the walk there is a tractor bus available to take you up to the lighthouse.