The Ultimate Guide to Lyngvig Lighthouse

Have you visited Lyngvig Fyr, also known as the Lyngvig Lighthouse, yet? The western coast of Denmark is really something special and looks nothing like the regions more commonly traversed. Between the rolling sand dunes and the roaring sea lies an architectural gem: Lyngvig Fyr, Denmark’s tallest lighthouse.

As an attraction, it brings both Danes and international travelers regularly to Hvide Sande, where the historic building is located.


The history of Lyngvig Lighthouse

The story behind Lyngvig Fyr begins in 1903 with the tragic grounding of the steamship Avona. On a stormy eve, the Norwegian vessel struck the Danish shore and all souls aboard were taken by rough seas.

As the story goes, the sounds of the sailors’ screams carried into the night, until, one by one, all cries began to cease.

Unfortunately, tragedies like these were so frequent along the stretch between Thyborøn and Hvide Sande that the area earned the nickname Jernkysten (the “Iron Coast”). Lyngvig Lighthouse was built to prevent any more maritime catastrophes and was first lit on November 3, 1906.

At one time it took three men to keep the beacon going: the lighthouse keeper, his assistant, and another in charge of fire. Today, the lighthouse is no longer used for navigation but, rather, functions as a historical landmark.


Lyngvig Lighthouse Fun Fact

There are a number of memorials along the Iron Coast to honor those who lost their lives at sea. Thyborøn municipality has a complete list, with site explanations (in Danish), here.


What to do at Lyngvig Lighthhouse

There are a number of things to do in (and around!) Lyngvig Fyr, for adventurous visitors, including families.


List Marker: Number 1Climb to the top of the lighthouse

This is a major highlight of any trip to the west coast, and offers a stunning 360-degree view of the North Sea, Ringkøbing Fjord, and surrounding area.

There are 228 steps to the top of the lighthouse, 69 up the dune and 159 ascending a spiral staircase. There’s also a little “surprise” before you get onto the viewing platform: a Hobbit-like doorway hole.

Lyngvig Fyr grounds are free to peruse, it’s all part of the Ringkøbing-Skjern Museum, but you must buy a ticket to climb the lighthouse. Tickets are 50 DKK for adults and free for children and teenagers under the age of 18. Tickets can be purchased in advance.





List Marker: Number 2Shop the museum boutique

Who doesn’t love a great museum shop? We are happy to report that Lyngvig Fyr’s does not disappoint. The lighthouse boutique-slash-café is located in the former keeper’s house and is brimming with Danish nostalgia and locally produced, fine goods.

In summer, the outdoor ice cream kiosk is stocked with Danish classics like gammelsdags lakrids (olden day’s licorice) and Guld Horn (a waffle cone filled with two flavors of ice cream and topped with a flødboller).





List Marker: Number 3Visit the North Sea

Just over Holmsland Klit, the dune that runs the entirety of the fjord, is the beautiful and powerful North Sea. On calm days, and on the rare ones with plenty of sun, the sea is actually quite lovely for a dip.

You can also walk the endless beach or watch a sunset on the horizon. Danes call it Vesterhavet (the West Sea) since it’s west of Jutland.





List Marker: Number 4Visit the playground

Visiting the lighthouse with little ones? Not a problem; there’s an area for them to play too. The naturlegeplads (nature playground) is inspired by the natural surroundings and has fun features like a cable car and whale skeleton.

Lyngvig Fyr Livestream Webcam

Want to see live pictures from the top of the Lyngvig Fyr? Then Esmark has you covered. The summer house rental giant streams a webcam from the lighthouse that has a direct view of the North Sea.



What attractions are nearby Lyngvig Fyr in Hvide Sande?

Many visitors are surprised by how much there is to do around Lyngvig Fyr. To explore the area, a car is a must, unless you plan on biking long distances everywhere – which is possible, and some people do just that.

Hvide Sande itself is very walkable with hyggeligt small boutiques.

Lastly, the town is a great jumping point for exploring more of the west coast. Long story short: you won’t have to search long for an array of things to do.





Hvide Sande Røgeri (Fish Boutique and Restaurant)

Dine at one of the best fish mongers in all of Denmark! They’ll even vacuum pack fish for you to take home.

Hvide Sande Røgeri (Fish Boutique and Restaurant)

Troldbjergvej 4

6960 Hvide Sande

Restaurant Opening Hours:
Mon – Weds 11:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thurs – Sat 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
Sun 11:30 am – 5:00 pm
Fish Boutique Opening Hours:
Monday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


The Museum Fiskeriets Hus

This small aquarium and marine museum is a hit with the kids, as well as being informative and beautiful. Adults will enjoy the touching pool as much as the kids!

The Museum Fiskeriets Hus

Nørregade 2B
6960 Hvide Sande

Opening Hours:
Every day 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Palm Sunday to 31 October)
Every day 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (1 November to Palm Sunday)


West Wind

Learn to surf, from windsurfing to kitesurfing, or rent Stand Up Paddle equipment. West Wind has two locations (and saunas!) in Hvide Sande.

West Wind Syd

Sønder Klitvej 1
6960 Hvide Sande

West Wind Nord

Gytjevej 15
6960 Hvide Sande

Open May to September



One of the newest additions to Hvide Sande. It’s a wake board and water ski cable park with an onsite surf shop and café.


Gytjevej 15B

6960 Hvide Sande

Opening Hours:
Mon– Tues Closed
Weds 12:00 – 6:00 pm
Thurs 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Fri 12:00 – 6:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun 12:00 – 5:00 pm


Stauning Whisky Distillery

This distillery is located 40-minutes away from Hvide Sande, but it would be a shame be so close and not “pass by.” The award-winning Danish whisky company offers tours in English, Danish and German. They have an incredible origin story and a beautifully remodeled factory.




Stauning Whisky Distillery

Stauningvej 38
6900 Skjern

Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sat & Sun 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


Vadehavscentret (Wadden Sea Center) Oyster Safari

Forage and eat some of the best oysters in the world in the Wadden Sea, a UNESCO world heritage site.




Vadehavscentret (Wadden Sea Center) Oyster Safari

Okholmvej 5
Vester Vedsted
6760 Ribe

Opening Hours:
Every day 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Nov – April)

Every day 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
 (May – Oct)


Good to know about Lyngvig Fyr


What does it cost to enter Lyngvig Lighthouse?

It is 50 DKK to enter the lighthouse itself, with free entrance for those under 18 years old. Entrance to the surrounding grounds and playground is free.

Purchase your tickets in advance here.


Is there parking at Lyngvig Lighthouse?

Yes, there is free parking available.


Is there step-free or wheelchair access to the Lyngvig lighthouse?

No, there is no wheelchair or step-free access to the lighthouse. The rest of the grounds are wheelchair-accessible, including paved paths around the area.

Find more fun things to do in Denmark with our list of the best tourist sights in Copenhagen, the best tours to take in Copenhagen, and summer house breaks.


Images by Jaughna Nielsen-Bobbit.
Header image Adobe Stock.

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Jaughna Nielsen-Bobbit

Jaughna is NYC-born and Caribbean-bred, now living in Denmark. She is Scandinavia Standard’s Copenhagen Food Contributor and the writer/photographer behind the culinary travel blog