Skagen Grey Lighthouse
The Grey Lighthouse was erected in 1858 by Niels Sigfred Nebelong (1806-1871) who later became master builder in Copenhagen. It replaced Philip de Langes White Lighthouse from 1747. With its 46 metres, it is the second tallest lighthouse in Denmark. We carried out extensive restoration works and a conversion of the premises, which have now re-opened as a bird observatory and communications centre, focusing on the area’s unique assortment of birds and wildlife.
Transformation of listed lighthouse
Realdania By & Byg
Arkitektfirmaet Søren Kibsgaard / Balslev Lindgaard Rådgivende Ingeniører A/S
Fyrvej 36, 9990 Skagen
A Light in the Dark
Well into the 19th century, Skagen Odde was among the places in Denmark with the highest proportion of strandings. Therefore, Skagen Odde was in need of a very tall lighthouse as a landmark for the seafaring community.
Skagen Grey Lighthouse was a favourite holiday destination for King Christian X (1870-1947) and Queen Alexandrine and the guests who passed by their royal private residence Klitgården in Skagen. The century before, in 1859, Hans Christian Andersen also made an excursion to the lighthouse and described it as a “magnificent lodging with elegant rooms and comfort …”.