Lyngvig lighthouse – playground for love-stricken local lads

Photo: Astrid Dalum

Helene and Thomas follow a clue about Sebastian’s murder to the top of Lyngvig Lighthouse. A crucial detail that takes Thomas to the local archive, where he manages to take a look at revealing footage from a CCTV camera.

On the lighthouse platform, the two detectives also hear that local lads used to walk around the outside of the metal fence of the lighthouse platform to demonstrate their love in the old days.

But did they? After all, it's a 38 metre drop.

The answer is yes and no.

One of the town's old timers tells us that in his youth he really did go to the top of the lighthouse with a couple of friends to show the girls what daredevils they were. Not by hanging on the outside of the fence with their legs dangling, but by climbing over the fence and walking around sideways, occasionally letting go for a second or three, just because they could. As we all know, love is blind, but no one fell, as far as we know.

On the other hand, the boards are a cinematic cliché, inspired by the real declarations of love that can still be seen on a metal band at the top of the lighthouse. Like hearts carved into a beech tree.

  • Lyngvig Lighthouse was built in 1906 and came into operation for the first time on 3 November.
  • A tragic accident at sea in 1903, when 24 seamen lost their lives, kick-started construction the same year.
  • The characteristic lighthouse stands on a 17-metre-high dune and is 38 metres high. There are 159 steps to the viewing platform, and 69 steps from the foot of the dune.

In the film, it takes just two cuts and one step from Hvide Sande Camping to Lyngvig Lighthouse.

But in reality, there are just under 4 very beautiful kilometres along the dunes – for example on the North Sea bike route N1, which passes right past the lighthouse.