Going with the wind

This steadfast little lighthouse in northwestern ­Denmark has often won the struggle against the shifting sands, but in around 20 years’ time, it will nevertheless lie in ruins.

Little lighthouse in northwestern ­Denmark
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Since its inauguration in 1900, the lighthouse atop the cliffs at Rubjerg between Lønstrup and Løkken has withstood all weathers – and even survived Rubjerg Knude, one of Europe’s largest migratory dunes. It buried the lighthouse almost completely and forced it to close in 1968. Over the years, the wind gradually leveled out the sandhill and the lighthouse reemerged, opening to visitors in 2016. But it’s only a matter of time until the lighthouse topples, as the cliff on which it stands is crumbling fast.