In pictures: Denmark moves sandswept lighthouse 80 metres on wheels

Work to preserve the Rubjerg Knude lighthouse culminated on Tuesday as the 130-year-old edifice was moved along the coast on wheels.

In pictures: Denmark moves sandswept lighthouse 80 metres on wheels
Rubjerg Knude on track for relocation. Photo: Hans Ravn/Ritzau Scanpix

The task of moving the lighthouse, in order to protect it from sand and erosion, got off to a smooth start, project leader Thomas Lomholt told local media Nordjyske.

Hans Ravn/Ritzau Scanpix

The most critical phase of the relocation had been completed by 10am, Lomholt said.

Built in 1889 when the coast was 200 metres away, Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse is being moved a short distance from its home of 130 years due to fears it will eventually be destroyed by erosion.

Museum buildings located adjacent to the lighthouse were abandoned during the 1990s due to sand drift.

Rubjerg Knude with adjacent buildings in 1996. Archive photo: Bjarke Ørsted/Ritzau Scanpix

To move the structure, a track was built by digging down and laying rails alongside its foundations.

Preparations for the move earlier in October. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

This morning, the lighthouse was lifted onto the rails and pushed inland along the two tracks.

Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

It will be moved at total of about 80 metres, with work expected to be completed on Tuesday evening.

The unusual operation was watched by around 100 media and 1,000 spectators as it commenced, with as many as 25,000 people expected to pass by during the day.

Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark’s Nature Agency (Naturstyrelsen), which owns the lighthouse, Hjørring Municipality and local construction firm Kjeld Pedersen are behind the relocation project.

Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

“This is a big day for me, the city council, all of Hjørring Municipality and and for the Vendsyssel region. This is a huge tourist attraction for North Jutland. So many people come here every year,” Hjørring’s lord mayor Arne Boelt said.

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