The Danish Nature Agency runs The Grey Lighthouse as an exciting dissemination center for migratory birds. Here you get a living (live) insight into one of the world's most fascinating nature experiences, namely the ability of migratory birds to fly and find their way over enormous distances of thousands of kilometers.
Skagen and Grenen is a hot-spot for migratory birds in the thousands - who pass the place during their annual migration. As a visitor, you get an experience of that bird migration partly in Skagen and partly on a global level.
You also get an insight into the many opportunities to spot in the landscape in and around Skagen, depending on the weather conditions and the season. Exciting and new research on migratory birds is disseminated directly into the experience space.
Fun for kids
For children, there are customized experiences, and the significance of the lighthouse for migratory birds and shipping is told before you go up the tower. You can also follow the daily life at the scientifically working bird station at the center.
And then of course you can see the surroundings from above up at the top of the lighthouse, where the view is absolutely stunning.
A little about the history of The Gray Lighthouse
With its 46 meters, The Gray Lighthouse is second tallest lighthouse in Denmark (only Dueodde Lighthouse on Bornholm is 1 meter higher). The Gray Lighthouse was inaugurated and lit for the first time on November 1, 1858, half an hour after sunset.
The lighthouse was designed by the Danish architect N.S. Nebelong, and it took 4 years and cost 200,000 rigsdalers to build. The lighthouse's rotating lens weighs just over two tons and floats on mercury. The light source was a 400 watt sodium lamp.
The light from the lighthouse could be seen at a distance of 20 nautical miles as a flash every four seconds, and it was built in the middle of ‘Odden’, so there was equal distance to both the adjacent waters - Skagerrak and Kattegat.
The entrance to the tower is made by the brick spiral staircase, which with its 210 steps winds like a hollow cylinder.