Lighthouse Hirtshals Denmark B2106

Lat./Long:  57º35.1'N; 9º56.6'E

Character:  FFl W 30s

Height of tower: 35 m

Elevation:  57 m

Visible:  F 18 M; Fl 25 M

Hirtshals is a town in northern Jutland, Denmark. It was originally called Hirshals. The modern name is better, because there is no chance of mixing it up with the lighthouse in Hirsholm.

We visited this place in June 2004 on our way back from visiting the lights at Skagen. It was one of those days, where we caught up with the weather all the time.

When we were driving, the rain came down. Arriving at the lighthouse coincided with the sunshine breaking through the clouds. We were very lucky!

The shape of this neat white tower reminds of the „grey lighthouse of Skagen“.  And that is no co-incidence, because both were designed by the architect N.S. Nebelong. When the town Hirtshals was started in 1930, the lighthouse received its current name. The lighthouse was built in 1863 and has King Christian IX monogram over the entrance. 144 steps take you to the viewing platform at the top of the tower.

The tower was first lit on the 1st of January 1863 and electrified in 1947 and since 1973 it is automated. It has a magnificent beehive-type optic which is well worth making the effort to climb the tower to see. From here you have a great view over the village of Hirtshals.

This little sheet was issued in Denmark, the Faeroe Islands and Greenland. As you can see, each country used a different bit of the sheetlet for their stamps.
























The Danish First Day Cover for the above:

The railway stamps below, some used and some mint, are interesting. There is one more, but we have not found it yet.

This mini-sheet is an unauthorised issue from 2002



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