I live in a city positioned in bay, on the east coast of a Danish peninsula. My house is build on a hill, rising south above the city and throughout a year, I can glimpse the ocean out of my kitchen window. Unfortunately the view is obscured by three magnificent birch trees and by each year, more of it disappears. I often get the urge to find a way of getting rid of two of the trees, but then again, how I could I be instrumental in a such a cruel destruction?
As the autumn progress and the leaves slowly dissipate, the view becomes more free. I love to see the indigo blue waters and often I can watch ships and large ferries travel by, with a course towards other islands and the small peninsula just in my immediate northeast, called Mols. If the weather is clear, I can see the land as well, just lining the horizon.
I pass this very coastline even on my drive to and from work. It is my favorite part of the trip, as I descend down the hill , winding down all the way to the beach and then follow the coastline for about a kilometer or two. The ocean is never the same. When the easterly winds blow, it is rippled with rolling waves, it's foaming ridges hitting the shore. Then again, when the winds turn, it can be pristine and calm, the surface almost as leveled as a mirror, reflecting the colour of the sky.
In the autumn and winter, I drive home after the onset of darkness and I often feel like traveling in a fairy-tale landscape, when the moon is full, reflecting in the midnight blue surface of the bay. I can often see the lights of large container ships in the distance, as they wait for harbor access permission.
There is also one more light in the dark ocean.
Just where the outline of the Mols coastline merges with the sea, a green and yellow light flickers in even intervals. Like a constant point in the vast distance, it directs boats around the very tip of the peninsula, guiding them safely around shallow grounds into the bay.
This is the Sletterhage Fyr in Helgenæs. Fyr is a Danish word for Lighthouse and it is positioned in one of the most fascinating places I have ever visited. Erected on a beautiful beach, it stands tall and majestic against the blue canvas of water and sky. Throughout the seasons it offers fantastic views of the city, of unspoiled and pristine Danish shores and of the elusive Nordic sunsets.