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Picture-Perfect Lighthouses in Winter (Photos)

Instead of wishing winter away, we decided to celebrate it by showing breathtaking shots of the most beautiful lighthouses around the world. Glass half-full, remember?

Chris Harnish Photography


Cape Neddick “Nubble” Lighthouse

Location: York, Maine

Although Cape Neddick is its official name, Nubble Lighthouse came to be in 1879 after President Rutherford B. Hayes appropriated money to build a lighthouse on a “nub” of land for safe transport of commerce by sea.


Qeqertarsuaq Lighthouse

Location: Disko Island, Greenland

Although glaciers dominate this stretch of land, known as Disko Island, in southern Greenland, 873 people call it home.

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Happisburgh Lighthouse

Location: Norfolk, England


Built in 1790, Happisburgh is the oldest working light in East Anglia, and the only independently run lighthouse in Great Britain. The tower stands at 85 feet and the lantern is 134 feet above sea level.

Frans Lemmens/Alamy

Paard van Marken

Location: Ijsselmeer Lake, Marken, Netherlands


Situated in the Dutch peninsula Marken, Paard van Marken is on freshwater lake Ijesselmeer.

Hinze, K./Picture Alliance/Arco Images G/Newscom

Cape Notoro

Location: Hokkaido, Japan


This tower is known for being the best place to see drifting ice on the Okhotsk Sea.

Amanda White

Peggy’s Cove

Location: Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia


Peggy’s Cove, also known as Peggy’s Point, is a classic red-and-white lighthouse still operated by the Canadian Coast Guard, and it remains an iconic image of Nova Scotia. Fishing communities comprise this rural community on the shore of St. Margaret’s Bay.

Kenneth C. Zirkel

Portland Head

Location: Cape Elizabeth, Maine


This historic lighthouse has a rich history dating back to the late 1700s when the new town of Cape Elizabeth posted guard at Portland Head to warn citizens of British attacks. The tower was first lit in 1791 with 16 whale oil lamps.

Chris Harnish Photography

St. Joe Lighthouse

Location: St. Joseph, Michigan


The ice-covered St. Joseph Lighthouse—constructed on a wooden pier—accurately reflects just how frigid the temperatures can be on the Great Lakes during winter.

Folio Images/Eddie Granlund

Långe Jan

Location: Öland Sweden


Långe Jan is located at the south cape of Öland, the second largest Swedish island. The tower is the tallest lighthouse in Sweden and during summer, for a fee, visitors can climb it.

Matthias Hiekel/EPA/Newscom

Lighthouse in Moritzburg

Location: Saxony, German


People walk past the iconic, 18th-century lighthouse near Moritzburg Castle, right outside of Dresden.

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