Where the waves fight - Skagen
Lovers of long walks on the beach will be delighted to visit the sunniest region of Denmark. Beautiful yellow cottages of Skagen, green meadows and energy of waves of two seas fighting with each other at the end of Grenen will enchant them.
At the northern promontory of Jutland, there’s a place where waters of two seas meet: the Baltic and the North. It’s a sandy spit called Skagen Odde, one of the largest in Europe. Stating that the peninsula is licked by the sea sounds too gently. In fact, the waters collide with each other like enemies on the battlefield. Standing on the edge of the promontory, we can observe the power of the elements, and the waves are not only impressive, but also scary.
Skagen Odde is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Denmark. It includes a narrow peninsula, at the foot of which lies the charming town of Aalbaek, slightly above is Kandestederne and Hulsig, and finally, in the northern part, Skagen. Two straits meet above the town: Skagerrak and Kattegat, mixing their waters in a great debate. In addition to the battle of waves, tourists are attracted by the magic of vast moors and dunes moving in the wind.
Land of Light
The famous peninsula is the sunniest region in Denmark, called by Danes themselves as the Land of Light. All tows located along it are very climatic. Particularly noteworthy is the town of flounder and watches - Skagen. The local houses look very cozy thanks to the yellow walls and red roofs. Just 4 km above is Grenen - promontory, where the North Sea meets the slightly cooler Baltic Sea. Tourists can easily rent a bike and quickly get in this amazing place.
The story of Skagen begins like a fairy tale: in the northernmost part of Denmark, surrounded by the waters of the two feud seas, in the past was ruled by sand. He wandered slowly, changing the landscape into a great beach. Sandy duvet covered meadows, houses and churches, sweeping huge stretches of land. One of the evidences of the strength of its expansion is Den Tilsandede Kirke, or Sand Church. Today only the tower remained that serves as a vantage point - the rest was consumed by gold dust.
Among the wandering sand
The beauty of Skagen was already appreciated by the nineteenth-century artists, who praised it in the poems and paintings. In the past, the town was known as an island in the sea of sand. At the end of the nineteenth century, the Danish government decided to fight with the golden element – trees were planted trees and hectares of grass sown. North Jutland was covered in greenery, and the grounds of today’s villages of Tornby, Bunken, Tversted and Aalbaek became woodlands. For example, next to Tversted extends Tversted Klitplantage. It’s full of pine trees, mountain pines and spruces, but here you can also find birches and oaks.
Wandering between the dunes, we come across the tomb of Holger Drachmann. The Danish painter and poet was so enamored with the view of fighting seas that wished to be buried right in this place.
Sleep to the sound of waves
After the day spent on the windy beach, it’s time for rest. Those, who wish to stay overnight at the campsite, may get acquaint with the offer of Skiveren Camping. It’s open from Easter until 30.09, and is located right next to Tversted Klitplantage, at the foot of the promontory. It’s about 25 km away from Skagen. The accommodation for an adult costs here from 10 to 12 euros/day. On the Skiveren campsite you will find an information office with free maps, cafe, a shop with fresh bread and groceries and all the modern facilities needed.
Danish peninsula is an amazingly captivating place. It’s worth to spend at least few days here, to relax among the greenery and azure.
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