For visitors to North Jutland, a visit to Skagen and Grenen – the northernmost point of Jutland – is an absolute must. Do not cheat yourself of this fascinating meeting with the grandeur of nature’s forces. Combine this experience with a visit to the beautiful town of Skagen, sometimes translated into the Skaw, and its surrounding historical memorials.
Denmark’s northernmost point, Grenen, is a unique natural phenomenon. Here, two seas meet, namely the Skagerrak and the Kattegat; and the colliding of the waves is clearly visible to the naked eye. This fascinating tourist attraction, Grenen, is a spit formation consisting of deposited sand and gravel carried along by the strong currents; and, over the last 100 years, this barrier has increased in length by 1 km. As the large beach expanse at the tip of Grenen is constantly moving, there are frequent occurrences of lagoons – attracting both playing children and wading birds. Due to the strong and extremely dangerous currents, bathing is strictly prohibited, though. At the southern part of Grenen, a compass demonstrates that, as a matter of fact, Grenen points towards the east.
30 km in length, the spit – Skagens Odde – is considered to be one of the largest spits in the world. It is located only a few kilometers to the north of the centre of the town of Skagen where visitors will have an opportunity to explore the nature center, Skagens Odde Naturcenter.
On an annual basis, about 110,000 150,000-tonnes vessels pass by Grenen. And, in former times, the spit was much feared by any seafarer, as shipwreck was a predominant risk.
”Sandormen”, the vehicle having brought adventurous tourists to Grenen for more than 5 decades, has become part of the history of the location. During the season (from Easter to week 43), Sandormen will depart from the Grenen parking area and, beginning the first trip of the day at 9:30 a.m., it will be in regular service as long as there are passengers – who cannot, by the way, pay by credit card.
The Grenen landscape is a protected nature reserve boasting a rich wildlife: Here seals are calmly sunbathing on beaches teeming with tourists. Also, this location is the one area in Denmark where most species of bird are observed – in particular birds of prey in the spring. Tourists on foot will pass an old German bunker turned into a museum, Skagen Bunker Museum. And out in the dunes, to the east of the museum, you may come across Holger Drachmann's Grave (the tomb of the famous Danish poet and painter Holger Drachmann).
The plant life of the area is also absolutely unique, featuring typical occurrences of vegetation development of new land, beginning dune formation and lush green-dune hollows – to mention but a few examples of this plant-rich area.
In addition to Grenen, another attraction is found roughly 4 km to the south east of the center of Skagen, The Sandburied Church (Den Tilsandede Kirke). We should not forget Skagen itself, as the center of the town is widely renowned for its vibrant tourist life. But indeed, the town is also a town with an exciting history – for instance it housed, and lent its name to, a group of Danish painters working in and around Skagen around 1900 and famous for their colorful open-air paintings, namely the Skagen painters.