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Råbjerg Mile

Råbjerg Mile - The migrating dune

The Dune of Råbjerg Mile is the largest migrating dune in Denmark. The westcoast has for many centuries struggled with migrating dunes due to the harsh wind and sand covered areas - and being close to Grenen in Skagen, the weather at Råbjerg Mile is far from mild. 

Each year the dune moves around 15 meters towards Northeast, closer to Grenen, the top of Denmark. Attemps of afforestation did not stop the migrating dune, which is expected to cover the main road to Skagen in a century or two. Once the dune reaches an area with trees, or other plantation, it takes aprroximately 40 years for the tree to re-emerge on the other side of the dune, which reaches a height of 20 meters.  

Historically, sand migration has affected many lives on the westcoast, forcing people to move because their attempts of cultivation were spoiled by entire areas being covered in sand as dunes formed. The sand-covered church of Skagen stands as proof of the dune swallowing everying in its way - Today, only the the church tower is visible. The brick chapel is completely covered in sand, while the towers sprouts from the sand as if no church was ever there. Eventually, it was decided that lyme grass and conifers would be used to stem the drift along the road and railway, however, this caused many stunning sites to die out. Protests followed, and eventually the state purchased the area surround Råbjerg Mile and decided to leave it as a monument to the trail of destruction that the dune left behind. 

From the top of the dune, you will experience a stunning view. Walking to the top can be a bit challenging, but the view is worth the effort! - if you decide to go there, you will definitely need to empty your shoes for sand afterwards. 

Please be cautious: If hiking near Råbjerg Mile, you may be at risk of moving into quicksand areas.

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