If in need of a break from the everyday life, the ideal destination is the North Sea - it is completely up to you whether your trip should be spent on relaxation, discovery or an adrenaline rush!
Explore the popular wide, sandy beaches and the roaring sea, which strength has made a clear impression on the coastline of North Jutland. Take a walk along the west coast, from the tip of Denmark - Grenen by Skagen and Råbjerg Mile - Denmark's largest wandering sandmile, to Denmark's last wilderness in the National Park Thy. The North Sea has a long history behind it - are you ready to explore it?
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Explore the unique nature of North Jutland
In Nordjylland, a number of unique nature sites unlike anywhere else i Denmark can be found.
The beaches on the west coast are some of the most beautiful beaches in Denmark and offers something for everyone - from wild surf waves in Cold Hawaii to long walks on the waterfront and luxurious seaside hotels.
On Grenen by Skagen, at the Top of Denmark, the two seas, North Sea and Kattegat, meet. Here, the waves intersect from each direction, making it possible for you to stand with one foot in each sea - an experience you will never forget. At Grenen it is not allowed to bathe due to strong currents, but if you move down to the west coast and take a swim, you can experience some of Northern Europe's best beaches.
But, it is not just on the North Jutland beaches you will find sand. The strong west wind has spread the sand and thereby created some very special attractions, found in different locations around the country. South of Skagen you can cross Råbjerg Mile, Denmark's largest wandering sandmile, which for hundreds of years has absorbed parishes, fields and farms that stood in its path. Further to the north a church, almost completely burried in sand, is located - a monument to the forces of nature. The church was closed because of the wandering sand, and today, only the church tower sticks out. Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse, who ironically housed the former sandflight museum, is also getting swallowed up by the sand.
But you do not have to travel to the norternmost part of North Jutland, to find great nature experiences. In Thy, at the far west, you can experience some of Denmark's last wilderness - Thy National Park. If you are visiting the park, the trip may start in Hanstholm, Klitmøller, Vorupør or Agger. From here, you can go by foot, bike or horseback and explore the country on the more than 100 kilometer long trail. Here, the stags run freely while the seals play on the beach side, and if you are lucky you might see some wild and impressive birds, e.g. eagles. If animals interest you, Bulbjerg is another place worth visiting, where you will find Denmark's only bird-watching mountain.
If you want to overcome the forces of nature and wish to be active outside, Cold Hawaii is the destination for you. In the area of Klitmøller you will find one of Northern Europes best surf spots, and in Løkken at the North Shore Surf, you can learn both surfing and SUP. If the wild waves are not for you, North Jutland also offers plenty of fishing, hiking or biking routes with some of Denmark's best MTB-routes.
The stories about the North Sea
The North Sea is wild and unforgivable. Through the years, hundreds of ships have been lost and absorbed by the North Sea. Historically, it has been a feared water, and in order to increase the safety of the sailors, lighthouses and beacons were placed along the west coast of Jutland. Today, the beacons and many of the lighthouses have no practical function, but they are left as beautiful monuments and a reminder of the harsh life at sea.
Along the coast you will also notice the many World War II bunkers, many of which have been transformed into museums. If you dare to explore a tragic part of history, the Bangsbo Fort, Bunkermuseet in Hirtshals and Museum Center Hanstholm are worth a visit.
The beach holiday quickly became popular with the danes. It started by renting rooms at the premises, but soon the first seaside hotels opened, and then the characteristic white beach houses were placed on the beaches in Blokhus and Løkken.
The North Jutland west coast is full of fun and learning activities for children and adults, leaving no exuse for not exploring the west coast's most popular attractions. Do you dare to try the wild slides and amusements in Fårup Sommerland?
If you want to experience the North Sea up close, then take a trip to the North Sea Oceanarium - Northern Europe's largest aquarium, where you can see more than 7,000 fish in 6 million liters of water placed in 75 aquariums. Here you can also come right down to the seabed with the new 100-square-meter interactive display, where you can design the journey.
Back in the day Skagen was the gathering place for a group of artists, now known as The Skagen Painters. They were inspired by the unique light and the hard, unspoiled life of Skagen. They revolutionized the art worldand their work cna be seen at the Skagen Museum, which is one of the most popular attractions on the west coast.
The many lovely seaside towns of North Jutland are worth visiting all year round, but it's during the summer season they really flourish - and this is also when most of the events take place.
The big seaside towns - Blokhus, Løkken and Skagen - are famous for their midsummer bonfires on the beach, where the "witch" is burned on June 24 - an old danish tradition that brings together many participants.
Since 2010, Klitmøller – also known as Cold Hawaii - has been one of the permanent stops for the PWA World Cup in the windsurf discipline wave performance, where many of the world's best surfers battle in the championship.
The coast also offers other events where you can get the pulse up, e.g. Xterra in Slettestrand or Råbjerg Mile Race, which are annual half marathons.
The seaside towns offer lots of interesting flavors and, according to White Guide, some of North Jutland's best restaurants. Enjoy an award-winning meal at Villa Vest in Lønstrup, were you can drink a glass of wine and eat fresh fish with a sea view. Furtmore, everything is served on handmade ceramics from local artists, giving you the full, authentic experience. Ruths Hotel in Skagen offers gastronomic experiences and in Blokhus, Strandingskroen offers world-class wine and a menu that changes daily, in the summer season.
Along the North Sea there are plenty of accommodations to choose from.
North Jutland has many holiday centers, camping, hotels and inns. Here is something for everyone.
At Hjorth´s Hotel in Skagen you will be on a journey back in time. The hotel, which is one of the pearls in Skagen, opened their doors for the first time in 1890 - and the good atmosphere from back then, has not faded yet. Ruth´s Hotel, also located in Skagen, has over the last onehundred years evolved from a small guesthouse in the dune landscape, to a historic first-class beach hotel. Another alternative to the hotels is the newly opened beach hotel, Strandhotellet Blokhus, the newest addition to the North Sea bathing hotels. The hotel opened in 2017 and is built in the characteristic Blokhus style with white-washed walls and red tiles.
If you wish to live completely by yourself, there are plenty of cozy holiday homes along the coast, where you can sunbathe completely uninterrupted in the garden and turn on the barbecue when the sun sets.
The nature is a wonderful place to spend time year round, and there is almost an unlimited number of experiences out there. It is easy to explore and most of it is accessible to everybody.
For holidaying at the Danish coast does not encourage the ticking off of innumerable lists. On the contrary, it is holidaying where lists are binned and replaced by exploration.
Skagen is the northernmost town in Denmark, and it is a tourist town of great renown – in Denmark as abroad. Here the sun shines for more hours than anywhere else in Denmark.
Blokhus – once a fishing village – is now the center of a charming international holiday paradise with good sea food restaurants and cozy shops.
Løkken is the epitome of a North Jutland beach town on the west coast. Here, one of Denmark’s very best beaches is at your disposal.
Klitmøller is also called "Cold Hawaii" and is a true paradise for surfers. Cold Hawaii is Northern Europe's best surf spot and one of the world's best places to windsurf and all year round surfers can experience the ocean.