As the northernmost point of Denmark, Skagen is a renowned town for tourists from all over the world to visit Here, the sun shines for more hours than anywhere else in Denmark, and the warm sunrays create a unique light that combines with the very special scenery of yellow buildings and the multitude of white, sandy beaches. Every aspect of this special town creates an atmosphere that cannot be found anywhere else.
Compared with other European cities, Skagen is a small town - but maybe it is the charm of the compact area that contributes to it being both impressive, indulging and inspiring, and a place that people revisit again and again and again.
The vibrant town Skagen is home to a vast number of entertaining activities and events, found at every street corner. Go hunting for charming shops at Skagen's pedestrian precinct, or if you have a cultural streak, explore the great array of museums, such as the teddy-bear display at Skagen’s Bamsemuseum, or visit the home of the famous Skagen paintings, Skagen's Museum. If you are an animal entusiast, Eagle World is the place to visit, as you can admire the majestic and powerful birds soaring overhead.
Maybe the most famous place of Skagen is Grenen, the northernmost spot of Denmark. Mother nature has been at work at this sandy beach, where two seas, the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, meet - culminating in a final encounter of lively waves. It is an absolutely amazing experience to stand with one leg in each sea, watching the waves arriving from each direction until, finally, they meet.
Another natural phenomenon to behold is Råbjerg Mile, a colossal migrating dune, located at Bunken Klitplantage between Skagen and Frederikshavn. Like most of Jutland’s west coast, Skagen became afflicted with sand drifts during the 16th and 17th centuries. Arriving from the west, the sand would deposit in huge inland dunes, ruining farming as well as entire urban communities. In the 19th century much effort was put into curbing the sand drifts – for instance by the plantation of conifers and lyme grass, which, regrettably, proved ruinous to large parts of the natural landscape. After much debate, the area around Råbjerg Mile was purchased by the Danish state in 1900 – as a monument for the destruction - and as an awe-inspiring sight for people to experience.
The sand-buried church (in Danish: Den Tilsandede Kirke) is yet a reminder of the destructive forces exerted by the sand – today, the tower of the church is all that is left sticking out of the dunes. The factual name of the church is Sct. Laurentii Kirke; and from the end of the 14th century to 1795 it was the parish church of Skagen. When it became increasingly difficult for the faithful parishioners to dig their way to church services, the campaign against the sand was initiated until, in the end, the church was closed up, pursuant to a royal decree issued by King Christian VII. The nave of the church was demolished; and today, only the listed tower of the church is sticking up over the sand.
The lighthouse, Skagen Fyr – also known as Det Grå Fyr (The Grey Lighthouse) is a 46-meter-high, elegant lighthouse, which is also an international, interactional center for migratory birds. Initiated in 1858, after four years of construction, it is Denmark’s second-highest lighthouse with 210 steps to the top, and after surviving the climb, you can enjoy the most fabulous view of the sea and Skagen town. When inaugurated, the Grey Lighthouse replaced The White Lighthouse – also located to the north of Skagen. Today a listed building, the White Lighthouse frequently constitutes the framework for art exhibitions, etc.
Skagen is a vibrant town, and practically all year round, events are organised for people of all ages. But particularly during summer, the streets are jam-packed with activities and life from the many visitors. But do not despair, the town has plenty to offer in the other months. Visit Skagen in January, during the town’s celebration of the Winter Bathing Festival,where brave vikings defy the cold Kattegat waters in order to experience the exhilarating chills and adrenaline of the dip. In May, Skagen celebrates its bird festival, closely followed by the saltwater fish festival, the vintage motor cycle rally, and finally, the Råbjerg Mile Marathon. When it gets warmer in June, an array of events can be experienced where the picturesque landscape is utilised, all of which culminate on Midsummer's Eve with huge, crackling bonfires on the beach. In July, thousands of tourists flock to Skagen to experience Denmark’s oldest music festival, Skagen Festivalen, where sweet tunes fill the streets. Come August, the Skagen Food & Design Market is opened, and finally, by November, the townsfolk get together on Grenen to form the human sign 365 in celebration of the days of the year.
Skagen is crammed with charming spots for dining out, where especially freshly caught fish is served for hungry guests who smile in delight as their food is served. The gastronimic assortment of Skagen includes something for every taste. Go to Skagen centrum to visit a smaller café or visit Skagen Bryghus, a breweri where you can e.g. experience the Danish Smørrebrød. If you seek a fine dining experience, the restaurants De2Have, Hjorths Restaurant, Ruth's Hotel and Brøndums Hotel are particularly noteworthy. In 2015, Brøndums Hotel Restaurant won the competition Local Cooking North Jutland by preparing North Jutland’s most delicious dish. However, the other three restaurants also rank on the list of North Jutland’s finest restaurants.
Regardless of whether you prefer staying in a summer cottage, on a camp site or in a hotel – Skagen can meet your demand. Most options are right in the midst of the fabulous Skagen scenery, so you will not be far from all of the action.
Denmark’s northernmost point, Grenen, hosts a unique natural phenomenon. Here, two seas meet, namely the Skagerrak and the Kattegat.
Skagens Museum today contains around 1900 sculptures, drawings and paintings mainly made by artists who visited Skagen in the period from 1870-1930.
Taste the flavour of North Jutland and have an amazing gastronomic adventure that is unique.
North Jutland has a vast treasure chamber of specialities and commodities, which are very special to the area.
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.
Northern Jutland offers so many cultural experiences that is it impossible to mention them all here. And a holiday in North Jutland with art and culture need not be an alternative saved for "a rainy day".