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Crane migration over Vejlerne

In the autumn, cranes from all over North Jutland gather in Vejlerne Nature Reserve. On good days, around 400 cranes can gather next to the Kraptårnet (bird-watching tower). 

Experience the unique crane migration over Vejlerne

 

The bird-watching tower (Kraptårnet) in Vejlerne is known as one of Denmark's best locations for experiencing crane migration.

In the autumn, cranes from all over North Jutland gather in Vejlerne Nature Reserve. Kraptårnet is a beautiful vantage point that is located in Vejlerne Nature Reserve 600m from the road and has become the country's best location to experience the large wingspan of the crane.

The cranes find peace and quiet in the heart of the reserve, but every morning they fly out onto the harvested fields and search for corn, grain, and potatoes - and every night they return to Vejlerne's wet meadows.

This means that the best place to experience the cranes is from Kraptårnet. Often the birds fly right over the tower while trumpeting loudly. The crane's wingspan (approx. 230 cm) is impressive in itself, and standing up the birds measure approx. 120 cm - making the crane not only Denmark's but Europe's tallest bird.

On good days, around 400 cranes can gather next to the Kraptårnet (bird-watching tower). There are usually good chances for bonus sightings. From the tower, you can also see herons, sea eagles, and peregrine falcons. Visitors have also photographed otters in the canal below the tower - and if you keep your eyes wide open, red deer can regularly be seen moving in between the tall reeds. 

The best time to experience these big, beautiful birds is early in the morning and in the evening at dusk.

The path down to Kraptårnet winds between tall pine trees and over small bridges that cross the ditches, so you stay dry-footed.