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Travel through time in North Jutland

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The Iron Age, Viking Age and the Middle Ages are just some of the eras you can experience in North Jutland. Besides this, you will find many traces of North Jutland during wartime.

Different countries have different ages for their historical periods. In North Jutland, you will find remnants of many exciting eras in Danish History. For those of you who are interested in history, the Middle-ages, the Vikings Age and the Iron Age, there is much to be read and learnt beneath. 

Join us, when we describe the change from Iron Age to Industrialization in North Jutland.


The Iron Age

The Iron Age is the last part of the ancient history, in North Jutland, it is estimated to have started in 500 B.C. and ended in 700 A.D. It was during this time, that Iron was becoming a valuable good, and they started to mine and melt it down. In the Iron Age far travelling and trading of goods already existed, this is evident from 2,500-year-old objects with Celtic motives found in North Jutland. Around the year 1-400 A.D., the origin of the goods changed, in this time lots of goods, jewellery and more were traded with the Roman Empire. Later on, another change is evident as the style of the goods changed to become more similar to that of the Germanic.

In Aars, on Vesthimmerlands Museum, you can explore some of these interesting archaeological findings. Or visit the Fort of Borremose which was hidden for 2,000 years. 

The Viking Age

The Viking Age marked the end of the Iron Age. In many movies and stories the Viking Age sounds like a violent period, but the vikings did so much more than just plundering and conquering. The vikings were explorers, they travelled far and wide across the seas and through the rivers, they traded with many nations and colonized newly discovered areas. There is still so much to learn about the vikings in North Jutland.

The viking burial site of Lindholm Høje in North Jutland, is part of the North Jutland Historical Museum, one of the most beautiful ancient monuments from the Viking Age. The many stone circles around the hilltop mark the burial sites. The museum at the burial site exhibits the archaeological findings from digs on site. Listen to the story of how people lived and died during the early Iron Age and the Viking Age. Each year a viking market takes place at Lindholm Høje, where you can join the Combat School, the Viking Workshops and eat real viking food.

The Middle-Age

In Denmark the Middle-age runs parallel with the Catholic period, beginning with the introduction of Christianity around the year 1050 and ending with the Reformation in 1536. This historical period is often described as "the dark ages" in Anglo-Saxon countries. An obscure period with sinister and mysterious figures dressed in brownish robes, when regicides and bishop disputes were the order of the day, and when wars raged and the plague devastated large parts of the country. This is how most people imagine life in the Middle Ages, but most of this perception is based on myths and misunderstandings.

The Middle Ages were both colourful and dynamic, and the people creative and innovative. Medieval clothes were anything but dull, on the contrary, they were most often made of clear, bright materials to match the colourful personalities of medieval people. Think about famous figures like Richard the Lion-Hearted, Robin Hood, Ivanhoe and El Cid - and in Denmark, bishop Absalon, founder of Copenhagen, King Valdemar Atterdag, and Queen Margrethe I who established the Kalmar Union in 1397, uniting Denmark, Norway and Sweden in one single kingdom.

Monasteries and Churches

North Jutland offers many beautiful and well-kept churches and monasteries for you to explore, e.g. Børglum Abbey, Vitskøl Monastery, Dueholm Monastery and Mariager Monastery and Church. Walking down one of the busiest shopping streets in Aalborg, you will come by an elevator, that takes you underground, to the 'Gråbrødrekloster museum'. A well-kept ruin hidden underneath the bustling streets of Aalborg for centuries. The monastery was built around 1250, and in the museum, you can see the walls and foundation of the old church and monastery. 

Castles and Manor Houses

Manor houses and castles are just as abundant as churches and monasteries in North Jutland. Visit Dronninglund Castle, the Manor Museum Sæbygård 'Herregårdsmuseet Sæbygård' and last but definitely not least, Voergaard Castle.

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During the Medieval Days at Voergaard Castle and Vitskøl Monastery, you will find yourself on a trip back in time. and you will experience many medieval-themed activities. Explore the daily life of medieval monks, jesters, soldiers, craftsmen, beggars, noblemen, musicians and more.

Par på cykel i Skagen


The Industrial Age

Lighthouses and Navigation Marks

Suddenly the technological development was quite fast. Electricity and the railway changed the living conditions for many inhabitants. The infrastructure and safety got improved - especially on the sea where small bascule lights and fire places got extinguished and replaced by big lighthouses along the coasts. The treacherous North Sea did not get less dangerous but the lighthouses and navigation marks increased the attention on dangerous areas and made it easier to navigate. Nowadays most of the lighthouses are out of order and are standing together with the navigation marks as characteristic sculptures along the coast and are furthermore popular attractions.

Sommeraften P S Krøyer Skagen Museeum
Turisthus Nord

Skagen Painters

The beautiful light and the North Sea attracted a group of artists to the northernmost part of Denmark in the end of the 19th century. The Skagen Painters were a Scandinavian artist collective who, amongst others, resided in Skagen because of the special light. The painters were part of the modern breakthrough, which rebelled against the old traditions of romanticism. The paintings they created are characterized by outdoor paintings with rich colours.


Løkken strand med de hvide badehuse
Mette Johnsen

The White Beach Huts by the North Sea

In 1895 the first white beach huts were erected on the beach, by Løkken Beach Hotel. Today you will find almost 500 of the white beach huts, and they have become an icon of the town and the wide sandy beaches on the west coast. 

Coastal Museums of North Jutland

The Coastal Museum of Northern Jutland conveys change, variation, and continuity in the living conditions of human beings seen in the context of the culture and development of the coast of Kattegat. The Coastal Museum has specialized in a wide range of historical topics that are linked to the coastal life in Skagen, Frederikshavn, and Sæby.

Days of Tordenskiold

The year is 1717, the Nordic War is raging across the land, on its 8th year. Experience life at Fladstrand, where huge wooden ships are moored to the quay and ready to sail to Norway to help. Experience the noblemen, farmers, beggers and more. Explore the camp of soldiers, waiting for the ships or walk around the markets and be tempted by the many goods. Maybe you will run into Tordenskiold, the hero of the seas. There is plenty to do when Days of Tordenskiold are coming around.

World War II

North Jutland is abundant in traces from the 2nd World War. The coast of the region is coated in wartime bunkers, and some of the largest and best-preserved bunkers are located in North Jutland. The bunker museum in Hanstholm in Thy is the largest of its kind in Denmark. Here you will find the most complete German defence facility on the west coast. In Frederikshavn, the canons at Bangsbo Fortress are still standing. It was too difficult to move them, so they were left behind. The Bunkermsueum in Hirtshals is an outdoor museum, where you can walk amongst the 54 bunkers scattered along the coast. 

The Cold War

In the 1960's a secret base was build underneath in Rold Forest, North Jutland. The bunker Regan Vest was supposed to be the home of the government and the royals if nuclear war were to happen. Regan Vest will probably be open for public in 2021.

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Bunker i Hirtshals

The Historic North Jutland

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