Where the waves fight - Skagen

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Lovers of long walks on the beach will be delighted to visit the sunniest part of Denmark. They will be charmed by the yellow Skagen houses, the green meadows and the lively waves of two seas fighting each other at the end of Grenen.

On the northern tip of Jutland there is a place that is washed by the waters of two seas: the Baltic and the North. It is a sandy spit called Skagen Odde, one of the largest in Europe. To say that the peninsula is washed by the sea sounds too gentle. In fact, the masses of waters clash like enemies on a battlefield. Standing at the end of the headland, we can observe the force of the elements, and the waves can not only delight but also scare you.

Skagen Odde is one of Denmark's most attractive tourist destinations. It covers a narrow peninsula, at the foot of which lies the charming town of Aalbaek, slightly higher up Kandestederne and Hulsig, and finally, in the northern part, Skagen. Above it, two straits meet: Skagerrak and Kattegat, mixing their waters in great discussion. In addition to the battle of waves, tourists are attracted by the magic of vast moors and dunes moving under the influence of the wind.

The Land of Light

The famous peninsula is the sunniest region in all of Denmark, which is why the Danes themselves described it as the Land of Light . All the places that are located along it are very atmospheric. Particularly noteworthy is the city of flounder and watches, i.e. Skagen. The local houses look extremely cozy thanks to the yellow walls and red roofs. Only 4 km higher is Grenen - a headland where the waters of the North Sea and the slightly cooler Baltic Sea meet. Willing people can easily rent a bike to get to this amazing place quickly.

The story of Skagen begins like a fairy tale: in Denmark's northernmost part, surrounded by the waters of two conflicting seas, sand ruled in the past. He wandered slowly, turning the landscape into a great beach. He covered meadows, houses and churches with a sand duvet, taking over swathes of land. One of the proofs of the power of its expansion is Den Tilsandede Kirke, the Church under the sand. Today, only the tower serving as a viewing point remains - the rest was absorbed by golden dust.

In the midst of wandering sand

Nineteenth-century artists appreciated the beauty of Skagen, praising it in their paintings and poems. In the past, the town was called an island in a sea of sand. At the end of the 19th century, the Danish government decided to fight the golden element - trees were planted and hectares of grass were sown. North Jutland became green and the areas where Tornby, Bunken, Tversted and Aalbaek are today became wooded areas. For example, at Tversted there is Tversted Klitplantage , where pine, mountain pine and spruce grow, there are also birches and oaks.

Wandering between the dunes, we can come across the tomb of Holger Drachmann . The Danish painter and poet fell so fond of the sight of the fighting waters of both seas that he wished to be buried in this place.

Sleep with the sound of the waves

After a day on the windy beach, it's time to rest. Those who would like to spend the night at a campsite may be interested in the offer of Skiveren Camping . It is open from Easter to September 30, and is located right next to Tversted, at the base of the headland. It is approximately 25 km from Skagen. The accommodation for an adult costs from 10 to 12 euro / day. At Skiveren camp site you will find tourist information with free maps, cafes and a shop with fresh bread and groceries.


The Danish peninsula is a place that can captivate everyone. It is worth staying on it for a few days to rest in the midst of green and blue.

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A writer by profession, a passion of a cat. One day he will see what is behind the Urals - good to Vladivostok. So far, when he can, he enjoys the sun of the countries of southern Europe. And it's also fun;)

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