Guide to Skagen - Everything a Tourist Wants

19. Aug. 2013

Skagen - Sun, Art and Beauty

Skagen is the Northernmost Point in Denmark.

Skagen and its surroundings have everything a tourist wants from a vacation. Skagen is one of the sunniest places in Denmark and adds a unique light which spreads over the beautiful nature and the long, white sandy beaches. Skagen is one of the most popular places for a holiday in Denmark, and you can understand why once you have been to the beautiful top of Denmark. On this page, Danhostel.dk/en will try to help you with a few suggestions for your stay in Skagen.

PLACES TO STAY IN SKAGEN

Danhostel Skagen

Of the nearly one hundred hostels in Denmark, Danhostel Skagen is the one located furthest north in the town of Skagen, renowned for its beautiful, scenic surroundings. The hostel is encircled by some of the best beaches in Denmark, and in the Grenen area north of the hostel, you can see where the spectacular west coast of Denmark meets with the east. At this geographical point you can also experience the strange phenomenon, where waves of the Kattegat and the Skagerak Seas clash together. The hostel was built in 1994, has 127 beds and is located in peaceful surroundings close to the town centre and the many sights of Skagen. Danhostel Skagen is also perfect for school camps. Book ahead. The hostel is very popular all year round.

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Danhostel Frederikshavn City

The newly opened Danhostel Frederikshavn City has 130 beds.  From here you can reach all the major cities and attractions in Vendsyssel, the most northern part of Jutland. The hostel is an old restored warehouse which dates back to 1857.  It is situated in the cosy square Vægtertorvet, which is centrally located in the middle of Frederikshavn. You are only a few minutes away from the harbour and the pedestrian zones with several good restaurants and exciting shops.

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THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN SKAGEN

The top of Denmark is also called The Land of Light. The area in and around Skagen has so much to offer including beautiful beaches, different varieties of quaint villages, churches, monuments and incredible nature. So whether you want to relax or be active, experience towns or nature, enjoy time with your children, the rest of the family or friends, Skagen has something for everyone.

Grenen

You must see Grenen - You can walk or take a tractor ride with Sandormen

As the geographical top of Denmark, this is the point where the two seas, the Skagerak Sea and the Kattegat Sea meet. You can get there by taking the famous tractor ride with Sandormen, which takes you from Skagen city all the way to Grenen at the tip of the North Coast.

Skagen Fyr

From the top of the tallest Lighthouse in Denmark you have a fantastic view of Skagen and the surrounding area. The grey lighthouse was built in 1858.  From ground level, the spiral staircase leads 46 m (160 ft) and 210 steps up to the external balcony.

Rubjerg Knude

This big sandy cliff lies in dramatic surroundings just south of the town of Hirtshals. On the highest point of Rubjerg Knude lies The Lighthouse Rubjerg Fyr. This 23 m (75.5 ft) tall Lighthouse is destined to plunge into the water below in about 15-20 years, as the sea erodes the shoreline. The Lighthouse was built in the year 1900 and from here you have a fantastic view of the area.

Skagen Museum

Some of Denmark’s most famous painters and artist lived in Skagen, and from the end of the 1870s and up to the turn of the century, Skagen was an international meeting place for young artists. The collection at Skagen’s Museum includes over 1800 paintings, sketches, graphic works, sculptures and ceramics. The most prominent Skagen artists are Anna and Michael Ancher and P.S. Krøyer. The museum was founded in 1908 in order to collect and preserve the works of the famous artists of Skagen.

Skagen Sønderstrand

Visit the Sandy Beaches

Skagen is surrounded by sandy beaches, and we highly recommend a visit to Skagen Sønderstrand, just a few minutes walk from Skagen city centre. It is a sandy family friendly beach, where the Skagen painters found the inspiration for many of their famous paintings.

The beach is lovely for families, and each year on Midsummer’s Eve there is a bonfire.

Råbjerg Mile

This sandy dune is the biggest dessert in Northern Europe, and invites visitors to a day of fun, running up and down the sandy hills. The history of this massive, 40 meter high dune is interesting, as it lies in the middle of the flat country of Northern Jutland, grabbing everything in its path, as it moves about 15 meters to the east every year.

Bolcheriet- Candy Factory

Do you have a sweet tooth for candy and caramel? Then the Candy Factory is the place for you. See how sweets are created from start to finish by professional candy makers and feel how the newly made caramel melts on your tongue. Choose between more than 32 varieties of homemade sweets in the delightful sweet shop.

Den Tilsandede Kirke - The Buried Church

This church was once the largest church in the region of Vendsyssel, until the sand started drifting into the church. This drift started around the year 1600, and reached the church at the end of the 18th century. The congregation had to dig their way into the church when they wanted to attend services. The struggle against the sand continued until 1795 when the church was closed.

 

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