Skagen is Denmark’s northernmost town and a popular holiday destination. Skagen is loved by many Danes, who are attracted to the broad, white, sandy beaches, impressive sand dunes and historical landmarks. On top of this, Skagen has the most hours of sunshine a year in Denmark. Bird watchers also flock to Skagen where they can observe the most bird species in the country. Being the country’s largest fishing port, the town has a deep-rooted fishing culture which is still alive and well, and can be experienced in everything from delicious fish and seafood restaurants to the lively marina, to the artistic interpretations in the town’s many museums.
The unique quality of the light and the natural beauty of the area inspired towards the end of the 19th century a group of Scandinavian artists, who became known as the Skagen painters. The way of life of the local fishing community and the natural scenery were interpreted in an Impressionist style and constitute an important period in Danish art history. The painters were known to gather at Brøndum’s Inn, which still operates as a hotel today. The works of the Skagen painters can be explored at several museums such as Skagens Museum, Anchers Hus, the residence of the famous painter couple Anna and Michael Ancher, and Drachmanns Hus, the home of the painter and poet Holger Drachmann.
Grenen, the northernmost tip of Skagen and Denmark, is a long sandbar formed by the two colliding seas of Kattegat and the North Sea. A tractor-drawn wagon known as Sandormen, “the Sand Worm”, transports visitors from the parking lot all the way out to the tip, but the beach can also easily be explored on foot.
Råbjerg Mile is an impressive migratory dune, the largest moving dune in Europe, with a height of 40 meters above sea level and an area of around 2 km2.