"Skagen,the land of moving dunes and clashing waves" Skagen by lbhspatriot
Skagen Travel Guide: 64 reviews and 146 photos
The land shaped by nature,
Skagen is located at the northern tip of Jutland Peninsula and is an extremely picturesque area, distinguished by its yellow summer houses with red roofs located just on the sandy beaches, beautifully kept lighthouses, moving dunes, tidal waves and an extremely popular tourist destination of Denmark!
Skagen’s landscape is formed by nature and I found its job impressive! The wild landscape reminds me of Oasis on the deserts as this exact process shaped the area in the past centuries. What is so loved by tourists was a huge problem for locals, the moving dunes and desertification still shifts the land very quickly, however it seems to be under control now - as many bushes and fir trees were planted there to stop the dunes. But two significant moving dunes remain in the area, including the enormous Råbjerg Mile.
In Skagen you can find remains of buildings that lost their fight with sand and wind, one of them is the "Tilsandede Kirke" - a church buried by the migrating dunes and a lighthouse that shared its fate - the Rubjerg Fyr.
This area is a unique place where the land dictates its terms and humans have to abide them.
Skagen is associated with art, Danish Painters formed there a community in the past (the 1800s) - actually so big it was that Skagen was named the artist colony. Many of them escaped the big cities to live in this picturesque and unspoiled area. They recorded the views on their painting, view that were soon to disappear because of the changing lifestyles.
It is still a popular sight for artists and there are many art galleries in the town itself. Even if you don't like art it is still worth stepping in, just to see how the area changes through centuries! And if you are an art lover (like me) buy a little watercolor paintings - way better than a postcard (although more expensive).
The area continues to be a tourist destination. A highlight of the year is the celebration of Midsummer Eve on the beach with blazing bonfire and song - which I am very sorry I didn't witnessed!
There are many attractions for tourists there and I promise you- you won't be bored. For those who don't like crowds it might be a little too much - but there are many little streets and beaches so you will find a place for yourself.
To find an ideal Skagen attraction for you go through my tips!
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