After the epic pedalling marathon the previous day, we had to take it easy. If you have the energy you could potentially embark on another cycling day up north and surf the waves at Klitmøller.
We did not have the time to include a stop in Skagen, on the very northern tip of Jutland; here’s where two seas meet, the Baltic and the North sea. Skagen was featured on almost every top-ten lists on Denmark therefore we feel you should try to squeeze it into your travel plan.
As for us, we lazily drove the car up north along the western coast. We stopped at Søndervig to photograph a few WWII concrete bunkers as part of the Kryle-Ringelnatter fortress built on the beach by the Nazis to front the Allies’ offensive from the UK and Norway. Read more about it here.
If you visit between May and October, keep in mind that there is also a Sand Sculpture festival in Søndervig.
Practical info for Sand Sculpture Festival
Address: Lodbergsvej 44, 6950 Ringkøbing
Prices: Adults DKK 60/£7/US$9 Children aged 5 to 11 DKK 30/£4/US$ 5
Opening times: May 15 – August 31 10am – 7pm
September 1 – October 27 10am – 5pm
We tried a pølse (hot dog) with remoulade sauce. It was disappointingly underwhelming. You will find many a stall selling hot dogs around Denmark. We have been poking around online and found that the best spots are located in Copenhagen; a few names in particular kept coming up: John’s Hot Dog Deli (which we’ve tried!), together with DØP, the organic hot dog stand, Harry’s Place, an institution since 1965 and the experimental Pølse Kompagniet.
Our next stop along the coast was Thyboron, a fishing vilage located on the southern neck of a canal through which the North Sea “enters” Jutland. Near the small harbour, there is the Fiskehallen, where you can find a restaurant and a fishmonger. We stopped at the latter to purchase some smoked fish: laks (salmon), kulmule (hake) and fiskefrikadellen (fish patties).
You will notice that the landscape is different from the half-timbered houses of the Lake District and Aarhus: the panorama on the coast is dotted with turf-roofed houses and wooden cottages separated from the seaside by high sand dunes.