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Skagen, Denmark

Skagen is a town in North Jutland. 

Skagen is the northernmost town in Denmark, with the northernmost point in Denmark,

Grenen

. This is where Kattegat (waters between Denmark and Sweden) and the Skagerrak (part of the North Sea) meet.
It is a town where the main turnover is the fishing fleet and the connected industries - food industries and different industries supporting the fleet. The second source of income is tourism.

Geography
Skagen is Denmark's northernmost town, located 41 kilometers (25 mi) north of Frederikshavn, 108 kilometers (67 mi) northeast of Aalborg, and 226 kilometers (140 mi) northeast of Aarhus by road. It takes its name from the peninsula which projects into the waters between the North Sea and the straits of Denmark. The oldest areas... Read more

Skagen, Denmark

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Skagen is a town in North Jutland. 

Skagen is the northernmost town in Denmark, with the northernmost point in Denmark,

Grenen

. This is where Kattegat (waters between Denmark and Sweden) and the Skagerrak (part of the North Sea) meet.
It is a town where the main turnover is the fishing fleet and the connected industries - food industries and different industries supporting the fleet. The second source of income is tourism.

Geography
Skagen is Denmark's northernmost town, located 41 kilometers (25 mi) north of Frederikshavn, 108 kilometers (67 mi) northeast of Aalborg, and 226 kilometers (140 mi) northeast of Aarhus by road. It takes its name from the peninsula which projects into the waters between the North Sea and the straits of Denmark. The oldest areas lie along the south coast. Gammel Skagen (Old Skagen), also known as Højen, is located next to Nordstrand on the western side. Vesterby and Østerby are notable for their little fishermen's cottages and narrow streets. Danish national road 40 to Frederikshavn passes through Skagen.

Grenen (also known as the Skagen Odde peninsula) is bordered by Ålbæk Bay (Ålbæk Bugt) to the east on the Kattegat and Tannis Bay (Tannis Bugt) to the west on the Skagerrak. The area is picturesque and distinguished by its low, yellow houses with red tile roofs nestled into the beach areas. The wild landscape was largely formed by a severe process of desertification in the 18th and 19th centuries. Problems with moving dunes and desertification were subsequently brought under control in the latter 19th and early 20th centuries by establishing large plantations of grasses, bushes, and fir trees. Two significant migratory dunes remain in the area, one of which is the enormous Råbjerg Mile.

Climate
Being surrounded by the sea in three directions, Skagen has a cool oceanic climate with a lack of temperature extremes. Its maritime and moderated characteristics are shared with the rest of the country. Skagen is Denmark's sunniest town with an average of 233 hours of sunshine in the holiday month of July, higher than the 222 hours recorded for Bornholm's Østerlars.

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Skagen, Denmark: Port Information


The harbor is adapted to accommodate large international cruise ships. A new 450-meter berth was completed in 2015, and the former 170-meter berth was extended to 200 meters.
There are modern tourist facilities in the port. The port provides shuttle service.

Get around Skagen, Denmark


A very popular way of transport in the area is by bicycle on a distributed net of bicycle paths.

What to see in Skagen, Denmark


  • Bolcheriet, Havnevej 6, +45 9899 0007 (info@bolcheriet.dk, fax: +45 9899 0607), Tu-Su 10 AM-5 PM. Here you can see how candy is made, taste the sweets and buy some to take home. Free.  
  • Grenen, (use road 40 to get there, there is 2-3km from the parking lot). The northernmost point in Denmark.  
  • The Harbour. The main spot in summer where thousands of tourist frequents the different restaurants on the quay. The harbor itself is a big marina with many guesting boats from Norway, Sweden, and Germany.  
  • Råbjerg Mile

    , (right south of town). One of the biggest migrating dunes in Europe. It is moving about 15 meters pr. year eastward leaving a new land to be populated by plants and animals on the western side.  
  • The Buried Church (Den tilsandede kirke), +45 9844 4371. This church from the 14th century became buried by the moving sand dunes and is not in use anymore. Inside is now a tourist shop, small fee.  
  • Skagen Lighthouse

    , Corner of Markvej & Sct. Laurentii Road. 10:00-16:00. Built in 1858. 46 meter high and thereby the highest in Denmark. (Only open on weekends from April 1st till May 31st and from September 16th till October 31st).
  • Grenen Kunstmuseum, Fyrvej 40, +45 9844 2288. A very good art museum showing a vast collection of paintings from the famous school of artists from the late 19th century, the Skagen Painters. free.  
  • Water Tower, Markvej/Sct. Laurentii Vej. 11 AM-5 PM. Built in 1934 and was in use until 1983. It is 34 meter and contained 150,000 liter of water. 120 steps will take you to the top with a fantastic view of the town.

What to do in Skagen, Denmark


  • Fishing: The harbor in Skagen is a good place to fish, because of the two seas meeting at Grenen.
  • Bird watching: 'Grenen' and the areas right southwest of it is one of the best spots in Denmark watching migrating birds and the town is visited by hundreds of bird watchers in spring and fall.
  • Beach Life: Skagen is surrounded by fine white beaches.
Sports
  • Skagen Kultur & Fritidscenter: Indoor swimming, Handball, Volley, Badminton. Does also have a small restaurant.
  • SkawBowling: A bowling center with 8 bowling lanes, pool tables, slot machines, and a restaurant.
Tours
  • Skagen Turist arranges guided tours in Skagen.
  • Bike rental: Bikes can be rented at Skagen Cykeludlejning.

What to eat and drink in Skagen, Denmark


Eat

Skagen is well known for its fish products in general and for its fresh cooked shrimps in particular. Enjoy them on the quay at the small restaurants in the old fishing houses.
  • Restaurant De 2 Have, Fyrvej 42, +45 98 44 24 35. Gastropub and restaurant at Grenen's parking lot, with a view at the two oceans.  
  • Pakhuset, Rødspættevej 6, +45 98 44 20 00. Fish restaurant at the harbor.  
  • Jakobs Café & Bar, Havnevej 4A, +45 98 44 16 90. Popular café and bar in the city center.  
  • Bodilles Kro, Østre Strandvej 11, +45 98 44 33 00. Restaurant with traditional Danish food.  
  • Skagen Fiskerestaurant, Fiskehuskaj 13, +45 98 44 35 44. Fish restaurant at the harbor.  
  • Restaurante Firenze, Havnevej 9, +45 98 45 19 22. Italian restaurant and pizzeria.  

Drink

  • Jakobs Café & Bar, Havnevej 4A, +45 98 44 16 90. Popular café and bar in the city center.  
  • Boddy Holly Skagen, Havnevej 16. Night club  
  • Green's Pub & Café, Havnevej 3A, +45 98 45 15 85. Café and bar in the city center.

Shopping in Skagen, Denmark


Amber and different handicrafts.

Safety in Skagen, Denmark


Generally: Denmark is a very safe country, with almost no risk of natural disasters or animal attacks. There is one poisonous, but rare and non-aggressive, snake, the European viper (Hugorm), in some heathlands and a stinging, bottom-dwelling fish called "Fjæsing", known as Greater Weever (Trachinus draco) in English. Its sting is painful, but not generally lethal. It is strong enough, however, to be lethal to children and the elderly, so medical treatment is always encouraged. Red stinging jellyfish sometimes infest bathing waters in great numbers. Their sting can be painful but has no adverse effects on humans. They are dish-sized, easy to spot and avoid. As in the rest of Europe and the world at large, borrelia carrying ticks have also been on the rise in Denmark. Always check your body for attaching ticks, when you have been in the wild, especially when legs and arms are bare and the vegetation high. If they are removed quickly, no disease will be transmitted. If the infection does occur, a red ring will occur around the bite, and you should seek medical assistance as soon as possible.

Compared to most other countries, crime and traffic are only minor risks, and the most serious crime visitors are likely to encounter is non-violent pickpocketing.

On foot: In cities, Danes drive by the rules, and they have every expectation that pedestrians do the same. Therefore, it is important to obey Walk/Do not Walk signals and avoid jaywalking in cities, simply because cars will not slow down since you are not supposed to be there. Traffic signals are obeyed around the clock, so do not get surprised to see law-abiding Danes, in the dead of night with not a single vehicle or bicycle in sight, patiently waiting for green light. You are supposed to do the same. Also, take good notice of the dedicated bike lanes when crossing any street to avoid dangerous situations as bikers tend to ride fast and have right of way on these lanes.

On the beach: Do not bathe alone. Do not get too far away from land. Swim along the coast rather than away from it. In some areas, the undertow is a danger, and kills a number of tourists every year, but will mostly be signed at the beach. On many beaches, flags indicate water quality. A blue flag means excellent water quality, green flag means good water quality, red flag means that bathing is not advised. A sign with the text "Badning forbudt" means that bathing is forbidden. Obey these signs, as it often means that the water is polluted with poisonous algae, bacteria, or chemicals, or that there is a dangerous undertow. 

In an emergency dial 112 (medical help/fire brigade/police). This is toll-free and will work even from cell phones even if they have no SIM card. For the police in not-emergencies call 114.

Language spoken in Skagen, Denmark


Danish is the official language. English is widely spoken. 

LOCAL TIME

11:43 pm
October 23, 2020
Europe/Copenhagen

CURRENT WEATHER

10.91 °C / 51.638 °F
light rain
Sat

11.18 °C/52 °F
moderate rain
Sun

11.19 °C/52 °F
light rain
Mon

10.67 °C/51 °F
light rain
Tue

10.39 °C/51 °F
sky is clear

LOCAL CURRENCY

DKK

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