Early Autumn escape to North Jutland

Grenen - the tip of Jutland, Skagen, Denmark

Autumn is here and with it comes unpredictable weather. Luckily, Indian summer greeted us and the first weekend of October was surprisingly mild and warm. This weather was glorious for a full day of exploration in North Jutland. The pack was gathered at the most northern point of Denmark, Grenen (Skaw Spit) in Skagen, where we had ourselves a morning walk along the beach. I love Autumn for its remarkable transformation and its enchanting color palette, which is slowly becoming more and more dominant in the landscape. Right here in Skagen the fiery and earthy colors were blended to perfection with the remaining summer greens and the blue waters. It was such a refreshing morning. There is just something about fresh air and ocean smell that makes you feel alive and free!


Grenen does not only allow you to stand at the very tip of Denmark but also allows you to witness an extraordinary wonder of nature: Convergence of two seas, the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. The shape of the peninsula on Grenen is temporally unique; meaning it is constantly changing as it is formed by the continues wave interactions between the two seas. Normally you will see Grenen depicted as a long stretch of sand on the map of Denmark, however this morning small waves were peacefully rolling in and covering the entire Grenen so that only a snout was visible. I recall the first summer I was setting foot on Grenen, it was packed in tanned-meat and floods of tourists, making it impossible to appreciate this famous landmark. Today, however, we had the whole area to ourselves and it was beautiful.


Desert landscapes are not exactly what comes to mind when you think about Denmark. Nevertheless an area of around 1 square kilometer between Skagen and Frederikshavn is covered by migratory sand dunes. This impressive scenery is known as Råbjerg Mile and is the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. Classical fall weather was lingering in the air as we arrived: The sky was hanging heavy and low, uniting itself with the sand far out in the horizon. We wandered through the camel-colored dunes and collected treasured memories in the form of sand particles that undoubtedly will be hidden in the most sacred pocket holes of our shoes for the months to come. We only covered a small fraction of Råbjerg Mile, which leaves me no choice than to return ones more to fully explore this natural phenomenon of drifting sand dunes.

Råbjerg Mile at Bunken Klitplantage between Skagen and Frederikshavn, Denmark

The effects of the shifting sands can be devastating and its severe impact can be experienced by visiting Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse. The lighthouse is found on the impressive coastal cliff, Lønstrup Klint - but not for long. Left desolate and abandoned, the lighthouse is battling a fierce fight against sand dunes and coastal erosion, facing an inevitable face-plunge into the sea within the next 10 years. I was over-the-top excited about visiting "The destructive Sahara of Denmark" and could totally imagine myself traversing through the desert with solid wind blown sand lashing against my face. There was, however, no whirling sand this day and to our big surprise Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse was under construction. Regardless, this ghostly sentinel still made his impression; standing with the remaining power he has left on the brutal battlefield, the very edge where sand meets ocean, and overlooking the North Sea which soon will become his future home.

Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse, Lønstrup Klint, Denmark

The past couple of weeks have been intense at work, so it was an incredible relief to get out and get away. Normally my schedule is super packed and I haven't been able to spend much quality time with my friends from work. I have been missing out on a lot of social activities and it annoyed me, so much that I started feeling a hole of empty space being drilled in my heart. Spending an entire day with these lovely faces was an incredible joy and it was fantastic to be able to explore Denmark together with them. "A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles" - this statement is so true and this weekend trip wouldn't have been the same without you.

18 comments:

  1. Really an amazing place and great photographs. Those grasses and sand beach reminds me of the beach from the movie Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows, where Dobby was buried. ;-)
    Btw what's the story of that rabbit, I hope it was not dead, is it !!! ? Just curious ;-)

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    1. Uh, never really had the time to watch the Harry Potter movies - but interesting correlation Amal :-)
      Unfortunately it was dead. I was rather surprised to see the rabbit laying there. Probably some fox tossed it there.

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  2. I love your photos so so so so so so so so much <3

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  3. // Tusen tusen takk, føles veldig godt å være tilbake igjen <3

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  4. Through these photographs, I can feel the stiff breeze coming off the water. I would like to visit the area one day!

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    1. Thanks Henry - it is always nice to hear, that ones photos can evoke feelings in another person :) I would urge you to come and visit these places. Getting close to the water is always relaxing.

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    1. Thank you so much Lola :D Happy to get positive feedback from a great photopgrahper as yourself!

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  6. Jeg har vært på ferier på nordvestkysten av herlige Danmark nesten årlig siden jeg var bitteliten, og kan egentlig ikke skjønne hvorfor jeg aldri har besøkt Råbjerg Mile. Rubjerg Knude har jeg derimot besøkt et par ganger, siste gang var for fem år siden, og det ser jammen helt annerledes ut der nå! Spennende å følge utviklingen!

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    1. Ej hvor super hyggeligt Marianne - så du svinger stadig forbi det nordlige Danmark hvert år? Du må endelig sige til hvis du er i Danmark og mangler lidt selskab i Råbjerg Mile, så kommer vi glædeligt med det samme :) Ja, kysterne er så evigt foranderlige. Det er aldrig det samme syn, man møder og det er derfor, at de er så vældig spændende at besøge igen og igen og igen.

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  7. Nu prøver jeg lige igen, da min kommentar ikke gik i gennem første gang :) Det ser ud til at have været en dejlig tur! Jeg er helt vild med Rubjerg Knude og hvor er det sjovt, at se tårnet skilt ad!

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    1. hahaha Michelle fortalte godt, at du havde haft nogle problemer. Godt at du kom stærkt tilbage ;-) Det var sådan en dejlig tur og jeg er mægtig glad for, at jeg fik nydt de sidste lune dage med en sjov omgang roadtrip i det danske land. Jeg skal helt klart tilbage til Rubjerg Knude og forhåbentlig næste gang, så er tårnet samlet igen!

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  8. Stunning photos!! Jylland er et fryktelig flott sted :D

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    1. Tak Renate! Ja, Jylland er virkelig smuk og burde virkelig få mere kredit. Vi har været afsted igen denne weekend og fanget endnu mere smuk natur, så du kan godt begynde at glæde dig :3

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  9. Så smukke billeder som altid (:
    Elsker Skagen, og prøver at besøge det så ofte som muligt, når jeg er hjemme!
    http://cammi.dk

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    1. Det kan jeg sandelig godt forstå. Nu hvor Michelle og jeg er begyndt at komme lidt mere rundt i Danmark, så har det virkelig åbnet vores øjne for, hvor meget skøn natur vi egentlig er gået glip af. Det må udforskes og nydes noget mere :D Ihhh jeg har slet ikke haft tid til at følge med i dit kinesiske eventyr - det må jeg lige få gjort inden så længe (:

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