This is me at my posh hotel room in Gothenburg, so I’m back from Skagen …. Denmark, one beautiful town up on the most Northern tip of Denmark.
The summer has been very difficult to download this year, at least here in Scandinavia.
The first two days wasn’t the greatest, one morning we had rain up to lunch, but mostly overcast – BUT on Tuesday we woke up to the summer. It had arrived … and they have promised that it will last for at least 10 days.
A perfect day to visit Grenen’s Odde where the two oceans meet, Skagerrak and Kattegat, and miles after miles of white fine sand.
We were lucky that the summer bus had started up only a couple of days before … it had been too fare to walk, too expensive to take a taxi and my friend doesn’t go on a bike.
The bus toke us to start of the sand dunes and the massive car park with Denmark’s most Northern kiosk and public toilets. From there the “Sandormen” (sand snake) took over. Special built wagons that is pulled by tractors out into the soft sand … all the way out to the tip of Denmark, where the mighty waves of the Skagerrak and Kattegat and waging a constant battle about who is the strongest.
The “Sandormen” is dating from the late 40s.
At the time, pebbles was collected from Grenen to the many houses that were being build after the war. As transportation for the public it started in May 1952 and today I think there is about 10 equipages in business today.
The Grenen is one of Denmark’s greatest natural attractions and visiting the tip of Grenen with Sandormen is an exciting ride through the sand dunes that has been taken over by birds and vegetation.
Birds gather at the Odde’s “Lands-end”, particularly during the spring breeding and autumn migration seasons. Raptors are the dominant species during the spring. During April–May, recorded species include sea eagle, golden eagle, buzzard, red kite, falcon and crane. In Autumn sea birds gather. Gannet, guillemot and many species of skua are commonly noted, as well as nightjar, woodlark, and Coal Tit. (text; wikipedia.org)
It is the scene where an amazing natural experience is played out by a combination between sand, water and the impressive lighting. It has about 1 million visitors per year.
There is also a art museum, Grenen Kunstmuseum with a very nice restaurant “De 2 Have” ( the 2 Oceans).
It is forbidden to bathe on the Grenen, as it formed dangerous currents where the two oceans meet. It is allowed to wade, so I wanted to get to know the unique experience to stand with one foot in each ocean. It’s was freezing.
In Skagen town it was very quite a windy day, but out on the Grenen is was just a pleasant breeze. We sat there on tussock and looked at the all the ships passing and just enjoying life at it’s best.
The land near Skagen has risen 15 m/49.2 feet and land uplift continues today at a rate of approximately 2.5 mm/1 inch per year.
Of course we had an ice cream before it was time take the bus back to Skagen station and I also bought my last post card in the kiosk.
“My favorite place to vacation is anyplace by the ocean.”