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Skagen Peninsula

Houses on the Skagen Peninsula, Denmark (cc)
 

Skagen Peninsula (Skagen Odde)

The area north of Fredrikshavn is what promoters of tourism like to call “the land of light.” You can call it clever marketing, but the light really is different up here, which you won’t fully understand or appreciate until you arrive. The best time of year to visit the area is definitely in the summer, but if you want to avoid the big crowds, and the Skagen area in particular gets overcrowded in peak season, then avoid going here in July and early August.

The last stretch of land at North Jutland is called Skagen Odde (the Skagen Peninsula), which starts around the fishing village of Aalbæk and ends where the east coast and west coast meet at Grenen, at the tip of Jutland.

Skagen

Skagen, the northernmost town in Denmark, is an old market town dating back at least 600 years, but it has become more famous in the modern era for a group of painters who settled here in the late 19th century. Other characteristic traits are the yellow houses with red-tiled roofs, the ocean, beaches and moorland, and the famous light. The town itself is quite small, only 11,000 people, but it has a lot of pulse in the summer, with numerous shops, bars and restaurants to accommodate the many visitors.

About two million people visit Skagen every year, a huge number for such a small area, but understandable considering what it has to offer. Firstly, and most important to many, Skagen has more hours of sunshine than any other place in Denmark. Clouds seem to scatter when they approach this small strip of land and it also helps that the northern tip of the Jutland Peninsula is sheltered from the southern part of Norway, protecting it from bad weather coming in from the North Sea.

Last updated April 3, 2012
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