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Skagen is a fascinating place to visit, not only because of Grenen, where the Baltic and North Seas meet. It is a lively town with lots to offer. You can shop and go for good food here, the marina is popular so expect to go second row in the summer months.
The walk or ride out to Grenen the northernmost point of mainland Denmark is a real drawcard for Skagen. And it really is fascinating. But Skagen is also a quaint little town with museums, shops and beaches to offer as well. If you take the time to get there, make the most of it and go and explore!
The typical architecture in the town is dominated by the yellow houses with their terracotta-tiled rooves and narrow streets. It does look quite sweet.
Go, See and Do:
Definitely go for the walk or ride up to Grenen, to continue out past the bunkers along the beach to the point where the waters of Skagerrak and Kattegat meet. Even with calmer winds the waves crash against each other, mixing the two waters. Only meters apart the waters have different colors and completely different temperatures. Don’t try to swim though, the current is a strong one. To get there just follow the main road from the marina north, up past the beach, the old lighthouse and then you can’t miss it. There is a bus, but it is a nice walk or ride.
Once at the end of the road you can take the tractor out to the point but it is much the better experience to walk over the dunes. Do be prepared that, depending on the time of year, you might be amongst hundreds of others. And go out to the point and get your feet wet in both waters, compare and enjoy! Depending on how much time you have, you can picnic in the dunes, walk around the flat sandy area, or just wander back to the kiosk to continue back to Skagen.
Along the way you will see the classic lighthouse, but also just near the beach is the old Vippefyret an old style swinging lighthouse with a basket for the fire. It dates back to 1627 and was the first of its kind in Denmark. Once the basket was alight it was raised to be seen from afar. Nowadays it is lit for the Midsummer celebrations.
If you hit a rainy day be sure to visit one of the many museums in town. Two of the most popular are the Skagens Museum and
Anchers Hus. The town museum houses artworks from several painters from Skagen around the late 19th century, when the town was an artists’ colony. It has recently been renovated and extended to show even more works. Anchors Hus was the house of the artist couple Michael and Anna Ancher from 1884. Thus the house exhibits the original house and inventory plus about 250 works of their world-famous art. They are located near the eastern end of the shopping street, not far from each other, and are open almost every day in Summer from 10am – 4 or 5pm. More information in on these two and a further museum is here.
Go for a wander around town, check out the cute streets with the lovely houses and gardens. And if you are in the need for some retail therapy, Skagen has a number of stores to help you out. One of our favorites is the store with all you need in your kitchen! Wonderful items for cooking, some food and deco: Laurentius Skagen on Sct Laurenti Vej 29, just follow the main shopping street further to the east. On the way you will find many more! Otherwise there are small stores all over the place that have great stuff to inspire you even if you don’t have any cash to hand.
More practical and necessary for your daily needs is the bakery: just wander in to town from the marina to the town hall and you can’t miss it. On Sankt Laurenti Vej 82 is the Rådhusbageriet, open daily from about 6 in the morning and they have great cakes too!
Watch out for the annual Skagen Festival-It features four days of music across the town, usually held the first weekend in July. Towards the end of August you can catch the Food and Design Market for local produce and items in the auction hall.
Speaking of food, don’t miss the fresh fish stores at the marina, or if you prefer to eat out, just stroll around and take your pick! there are a few supermarkets to choose rom, just take Isvej/Holstvej into town. Once you get to the main street you can’t miss them.
You can hire bikes at Ykeludlejning at Vestre Strandvej 4, just to the east of the marina, behind Aavangs Fiskehus.