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About Skagen

Skagen is a world of windswept beauty, a finger of reef where sun-bleached dunes meet swathes of pastel sky.

 

Denmark's most northerly town on the tip of the peninsula is famed for fishing (you won't find a tastier shrimp salad on homemade rye), while its poetic seascapes and luminous evening light has inspired many an Impressionist artist.

 

Skagen's main attraction is the sandy Skaw (after which the town is named) at Grenen Beach - a tapered spit where two worlds literally collide. Here, the north seas of Skagerrak and Kattegat meet, crashing together in the middle, but always look separate.

 

While standing for the obligatory photograph with a foot in each sea, you'll often spot whales and seals, and in springtime follow the swoop and fall of hundreds of rare migrating birds.

 

Such natural beauty is the inspiration for many local artists. Browse their wares in the abundant galleries, jewellery and craft shops.

 

Shore excursions in Skagen

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Panoramic Skagen

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

See the picturesque sights of Skagen from the comfort of your coach.

Sit back and relax on board your coach as a leisurely drive introduces you to the idyllic town of Skagen and its pristine surrounding countryside. During your tour, your knowledgeable guide will enlighten you with interesting information on the area.

In the town itself, you’ll pass by Skagen's Museum of Local History and see the contrasting homes of local fishermen, both rich and poor. Then, it’s onward towards the former Royal summer residence of Klitgaarden, before heading south for a drive through the Hulsig Heath - a protected rural landscape. You’ll then drive by the Raabjerg Mile, the largest migrating sand dune in Denmark and Northern Europe. It was formed on the west coast in 16th century during the great sand drift.

Continue back to Old Skagen where you’ll see typical seaside hotels and the characteristic bright yellow Skagen houses. Pass the Skagen Odde Nature Centre, designed by the world famous Danish architect, Jørn Utzon, then on to the Grenen area where you’ll learn about why Skagen has 4 lighthouses!

During your tour, a stop will be made at local hotel where refreshments of tea, coffee and a local pastry will be served.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves minimal walking.

Skagen by Bike

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

A great way of seeing the sights of Skagen.

Do as the ‘Skagbo’s’ - Hop on your bike and cycle through the picturesque town of Skagen with yellow painted houses, white fences and red roofs. Head out into the unique landscape towards Grenen viewpoint, which is located on a peninsula with only a few kilometres of land between the Baltic Sea and the North Sea.

Arriving at the Skagen Gren viewpoint, dismount your bike and walk through the dunes to the very top of Denmark. Marvel at the scenery as you stand at the uttermost point of the whole European continent and the point where the seas of North Sea and Baltic Sea meet.

Enjoy a soft drink refreshment at the top of the continent, before continuing cycling to the Buried Church. The ruins of the old church have fallen prey to the drifting dunes and now only the original spire remains standing as the dunes grow bigger and bigger. Ride back to Skagen through the old town before returning to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bike and on foot. This excursion is only suitable for those in good physical condition. You must be a competent rider and at least 12 years of age. Your tour includes a full explanation of equipment, complete safety instructions and a safety helmet (compulsory). Closed-toe shoes are required. Distance covered during the cycle ride is approximately 12 miles.

Skagen Walking Tour

Activity high

Duration: 3 hours

Follow in the footsteps of the famous Skagen painters.

A short transfer will take you past the inner marina, lined with charminig red painted houses, to your starting point.

Setting off on foot, your guide will lead you past the White Lighthouse for a photo stop at the Vippefyr, a traditional tipping lantern that was a popular type of navigational aid used in Denmark during the 17th century and even earlier. From here you can enjoy views of the white sandy beach, Soendre Strand.

Continue past typical yellow painted Skagen houses, surrounded by small white fences and beautifully kept gardens. Along the way, you will also pass the historical Brøndums Hotel, dating back to 1840.

Visit the Skagen Museum of Art, which houses a large collection of paintings created by the famous Skagen painters.

Your walking tour will then take you past the former residence of the painters Anna & Michael Ancher, 2 of the prominent Skagen painters. Follow your guide along the Skagen shopping street and take a closer look at some of the galleries.

The shopping street leads to the Skagen Church dating back to 1841. This church replaced the former church, St Laurence’s, which can be seen just south of Skagen and is now known as the Buried Church. (The Buried Church will not be visited on this tour).

Your tour will end close to the marina, where you may choose to explore Skagen further or return directly to the ship via the shuttle bus.

Essential information

This tour will operate on foot. This tour may operate in reverse order and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Photos are not allowed to be taken inside the museum. Passengers are required to use the shuttle bus service for their return to the ship.

The Top of Denmark

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 3½ hours

Located at the northern tip of Jutland, Skagen is Denmark’s northernmost town and is unlike any other.

Famed for its painters, Skagen town is full of picturesque fishermen houses, all painted in warm yellow with red roofs and characteristic white edges. The local inhabitants, or ‘Skagbo’s’, take great pride in their town with neatly white-painted fences and well-kept gardens.

From the pier, pass by the Bindebøll warehouses and head South to one of the area’s most curious attractions: the Buried Church – an old church buried in the sand, where only the upper two thirds of the tower can be seen!

Returning to Skagen town you’ll pass by Anna and Michael Ancher's House and the Skagen Art Museum. It was here the famous Skagen painters in the 19th century created their characteristic works, inspired by the light and the French impressionists. At the Skagen Museum of Local History, learn about life in the village back in the late 1800’s.

North of Skagen is Grenen, the very top of Denmark. Board the ‘Sandormen’, a tractor driven bus that will take you to the uttermost point of the whole European continent and the point where the seas of North Sea and Baltic Sea meet. Enjoy some free time for souvenir shopping before returning to your ship.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach, tractor bus and on foot. There is approximately 30 minutes of walking on this tour over some uneven ground and beach. Practical walking shoes are recommended. There are 2 steps to negotiate to board the tractor bus. This tour may operate in reverse.

Voergaard Castle and Pastry

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

Visit Voergaard Castle and Bangsbo Manor Old Mill for a Danish Pastry.

Skagen is located on the ‘very top’ of Denmark, on a narrow strip of land, between the 2 seas, Kattegat and Skagerak. The town is surrounded by heath and dunes - a quite special landscape - which you’ll drive through on your way to Voergaard Castle.

Voergaard Castle can be found behind a wide moat and metre-thick walls and is Denmark’s most beautiful renaissance castle with the scariest ghost stories and finest private art collection. Enjoy a guided tour through the rooms and halls, boasting numerous treasures - some of them with a history dating back to Napoleon.

Bangsbo Manor Old Mill is situated in the hills behind the town of Frederikshavn. Enjoy a refreshment of tea or coffee and sample one of the famous Danish pastries, before continuing back to Skagen for a panoramic drive through the town.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately one hour of walking on this tour, including some over sand and approximately 60 steps inside the Castle.

 

A selection of cruises to Skagen

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