Exploring Denmark: Jutland

On my birthday, so only a day before they left, Resi and Verena spontaneously asked if I’d like to join them on their road trip across Jutland. And since I only had two more weeks left before going back home and nothing else planned for the following days, I decided to hit the road with them. So we rented a car, packed our stuff, and left Odense in the late afternoon to drive up to our first stop, Aalborg. Although it was already quite late when we got there, we still went to the city center and took a walk down by the harbor. The next day, after breakfast at our Airbnb, we drove towards Skagen and stopped at Voergaard Slot and Sæby on the way there.

Once we made it to Skagen, Denmark’s northernmost town, we walked along the beach and long sandbar to Grene, the point where the Skagerrak and Kattegat seas are clashing. The rest of the afternoon, we spent at the city center of Skagen, walked around there a bit and had some coffee and cake. Before driving to Thisted, where we stayed the second night, we visited Råbjerg Mile, a migrating coastal dune and the largest moving dune in Northern Europe, and walked up and down the dunes for a while. Moreover, on our way to Thisted, we also stopped at Rubjerg Knude Fyr, an old lighthouse surrounded by dunes.

In Thisted, we spent the night at a small hut on a camping site. The following morning, we drove through the national park Thy and made some stops in Hanstholm, Klitmøller – also known as Cold Hawaii and where we watched the surfer for a while – and Agger until we made it to Hvide Sande. When we got there, we first had dinner at our apartment and then spent the evening watching the sunset down at the beach.

From Hvide Sande, we headed south and first stopped in Blåvand on the way to the small island of Rømø, well-known and popular for kitesurfing since it was pretty windy there. Although it was so windy there, we sat down at the beach and watched the kitesurfers for a while. Afterward, on the way to Esbjerg, we also stopped at Denmark’s oldest town, Ribe, for coffee and to see the city as well. Since we were a bit tired after the past few days of going from one place to another, once we made it to Esbjerg, we stayed at the hotel watching the football game and had a cozy last evening before heading back to Odense the next day.

But before hitting the road back home again, we made two more stops on the way. First, we went to the campus of SDU in Kolding and later on also stopped by at Egeskov Slot. So, after driving more than 1.300 kilometers in the past few days, we finally made it back to Odense – tired but with many impressions and great memories.

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