Danish Ø-dyssey Part I - the dramatic clash of mainland Europe and Scandinavia

> Several hiking and camping excursions to "the tip" of Denmark < 


If we only had to pick one place to go in Denmark it could be the tip of Denmark – from Thy National Park in North West along the ocean to Skagen in North, where the landmass juts dramatically out into the sea on all sides. This is the expiration of mainland Europe, where mainland Europe meets Scandinavia. Or to be more precise: this top part of Denmark is actually an island, the northernmost island in mainland Europe, split from mainland Jutland by the enormous fjord, Limfjord.


This part of Denmark is breathtakingly beautiful with a dramatic coastline and beaches of which parts can seem incredibly remote and empty, especially offseason. These windswept western and northern coasts are a windsurfer’s paradise with beautiful but harsh landscapes, endless white beaches, sand dunes, cliffs, and forests. The sight of trees bending east from the sheer force of the prevailing wind and sand dunes eating away houses and churches is bizarre. This region also offers many small picturesque settlements, some of the freshest seafood in Denmark, and several on-the-beach shelters where we have camped for the night.


Oh, and that special luminous light! We have found many times that this part of Denmark produces a very special light and more hours of sunshine than the rest of Denmark. 

For more fascinating islands in Denmark, check the other Ø-dyssey travel sites:

- II: Islands off Central & South Jutland

- III: South Funen Archipelago

- IV: Islands off Funen, Ærø & Langeland

- V: Islands off Zealand & Bornholm

Selected pics from our Danish Ø-dyssey - Part I:

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© Anders M. Pedersen & Jakob M. Pedersen

All photos have been taken by Anders & Jakob.