Tour descriptions

  • Hike no. 1 – Nordsøstien – the North Sea Trail
    PRICE: DKK 129
    Friday, 7th September at 9.00 h

    The tour starts at Hotel Skagen Strand from where we walk on to the beach and follow the Nordsøstien to the sand-covered church, Sct. Laurentii, which was Skagen’s parish church from sometime in the 14th century till 1795, when the church was closed because of the sand drift that had been devastating large parts of the landscape over a period of more than 200 years. All we can see of the church now, is its tower.

    We make a break at the church and then continue to the railway station on Fredrikshavnsvej. From here, the tour continues through the dune plantation Skagen Klitplantage, which lies between two oceans and is one of the many state-owned dune plantations that were established along Jutland’s north and west coast as a defense against western winds and sand drift. Few dune plantations are as charming as this one. We return to the hotel along the bike route. It is possible to take the train back from the station on Frederikshavnsvej. Then the trip will be 11 km shorter.

    Registration fee includes a sandwich, fruit and 1/2 l. water

    Guides: Erik Ravn-Jensen og Anni Petersen

    Length: 25 km | Expected duration: Approx. 8 timer |Degree of difficulty: Medium

  • Hike no. 2 – Following in H.C. Andersen’s footsteps
    PRICE: DKK 139
    Friday, 7th September at 9.30 h

    We start from Hotel Skagen Strand og walk to Hulsig Station, go by train to Strandby where Denmark’s largest Viking treasure was found 4 years ago. Then we walk north along old paths through varying natural surroundings that hide many stories and large nature experiences like the great ocean, the marvelous woods and the beautiful heath. Mankind has lived here for thousands of years, moving towards the top of Denmark. From Strandby the tour goes to Jerup from where we go back to Hulsig by train.

    Registration fee includes traintickets and a sandwich, fruit and 1/2 l. water

    Guide: Naturvejleder Bo Storm

    Length: 8 km | Expected duration: Approx. 6 timer |Degree of difficulty: Medium

  • Hike no. 3 – across the dune plantation Ålbæk Klitplantage
    PRICE: DKK 119
    Friday, 7th  September at 9.45 h

    The tour starts at Hotel Skagen Strand, and by train we go from Hulsig Station to Ålbæk Station from where we walk about one km along a paved road. Then we continue on paths and small trails across part of the Ålbæk Klitplantage, which was planted in 1881 in the attempt to stop the sand drift that had been devastating the entire Skagen Odde headland since the 17th century. We walk across the area called Siberien and the Northern and Southern stone plains as well.

    The stone plains were formed when sand embankments were washed ashore along the entire coast of the headland that lay here about 4,500 years ago. The stones on these plains have been lying with the same side facing upwards, so they are being ground by the sand carried along with the wind. This makes it a very unique landscape. We continue the hike across the old oak coppice near the manor Gårdbogård. This oak coppice appears to be the remainder of the original oak woods that once covered the entire region. From here, we continue the tour along the small river Knasborg Å, which drains the region west of Ålbæk Klitplantage and leads the water into the Kattegat. The tour ends with a train ride back to Hotel Skagen Strand.

    Registration fee includes a sandwich, fruit and 1/2 l. water

    Guide: Peter Hansen

    Length: 10 km | Expected duration: Approx. 4 timer |Degree of difficulty: Easy – but not suited for wheelchairs and wheelchairs

  • Hike no. 4 – migrating sand dune Råbjerg Mile
    PRIS: DKK 129
    Friday, 7th September at 13.30 h

    Råbjerg Mile is a rapidly migrating sand dune; wind and weather have greatly changed the original landscape. Which wind directions will decide where the sand masses will end up in the future?

    During the dune’s migration through the region, life is taken, and new life and new habitats emerge. Many threatened animal species are doing fine in this mosaic of nature, e.g. Pelobates fuscus frog, the natterjack toad and the sand lizard as well as a variety of birds and many exciting plants.

    Could we see star dust in Denmark’s largest desert?
    Do we find flesh-eating plants near the dune?
    Further questions will be most welcome.

    Registration fee includes a sandwich, fruit and 1/2 l. water

    Guide: Freelance nature guide Villy K. Hansen

    Length: 10 km | Expected duration: Approx. 4 timer |Degree of difficulty: Easy  – on the dune, however, we mainly walk on pure sand

  • Hike no. 5 – Nordsøstien – the North Sea Trail
    PRICE: DKK 119
    Friday, 7th September at 14.00 h

    We start the hike at Hotel Skagen Strand and follow the cultural and historic trail of the Nordsøstien, the great landscapes and the beautiful nature into the beautiful dune plantation Bunken Klitplantage. Here, we find a plentiful wildlife and vegetation, e.g. numerous wood species. And there is a wonderful view of Skagen, Ålbæk, the Hirsholmene islands and Frederikshavn.

    We will be walking along wide and narrow paths, so the tour will be quite alternating. We also come by the so-called Tudsehavet, that was established in the late 1800s. The old Danish word Tudsehav means wetlands.

    The last part of the trail takes us across the railway and via small paths to the main road, which we cross, before we come down to the beautiful beach and from there back to the hotel

    Registration fee includes a sandwich, fruit and 1/2 l. water

    Guide: Gunnar Jørgensen

    Length: 12 km | Expected duration: Approx. 3 timer |Degree of difficulty: Medium

  • Hike no. 6 – Nordic Walking
    PRICE: DKK 119
    Friday, 7th September at 14.45 h
    (introduction to beginners at 14.15 h)

    Join us for a couple of hours of Nordic Walking. Efficient training in natural surroundings at close range. Nordic Walking – an efficient training method because the use of poles will get your pulse rate up, increase the burning of calories because the arm muscles are activated and push the body forward. At the same time, Nordic Walking is good fitness training that activates all of your body’s muscles while still being gentle to all joints.

    Nordic Walking is for all – no matter how young or old you are, no matter your physical fitness. In addition to physical exercise you’ll get a lot of fresh air and warm, rosy cheeks.

    We will provide a brief introduction to beginners half an hour before we start.

    The tour takes place in the area south and north of Hotel Skagen Strand.

    Registration fee includes a sandwich, fruit and 1/2 l. water. We encourage you to bring your own poles. Otherwise, there is the possibility to borrow.

    Guide: Asbjørn Skat

    Expected duration: Approx. 4 timer |Degree of difficulty: Easy

  • Hike no. 7 - Night hike – Dune plantation Bunken Klitplantage
    PRICE: DKK 99
    Friday, 7th September at 21.00 h

    After nightfall, other senses than our vision can provide a quite different experience of the smells and sounds in the forest. This evening/night hike will give you a sensuous feeling of the surroundings, which you would not have in bright daylight.

    The tour starts at Hotel Skagen Strand from where we will be walking along paths and small trails through part of the Bunken Klitplantage. We will be walking on all kinds of surfaces … asphalt, grass, gravel, sand. Wear sensible footwear, because we will be crossing through the habitat of vipers, and at night on a sandy road it can be difficult to distinguish between a tree root and a viper. So please consider what kind of shoes you will be wearing.

    Guide: Peter Hansen

    Length: 10 km | Expected duration: Approx. 3-4 timer |Degree of difficulty: Easy

  • Hike no. 8 – from coast to coast - Hiking through the landscape of the Skagens Odde headland
    PRICE: DKK 129
    Saturday, 8th September at 9.30 h

    This tour extends over approx. 22 km and is for hikers with strong legs.

    We will encounter dune plantation, the Hulsig Hede heath, the Kattegat coastline, the sand dune Sandmilen and rough dunes at the Skagerak. During the hike we will try to imagine what the landscape might have looked like over the centuries. What might it have been like before the sand drift started?

    The landscape is now a mosaic of various natural phenomena, which all play a major role for biodiversity. We will be talking about birds and other kinds of wildlife. If you have questions, please let us know, so we can have a good chat.

    Many have a tradition of brewing their own herbal bitter called bjesk. In many regions, people have always known the beneficial properties of herbs, and bjesk has by and large become the national drink in the Vendsyssel region. This is a long hike, so for the sake of our good health we will taste a bjesk or two.

    Registration fee includes a sandwich, fruit and 1/2 l. water

    Guide: Freelance nature guide Villy K. Hansen

    Length: 22 km | Expected duration: Approx. 6,5 timer |Degree of difficulty: Hard

  • Hike no. 9 – Grenen and the sand-covered church
    PRICE: DKK 139
    Saturday, 8th September at 09.45 h.

    The hike starts at Hotel Skagen Strand; we go by train to Skagen, from where we walk to the old Skagen Vippefyr, also referred to as Skagen’s Lever Light, with its open wood-burning basket, constructed in 1627.

    From here, the tour continues to Grenen, Denmark’s northernmost point and a unique natural phenomenon where two oceans – Skagerrak and Kattegat – meet. Here, we can clearly see how the waves clash against each other. Grenen is a fascinating excursion spot consisting of sand and grit deposits that were brought here by the strong currents. Over the last 100 years, the length of the embankment has grown by 1 km. The large beach area at the peak of Grenen is constantly in motion. This generates lagoon lakes that attract wading birds and other species.

    Via Højen – the old part of Skagen – and the flag hill Flagbakken we arrive at the sand-covered church. All that is still visible of the old church is the tower. All other parts of the building have become victims of the migrating dune. We return to the hotel by train from Frederikshavnsvej station.

    Registration fee includes traintickets and a sandwich, fruit and 1/2 l. water

    Guides: Erik Ravn-Jensen, Anni Petersen and Peter Hansen

    Length: 20 km | Expected duration: Approx. 6-7 timer |Degree of difficulty: Medium

  • Hike no.10 – Nordic Walking
    PRICE: DKK 119
    Saturday, 8th September at 09.00 h
    (introduction to beginners at 8.30 h)

    Join us for a couple of hours of Nordic Walking. Efficient training in natural surroundings at close range. Nordic Walking – an efficient training method because the use of poles will get your pulse rate up, increase the burning of calories because the arm muscles are activated and push the body forward. At the same time, Nordic Walking is good fitness training that activates all of your body’s muscles while still being gentle to all joints.

    Nordic Walking is for all – no matter how young or old you are, no matter your physical fitness. In addition to physical exercise you’ll get a lot of fresh air and warm, rosy cheeks.

    We will provide a brief introduction to beginners half an hour before we start.

    The tour takes place in the area south and north of Hotel Skagen Strand.

    Registration fee includes a sandwich, fruit and 1/2 l. water. We encourage you to bring your own poles. Otherwise, there is the possibility to borrow.

    Guide: Asbjørn Skat

    Expected duration: Approx. 4 timer |Degree of difficulty: Easy

  • Hike no. 11 - Bunken Klitplantage/Birkesø
    PRICE: DKK 119
    Saturday, 8th September at 13.30 h.

    From Hotel Skagen Strand we walk along Anesvej, and then follow the small paths and trails to the beautiful dune plantation Bunken Klitplantage with its plentiful flora and fauna. Back in the 1800s, the Danish state systematically started to counteract the sand drift, and establishing dune plantations was one way of doing it. The plantations were afforested with, for instance, creeping pipe that grew well in the sand and kept the sand were it was.  People talked about “rolling out a carpet of creeping pipe on the sand”. When walking in the Bunken Klitplantage you can probably imagine how the area used to be completely covered with sand.

    We pass by the lake Birkesø, which is one of the small artificially established lakes. Lillesø was excavated in 1964, Birkesø in 1978 and Paddesø around 1990. The shores of all three lakes are densely overgrown with birch, willows and rugosa roses, which the Danish Nature Agency sometimes cut down in order to let light through. The water level varies in all three lakes. Fishing is allowed in Lillesø and Birkesø, whereas Paddesø was established to provide a habitat for frogs and toads. Neither fish nor ducks have ever been released here.

    During the last part of the hike we’ll follow the beach and then be back at the hotel after about 1 km.

    Registration fee includes a sandwich, fruit and 1/2 l. water

    Guide: Gunnar Jørgensen

    Length: 11,5 km | Expected duration: Approx. 3 timer |Degree of difficulty: Medium

  • Hike no. 12 – the Red Bench
    PRICE: DKK 119
    Sunday 9th September at  09.45 h.

    We walk by the Hulsig Church that was built in 1893 in order to save the Hulsig parishioners the long way to a church in either Skagen or Raabjerg. From there we continue to the protected area called Pælens Mile, which has a rich flora and fauna, and soon after we arrive at the Red Bench. This spot offers a great view of Ålbæk Bay. The bay extends from Skagen in the north to the cluster of islands Hirsholmene about 30 km south and the town of Frederikshavn. The bay is a part of the Kattegat and was, in previous times, often used as an anchorage for ships before they were confronted with the westerly winds in the Skagerak at Skagen.

    Registration fee includes a sandwich, fruit and 1/2 l. water

    Guides: Erik Ravn-Jensen og Anni Petersen

    Length: 7 km | Expected duration: Approx. 3 timer |Degree of difficulty: Medium