Danish regions: Jutland West Coast
The Danish west coast reaches for more than 500km from the German border to the very tip of the Jutland peninsula. The wide-open sandy stretch is a haven for active holidays with windsurfing, paragliding and blocarting. Nestled among the dunes all along the coast are holiday homes, making the area a popular destination for families. The west coast also has two national parks with natural wonders such as seal-watching. And there are romantic destinations, such as the seaside town of Skagen and Denmark’s oldest town, Ribe. Family attractions include easy access to world-leading amusement parks, including Fårup Sommerland.
The town of Skagen is known for its gourmet seafood, windswept sandy beaches and classic seaside hotels. The town is divided into Old Skagen (Højen) to the west and the fishing town of Skagen to the east. Among the town’s attractions is the Skagen Museum, which is dedicated to romantic paintings of local seascapes by the Skagen Painters.
Grenen is the tip of Denmark where the two seas, Skagerrak (the North Sea) and Kattegat (the Baltic Sea), meet in a rippling current. There is a romantic sense of land's end at Grenen, the very northern tip of Denmark.
The Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse is engulfed in mighty drifting sand dunes. You can climb to the top of the lighthouse for sweeping views of the coastline. The lighthouse is located close to the seaside town of Lønstup.
At Råbjerg Mile you can wander barefoot across one of Europe’s largest drifting sand dunes, which is slowly migrating through blueberry bushland at a speed of about 15 meters a year.
Thy National Park
A coastal wilderness, the Thy National Park features open heather moors, woodlands, lakes and miles of bicycle-friendly roads. The town of Klitmøller in the park offers some of Europe’s best windsurfing.
Hailed by industry watchers as one of the world’s most family-friendly amusement parks, Fårup Sommerland is located by the west coast and offers attractions for all ages, including Europe’s largest family suspended coaster.
North Sea Oceanarium
The oceanarium in Denmark’s busiest fishing town offers a chance to experience local indigenous sea life in aquarium habitats.
The island of Læsø
Reachable by ferry from the town of Frederikshavn, the island of Læsø is known for its open plains, salt-making and tradition for cottages thatched with seaweed. An off-the-beaten-track destination, the island also offers sandy beaches and bicycle-friendly roads and lanes.