For more than a century, Skagen (pronounced skane), a picturesque area where the North Sea meets the Baltic Sea, has been a favorite destination of well-off travelers, artists, and architects. This 600-year-old market town on Jutland's windswept northern tip has long pebbly beaches and huge open skies. Sunsets are tremendous events, so much so that idlers on the beach stop and applaud. Its main industry has traditionally been fishing, but tourism now seems to be eclipsing that.
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Explore the scenic splendour, history and flavours of Skagen and its surrounds during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Skagen and Buried Church
Depart the pier for the short drive down the east coast to the Buried Church. A photo stop is made her to view its ruins, which have fallen prey to the drifting dunes. Today, only the original spire remains standing as the dunes grow bigger and bigger.
Coastal Drive and Voergaard Castle
Next, re-board your coach and drive continues along the east coast, which offers splendid views of the sea and heath, then head to the Voergaard Castle. Situated behind a wide moat and approximately 3.2-foot-thick (one-meter-thick) walls, Voergaard is Denmark's most beautiful Renaissance castle. During your guided visit inside the castle, learn about the history of the castle, its past inhabitants and 'ghosts', and view a priceless collection of art, treasures and royal antiques.
Skagen Countryside, Bangsbo Manor, Old Mill and Pastry Tasting
Leaving the castle, re-board your coach and drive through the picturesque countryside to Bangsbo Manor, nestled in the hills behind the town of Frederikshavn. Upon arrival, proceed to the Old Mill for a refreshment stop and an opportunity to sample a famous Danish pastry. Afterward, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to Skagen, then pass through the village before arriving back at the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.6 miles (about one kilometre), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 60 steps inside the Voergaard Castle. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least six years old to participate on this tour. The tour sequence may vary. During the calls on the 18th July and 18th August, no photo stop will be done at the Buried Church
Experience the scenic beauty and sights of Skagen in a unique new way during this invigorating, half-day sightseeing excursion via bicycle.
Skagen, Heath, Dunes and Grenen Viewpoint
Receive your safety instructions, helmet and bicycle, then depart the pier for your guided bicycle tour through the village of Skagen and its surrounds. Along the way, pass by yellow-painted houses with white fences and red roofs, then traverse the heath and dunes en route to the Grenen Viewpoint, which is located on a peninsula between the Baltic Sea and North Sea. Arriving at the Skagen Gren view point, we will leave the bikes behind and walk through dunes and sand to the very top of Denmark - where you will be able to stand in two seas at the same time.
Buried Church and Old Town
Next, your route continues through the scenic landscape. A refreshment stop is made before heading to the 13th-century Buried Church to view its ruins, which have fallen prey to the drifting dunes. Today, only the original spire remains standing as the dunes grow bigger and bigger. After your photo stop, ride back to Skagen via the Old Town, then commence the short transfer back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of riding for approximately 13 miles (about 21 kilometres) and a moderate amount of walking for approximately 328 yards (about 300 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is recommended for guests who are in good physical condition, and are competent bicycle riders. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must wear their safety helmet at all times whilst riding the bicycles. Guests must be at least 12 years old to participate on this tour, and minors must be accompanied by a parent. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.
Experience the spectacular scenery of Denmark's largest migrating sand dune and a breath-taking show of birds of prey during this unforgettable, half-day excursion.
Depart the pier for the short, scenic drive to Eagle World. Upon arrival, view the photo and falconry exhibits in the showrooms, observe the world's largest eagles being fed and feel the whirr of wings overhead. Next, marvel at the flying skills of lightning-quick peregrine falcons, learn about the falcon hunt and see the falconers train the birds.
Following your visit, re-board your coach for the drive to the nearby Råbjerg Mile, the largest migrating sand dune in Denmark and northern Europe. Formed on the west coast during the great sand drift that dominated the landscape from the 16th to 19th centuries, the Råbjerg Mile moved eastward at a rate of approximately 49 feet (15 metres) a year. During your visit, you may opt to climb to the top of the 656-foot (200-metre) sand dune, which offers splendid panoramic vistas and photo opportunities.
Old Skagen, Damstederne and Klitgården
Your tour concludes with an approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier. En route, drive through Old Skagen. Originally a small fishing hamlet, Old Skagen has been a fashionable Danish holiday resort since the turn of the 20th century. From here, pass by the Damstederne area, Klitgården, formerly a summer residence for royals, and the Skagen Museum.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.6 miles (one kilometre), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 656-foot (200-metre) climb to access the top of the sand dune. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Explore the local charm and landmarks of Skagen during a half-day excursion to this historic town and its lovely environs.
Skagen, Artists' Homes and Brøndum Hotel
Depart the pier for a short, guided walking tour through Skagen Town. Along the way, pass by the charming homes of local painters and artists such as Anna and Michael Anchers, and Holger Drachmann. Continue past the famous, tiny Brøndum Hotel, a favourite haunt of the mid-19th-century 'Skagen Painters'. Their light, summery artwork is displayed in many national and international homes and museums.
Grenen Train-Ride, Old Skagen and Buried Church
Next, board a coach for the short drive to Grenen. Upon arrival, board the Sandormen, or 'Sand Worm' mini-train, for a panoramic ride to the highest point in Denmark. Following your ride and a souvenir stop, re-board your coach for the drive to Old Skagen. Here, a visit is made to the Buried Church. One of the nation's most curious attractions, this old church is buried in a wandering sand dune, and only the upper two-thirds of its tower is visible. At the conclusion of your visit, commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 0.6 miles (one kilometre), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and mini-train. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.
Indulge your senses with the unique flavours and idyllic beauty of Skagen Town during this picturesque, half-day tasting excursion on-foot.
Skagen Village, Broendums Hotel, Anchers' House, Skagen Bryghus, and Beer Tasting
Depart the pier for the short transfer to the starting point of your guided tasting tour. Upon arrival, begin your guided stroll through the scenic village of Skagen. Along the way, pass by idyllic streets, houses and famous landmarks, including the Broendums Hotel and home of artists Anna and Michael Anchers, before arriving at the local brew-house, Skagen Bryghus. During your visit, enjoy a tasting of different beers whilst listening to a brief introduction to their brewing methods and ingredients used.
Harbour Area, Skagen Marina, Pakhuset Restaurant and Herring Tasting
Next, your guided stroll continues through the town, and ends in the harbour area near the Skagen Marina with a visit to the Pakhuset restaurant. This traditional fisherman's warehouse dates back to 1913, when it served as a fish storage unit for the pier. Here, discover one of Skagen's most iconic foods, marinated herring. Your tasting menu includes five different types of herring served with a beer. Whilst at the Pakhuset restaurant, see and hear about their impressive collection of figureheads. At the conclusion of your visit, walk to the shuttle stop for the short transfer back to the pier, or opt to remain in town for further exploration and return to the pier at your own expense.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 2.5 miles-3.7 miles (about four kilometres-six kilometres), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to board/de-board the shuttle. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and raingear from the ship. Guests must be at least ten years old to participate on this tour. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages.