Grenen is the most Northern point in Denmark, over 2 million tourists each year visit Grenen to see where the junction between the North sea and Baltic sea meet. It is a unique sight to watch and the colliding seas have created a 4km long curved sandbar above and below the waves. The reef is still active and has grown about 1km towards Sweden over the last century, meaning it is growing by about 10 metres per year.
The currents here are very strong and it is forbidden to swim in the seas at Grenen.
It is a birdwatchers paradise with the greatest number of species observed in all of Denmark.
It is also one of the best places in Denmark to see seals. We could see a number of seals out in the sea on the horizon and we were fortunate to watch a baby seal cross the two seas before re-joining the group.
There is a bunker museum you can visit, however there are a number of old German bunkers located in the sand dunes and one of them is now in the sea.
It took us about 25 minutes to walk along the beach to see the seas collide. If you would rather you can get a tractor bus to take you, a return ticket coat approx 4 euros per person.
Skagen is the most northern town in Denmark and full of charm and is the home of the famous ‘Buried Church’ its real name is Saint Laurence’s church. It was thought to be built in the 14th century and was the largest church in the region.
Sand migration started in the 16th century and reached the church at the end of the 18th century. At that time the congregation had to dig their way into the church when they wanted to attend a service. The struggle with the sand continued and the church was closed by royal decree in 1795.
The only part of the church that is now visible is the tower, the outline of the church is marked out on the ground so that you can get a perspective of how large the church was in its former glory.
As you drive through Skagen you will see the Vippefyr on the headland. The Vippefyr is a lever light, the original was built in 1627 but now a replica stands on the same site. It is lit once per year for the midsummer festivities.
The lighthouse in Skagen is still used today.
Its surprising how much there is to see in this location and you could easily spend a few days seeing all the sights. It has definitely made our ‘return to’ list.