Climb the Danish desert of Råbjerg Mile
One dune, where you may not want to get too comfortable, is in the migrating sanddune of Råbjerg mile. Råbjerg Mile moves eastwards away from the sea at a rate of about 15 metres every year, so before you know it, you might be away from the sea! Famous for its size and popular among hikers, this is an attraction not to miss out on.
The Buried Church
Another popular attraction in Skagen is the Buried Church. Built in the second half of the 14th century, this church was the biggest in the region. Sand drifts, however, slowly covered the church leaving the congregation to dig their way into it. As this became increasingly impossible, the church was eventually abandoned in 1795 by royal decree. Today, only the church tower remains visible, providing an unusual sight and a beautiful backdrop for cultural events such as the annual World Ballet with performances by dancers from The Royal Ballet of London.
The Skagen artists and the land of light
When you visit Skagen, you will see the impact that artists have had on the village. During the 19th century, Skagen enjoyed great success as a fashionable holiday destination. This attracted a large number of poets, writers and painters to the area and Skagen grew into an international meeting place for artists. Today you can see the works of famous artists like Anna and Michael Ancher, P.S. Krøyer, Holger Drachmann and many others at Skagens Museum. What attracted the many artists and tourists was the fantastic light of Skagen. Skagen is also known as the "Land of Light" as the light is especially pure due to the sun and the meeting of sky and sea. This light turns a magical blue in September where the twilight hour between night and day makes the sea and sky seem to merge together. This natural phenomenon is celebrated during the festival 'Blue September' .
Throughout the year a number of festivals are held in the Skagen including free herring buffet, the great fish buffet, Skagens Quality Food Fair, the motor bike rally 'Træf på Toppen', Skagen marathon, as well as a number of Christmas events. And for those who are not afraid to brave the cold, be sure not to miss out on the annual winter bathing festival.
Many of the festivals and events center around the culinary experiences of Skagen. Skagen is known for its great seafood and in the town many chefs compete in making the most delicious sea food meals. The localy sourced seafood is presented in delicious and inventive ways in the restaurants but many places the Danish classic 'Shooting Star’ with fried and steamed plaice, fresh shrimp, asparagus and caviar is also served. The local brewery Skagen Bryghus delivers great beers to wash down the delicacies.
Sailing town and cruise destination
The connection of the locals with the sea is evident in Skagen. Many of the locals still go out to sea and are employed in the fishing industry. This combination of hard working locals and the dependency on the sea make Skagen an intriguing place to dock your boat and experience local life. The charm of Skagen has also been discovered by an increasing number of cruise liners which dock at the harbour. The small fishing harbour is however not ideally equipped for the big cruise boats and Skagen is therefore in the process of expanding the harbour in order to welcome the cruise ships. This expansion is to be finished in the spring of 2015.
Hotels in Skagen
The more than hundred year old tourist appeal of Skagen has ensured that a great variety of beautiful hotels and guesthouses are located in the town. From 5 starred Ruths Hotel, bed and breakfasts, camping sites and beach cottages, the area has just the lodging for your budget and preference.