Jutland - the main land
Jutland - "Jylland"
This big peninsula standing "on top of" Germany is the main land of Denmark. It is the biggest Danish area and in many ways it defines Denmark by its natural geographical boundaries.
The northern most point Skagen is execptionally beautiful. This is where the two oceans The North Sea and Kattegat come together. The west coast has a more straight forward wild nature with lots of wind, a rough coast line, beautiful beaches and tall cliffs falling down towards the ocean.
.. map of Jutland
.. a west coast beach walk
Jutland's biggest cities are Aarhus and Aalborg. Aarhus has a rich college life with many students and education facilities. It's a very nice city. I have been there regularly over the years and it's considerably more laid back than Copenhagen. Although the night life of Aarhus has quite a reputation.
Aalborg has an old history tracing back more than 1000 years. The city today is what I would call nice and calm. It's home of "De Danske Spritfabrikker" - Danish Destillers who make akvavit, the Danish "Snaps".
In terms of a Denmark vacation the northern most part of Jutland - Skagen is famous for its stunning light.. which has inspired painters for centuries. When you see the light there you will understand why. It's truly very special.
P. S. Krøyer was one of the most famous of the "Skagen Painters"
Also the beaches around Skagen area are quite spectacular. Don't miss a trip to the very northern peak "Grenen".. where two oceans collide - the North Sea coming inwards and Kattegat moving out from the east. Not only are the two waters completely different in colour - the waves literally crush against each other as they meet at the pinnacle. Quite a fascinating sight.
The North Sea and Kattegat "collide" at Grenen - the very top of Denmark
The west coast
The long west coast offers you a taste of the Atlantic ocean. Waves are taller here as are the cliffs. In this area days with no wind.. are rare.
The Danish west coast is loved by tourists - due to the number of broad beaches and extraordinary coastal views. If you like a mixture of rough sea shore with plenty of wind and waves and broad sandy beaches - a Denmark vacation at the north-western coast line might just be your thing.
A summer's day in Lønstrup on the north west coast ..
The tall cliffs in the northern parts provide great views. Standing at the edges overlooking the whole scenery is a blast. Every time I visit my friends in Lønstrup - I‘m taken by the enormous power of the waves and the ever present wind.
In certain areas the vegetation grows sideways simply because of the pressure of the wind. That‘s a lot of wind! However.. some days it disappears and you can just play on the beach and enjoy life like we did in the picture above.. spending several days on the beach. Just mere bliss..
The east coast
Due to the more protected situation, the east side is calmer and provides some wonderful opportunities for sailors. The many harbours along the coast offer great experiences. Beaches are plenty as well.
Once I crossed the waters between Zealand and Jutland in our catamaran, going approx. 20 knots most of the way. When we reached Jutland's east coast north of Aarhus we could sail directly up on the beach close to the small town "Øster Hurup". Just a great area.
Photo: Malene Thyssen
Further down in the waters opposite the island of Funen or"Fyn" as people call it, you find an archipelago of very pretty islands. A paradise for sailors.
Read more about "Fyn" and the southern islands here.
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