Skagen, Denmark

Sand-Buried Church, Skagen, Jutland, Denmark

Introduction to Skagen, Denmark

Experience the radiant light and ruggedly beautiful landscape of Skagen.

Offering incredible scenery, classic Danish character and delicious seafood, Skagen is a joy to behold. Facilitated by its fishing harbour – the largest in all of Denmark – the town continues to prosper and develop. This is highlighted by the charming boutiques and galleries of the town centre and expensive villas, summer houses and hotels that have been built in recent years.

The town has many museums and other attractions to visit including the Skagens Museum, Teddy Bear Museum – home to a collection of over 1000 teddy bears, a nature centre and a 14th century church known as ‘The Sand-Covered Church’, a church so badly affected by desertification that only it’s tower can be seen.

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A TASTE OF SKAGEN

  • Experience some of Skagen’s best culinary secrets
  • Enjoy a taste of the famous Skagen Ham
  • Sample different types of herring
Activity Tour
Price£70.00 - £80.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

This tour will treat you to a truly sumptuous culinary experience.

Just a short drive from the quayside, you arrive at the Brøndums Hotel - a favourite lodging destination amongst artists during the 17th century. While enjoying a taste of the famous Skagen Ham - a delicacy made by Butcher Munch in his local shop – you will be introduced to the elaborate making of this native delight, which is a process that takes a year to complete.

You will finish where you can experience some of Skagen’s best culinary secrets - marinated herring. Located in the harbour area, Pakhuset is a traditional fisherman’s cottage dating back to 1913 when it served as a fish storage unit for the pier. The menu includes typical Danish dishes prepared with fresh local ingredients and here you can sample different types of herring, along with a local beer.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour will involve a moderate amount of walking and standing at each stop. Walking will be mainly over level terrain but some steps will be encountered. The tour may operate in a different order to that described. Unfortunately it is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users.

 


ART & TASTE OF SKAGEN

 

  • Discover the art work of one of Denmark’s most famous artists
  • Visit a Danish Micro-Brewery
  • Sample different types of herring

 

Price£100.00-£120.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Enjoy a scenic drive through charming Skagen on your way to the Skaden Odde Naturcenter, beautifully situated in the protected landscape of Grenen at the tip of Denmark. The Skagen Odde Naturcenter, which is designed by the famous Danish architect Jorn Utzon, famed for designing the Sydney Opera House, houses various exhibitions – one focusing on wind, sea and sand, the three elements that created this region 10,000 years ago after the last Ice Age. 

Following your visit here, you will be invited to enjoy a tasting session of some local beers from a local micro-brewery – Skagen Bryghus. Whilst sipping these tasters, you guide will talk you through how the beer is brewed and what ingredients are used to make these local products.

Next, you take a short drive to Pakhuset for a chance to discover one of Skagen’s most iconic foods – marinated Herring! Located in the harbour area, Pakhuset is a traditional fisherman’s cottage dating back to 1913 when it served as a fish storage unit for the pier. Your tasting menu will include five different types of herring along with some aquavit, a traditional spirit of Scandinavia with flavours of spices and herbs.

After this fascinating insight into some of Skagen’s culinary and artistic history you will be transferred back to your awaiting ship.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour will involve a moderate amount of walking and standing at each stop. Walking will be mainly over level terrain but some steps will be encountered. The tour may operate in a different order to that described. Unfortunately it is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users.

 


White Tailed Eagles, Denmark

EAGLEWORLD & RÅBJERG MILE

  • Enjoy a visit to the unique sanctuary of Eagleworld
  • Admire the white-tailed eagles with a huge wingspan, golden eagles and falcons
  • Visit the migrating sand dune of Råbjerg Mile
Activity Tour
Price£70.00 - £80.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

See the world’s largest eagles being fed, and watch them flying high over the top of Denmark.

Arriving in Eagleworld you will be able to witness e  xperience eagles being fed and can also see the peregrine falcon showing off its flying skills  . During your visit, you can learn more about how the falcons hunt, and see how the birds of prey are trained. In addition there is a photographic exhibition to enjoy.

From Eagleworld you will then drive to the migrating sand dune of Råbjerg Mile. The dune was formed on the west coast in the 16th century, during the great sand drift, and has dominated the landscape until this century. The tracks left by the dune can be seen back to Råbjerg Stene (the stones of Råbjerg). The dune moves eastwards towards the forest at a rate of 15 metres (49 feet) a year. Here you can choose to climb the dune for the fantastic viewpoint and enjoy the great vistas and photo opportunities. Following your stop, you will return to your coach for your onward travel back to your awaiting ship in Skagen.  

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: There will be an approximate 100 metres (328 feet) of walking from the coach to the entrance of Eagleworld and walking over grass at the centre, where a few steps maybe encountered. There is an approximate 200 metre (650 feet) walk over sand from the parking area to the top of the 40 metre (131 feet) high Råbjerg Mile dune. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. The commentary at Eagleworld may be mainly in Danish. Please note that there may be a lot of traffic on the road during this, the holiday season.

 


MEET THE SKAGENS

  • Step back in time at the Museum of Local History
  • Visit a traditional Skagen Home
  • Enjoy some local Danish pastries

 

Price£50.00-£65.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Explore the history of Skagen on foot during this scenic tour to the Museum of Local History, and visit a private home.

Leaving the pier behind you, follow your guide as you walk to the charming old fishing village of Skagen. For generations, the town has been a source of inspiration for artists, poets and musicians, as well as a favourite tourist destination. From wild to mild, with drifting dunes, lush forest and miles of sandy beaches, this rare and natural enclave attracts visitors from all over the world.

Your first stop is to the Museum of Local History, a combined open-air and exhibition centre displays houses from three periods of Skagen’s history. During your guided visit, experience the poor and rich fisherman’s houses from the 1800’s and discover the history of Skagen over the last 200 years. Try your hand at some old crafts in the “Do It Yourself” room. Archaeological evidence, proving that Vikings once settled in Skagen, is also on display here.

Next proceed for a visit to a private local home; the best way to get acquainted with the native culture and daily lifestyle of the Skagen people. Share timeless traditions and stories with your host in a casual setting; coffee and typical Danish pastries will be served during your visit. Afterwards, commence your return walk back to the pier. 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is predominately a walking tour, therefore we do not recommend this tour to guests with limited mobility. The walk to the Museum and from the home is approximately one mile each way over cobblestoned streets. 

 


Skagen cycling tour, Denmark

SKAGEN CYCLING TOUR

  • Cycle around the beautiful town of Skagen
  • Enjoy a scenic cycle ride through the beautiful countryside town
  • Discover the Sanded Church - a 14th century church built on a drifting sand dune
Activity Tour
Price£100.00-£120.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 Hours

This cycling tour is a great way to discover more out about the town of Skagen as you pass by the sights.

Starting from the harbour area, where the story of the fishermen’s cottages is told, you’ll cycle to the Swedish Seamen’s Church and through the scenic western part of town to the Skagen Museum of Local History. Your next stop will be at the former royal summer residence, Klitgaarden on the eastern coast, which is now a resort visited by authors, artists and scientists.

A short ride will then take you to the Sanded Church - a 14th century church built on a drifting sand dune. Today, only the tower of this once magnificent structure can be seen, as the rest has sunk over the years and it is now mostly covered by sand.

Continuing through the old parts of the town, you will hear about the architecture of Skagen – the different building styles and the building traditions. A stop will be made to visit the Skagen Art Museum and Brøndums Hotel where the story of the Skagen painters is told.

Heading back to the quayside, you can see the old timbered lighthouse Vippefyret and hear about Skagen Odde - the world’s largest spit.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Participants on this tour must be active and able to keep up with the rest of the group throughout the tour. The whole duration of the tour will be spent cycling, walking or standing – with a distance of approximately five kilometres (three miles) covered. Bicycle helmets are compulsory, but please do come dressed appropriately for a cycling ride - a warm jumper or jacket is also advisable and you may wish to bring a bottle of water with you. The minimum age to participate is 12 years old, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. All participants must sign an insurance waiver. 


Skagen coastline, Denmark

SKAGEN SIGHTS

  • Admire Skagen, one of Denmark's largest cultural towns
  • Discover why the town has attracted artists for more than a hundred years
  • Visit the northernmost tip of Denmark
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Enjoy the scenery of Skagen – vast, untouched and varied, with woods, dunes and heaths that are surrounded by the sea. Here the people live off the sea and in harmony with nature, in a clean and healthy environment.

Leaving the quayside you will drive to the old quarters of the town and to Skagen Art Museum. Here you can see various works exhibited here – approximately 1,500 paintings, drawings, sculptures and handicrafts by artists working in Skagen between 1830 and 1930. Within the museum is also the Brøndum Dining Room, with paintings and portraits in the panelling, transferred from Brøndums Hotel in 1946. The museum is situated in a wonderful garden close to Brøndums Hotel, where many of the artists stayed.

Next, continue to Grenen, the headland where the Baltic and the North Sea’s meet, where you can enjoy an interesting trip in a tractor bus. Throughout the generations, people from near and far have visited this popular place at the northernmost tip of Denmark, which has more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in the country. After an interesting few hours, you will return to the quayside and your awaiting ship. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and standing with some steps, grass and flagstones to negotiate throughout. There are steps to negotiate into the coach and the tractor bus, which has bench seats. Unfortunately this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Please note that the tractor ride can be quite bumpy. Due to traffic conditions, the itinerary may operate in reverse order.


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