Offering incredible scenery, classic Danish character and delicious seafood, Skagen is a joy to behold. Facilitated by its fishing harbour – the largest in 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.
The northernmost point of Denmark and the meeting of two seas, the Skagerrak and the Kattegat. This is considered the finest spot to see Skagen's unique light, which seems to join sea and sky together and has drawn artists to the town since the 1870s.
Skagen's exquisite evening light led to the town becoming an artists' colony, initially revolving around Michael Ancher and Karl Madsen. Ancher's house is preserved as a museum, and Skagen's museum houses over 1,800 works from this group.
Skagen is Denmark's largest fishing port and the first in Europe for landings of pelagic fish. The town receives the largest amount of Norwegian lobsters in Denmark. The most available fish are large flat-fish, cod and salmon all year round, garfish and mackerel from Mid-June to September.
Skagen's landscape is made up of an ever-shifting pattern of sand dunes. Råbjerg Mile is the largest migrating dune in Northern Europe, standing 40m above sea level and occupying around 2km². These impressive dunes move up to 18 metres a year.