Inside Passage

Azamara Journey - Day 2 - Skagen, Denmark

Author Anne Plau

Skagen also awaits us with nice weather. Already at 8:00am the sun shines from a clear sky and at noon it is pleasantly warm with 25 degrees. The Azamara Journey docks in the fishing port, the largest in Denmark. We look at colorful boats, small houses and a wide dune landscape.

Fishing boats in Skagens harbor

Fishing boats in Skagens harbor


Discover Skagen on your own

From the train station in town, buses should go to all sights: to Gammel Skagen, the old district, to Grenen and to Tilsandede Kirke, the silted up church. We want to use these bus routes and then take a walk through the town. Unfortunately there is bad news. At the tourist information office at the pier, we find out that the buses do not run on weekends. It's Saturday and we have to reschedule. At first we can't get used to the idea of ​​renting a bike. So we take the free shuttle bus that shuttles between the pier and the city center all day. Skagen is still pretty boring in the morning. The shops and cafes are only just opening. You can find information in our article Skagen.

Skagen - Sankt Laurentii Vej Pavilion at the Grenen car park

 

We can't find a taxi or a bike rental. So we set out on foot to Grenen. This is a flat headland a good four kilometers north of Skagen, where the Kattegat and Skagerrak meet clearly.

With the tractor to the very tip of Denmark

Cars or buses can drive up to a parking lot one kilometer from the headland. From there you can continue on foot through the dunes or with the Sandormen. The "sandworm" is a covered wagon with benches that is pulled by a tractor. He drives from the parking lot through the dunes to the beach.

The Sandormen Walkers on the Grenen

 

We walk the very monotonous route along the country road to the Grenen parking lot and take the Sandormen to the beach. You can stop there and take one of the next cars back. It costs 30 Danish kroner there and back, around four euros. Grenen is impressive. The position and shape of the outermost tongue of sand can change depending on the flow conditions. We see exactly how the waves of the two seas meet.

Skagerrak and Kattegat meet

Skagerrak and Kattegat meet


Picturesque Skagen

We go back again with the Sandormen. And at the parking lot we find a taxi that takes us to Skagen. At the end of the 19th century Skagen was known as one of the most important artist colonies in Scandinavia. Skagen is still very picturesque today. The townscape is dominated by small, ocher-colored houses with red roofs and white roof joints, which fishermen used to serve as landmarks. There are many small shops selling arts and crafts, galleries, cafes and restaurants in the village. Everything is now full of people and Skagen is fun to stroll through.

Skagen's pedestrian zone

Skagen's pedestrian zone


At noon we will take the shuttle bus back to the Azamara Journey. A bike rental service is set up at the pier. We could now rent a bike for € 10 a day. It's a shame, we were out too early this morning.

Hike to the silted up church

We eat on the terrace of the buffet restaurant and then set off again. Along the port, past the coastal museum, we walk through the dunes to the silted up church. The silted up church of St. Laurentius is a good three kilometers southwest of Skagen. The church dates from the 13th century. Because of the heavy silting, the nave had to be demolished in 1805. The church tower was preserved and can be visited.

Kystmuseet Skagen The stepped gable of the silted up church

 

The Azamara Journey does not leave the port of Skagen until 20:00pm We relax by the pool for a while. Later we see the long beaches north of Skagen from the ship. Then Denmark is slowly lagging behind.

Continue reading: Day 3 - Oslo