Skagen and the magic of light

Skagen is a magical city. The northernmost of Denmark. Skagen is the city with the most daylight hours in the whole country. A light that has inspired international artists and Danish impressionists who have lived and worked here since the 19th century.
Skagen’s light illuminates the evocative landscape drawn by its picturesque old town, yellow houses, red roofs, wild nature and the sea.
And if all this light and these colors have not satiated you properly, try going to the Skagen Odde Naturcenter, known as the desert fort. Here you will discover many things about light. And not only.

And if you are one of those for whom light is never enough, here there is also that of the sea.
The two seas.
Up here the Skagarrak (Baltic Sea) and the Kattegat (North Sea) meet, coming from opposite directions and meeting producing an evocative, absolutely natural chromatic effect. The two seas have different density, salinity and temperature and cannot mix with each other.

© Dennis Lundby from Visitdenmark
Grenen (“the branch”) it is the northernmost point of Denmark. In Grenen, you can admire the meeting of the two seas

Beyond the dunes, the sand and the seas, Skagen is much more. Here art and culture are everywhere. It will not be difficult for you to discover that the Skagens Museum houses 1,800 works by Danish and international artists from the period between 1870 and 1930s. They are all paintings “born” from the Skagen School, with works by PS Krøyer and Anna Ancher.
Anna is the only artist from the Skagen school to be born and raised in Skagen, daughter of the founder of the famous Hotel Brøndums, where famous artists who passed through here have stayed. It is no coincidence that in the dining room of the hotel there are many paintings that passing artists donated in exchange for accommodation.

To the south of the city, however, it is possible to see the Buried Church, a sacred building built in the second half of the 14th century and over time buried by the sand, of which only the tower is currently visible

Den Tilsandede Kirke
© Christian Faber from VisitDenmark

The picturesque little harbor of Skagen is full of fish restaurants where you can taste the many local gastronomic specialties. In addition to seafood, you can enjoy traditional Skagen ham, organic Angus steaks or a wide range of other local specialties.


Summer for Skagen becomes the season of festivals and outdoor events:

The Skagen Birdfestival is a festival for bird watchers. Every year in May this event is celebrated which establishes a unique opportunity to observe about 350 species of migratory birds.

Sankt Hans is a typically Danish suggestive tradition. On St John’s Eve, June 23, the Danes gather with friends and family around bonfires on the beach. For the occasion, the song of Midsummer Night, written in 1885 by the national poet Holger Drachmann, is sung, while the flames reflect on the calm sea and the mild evening air begins to cool. In Skagen, Sankt Hans is celebrated on Sønderstrand beach at Vippefyret – Skagen’s first lighthouse, built in 1626, from which there is a great view of Skagen and the coast.

Skagen Gray Lighthouse © Mette Johnsen

The Skagen festival, born in 1971 is dedicated to popular and folk music, and the oldest of its kind in Denmark. The atmosphere is festive, with concerts in different locations in the city and at the port, both outdoors and indoors, and with a truly unique mix of musical styles.

The World ballet in Skagen is presented near the buried church. Some of the most prominent dancers in the world perform in a repertoire ranging from classical to modern. The program also features opera and classical music with Danish artists and musicians.


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