Where you can stand in 2 seas!
Trip Start Mar 17, 2012
80Trip End Jun 26, 2012
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Our quick tour of Western Sweden is at an end as we drive onto the Stena Lines ramp and into the bowels of this massive craft. We park as directed and leave the vehicle to make our way onto the passenger comfort levels. The ferry is similar to a cruise line, with duty free shops, casino, children entertainment areas, restaurants etc. etc.
For the sail away from Goteborg we find the best vantage point on an upper outside deck. It is a little bit chilly in the early morning, however well worth it being outside and being able to have a birds eye view of the city and surrounding waterways.
After a 3 hour plus sea journey we approach the port harbour of Frederikshavn
There is not a lot to see in Frederikshavn, so we proceed directly towards Skagen. It is only about 40 kilometres up to Skagen, but we stop just 7 kilometres north of Frederikshavn at Strandby to enjoy a snack by the sea. Strandby is an idyllic little fishing village with its harbour, fishing boats and yachtsmen. There is also direct access over the dunes to a white sandy beach.
Skagen has a fishing population that lives off the riches of the sea and is at the mercy an whims of fate; an artistic tradition that has captured these people on canvas, in verse and in song for generations. This is the contrast and symbiosis that make Skagen such a magical place.
Skagen takes its name from the region, which projects into the waters between the North Sea and the straits of Denmark. Skagen is considered the boundary between the Skagerrak (named after Skagen) and the Kattegat. At its very tip is a sandy, shifting headland known as Grenen. Here it's possible to experience the sight of waves clashing together from each side of the tip. The big attraction for tourists is to stand either side of the sandy tract’s tip and declare that they are standing in 2 seas simultaneously
As usual, there is not nearly enough time to explore all that this village has to offer and after a couple of hours of sampling it’s delights and sceneries we are once again back on the road for our next town to explore on the way to our nights accommodation. The next town we arrive in is Hirtshals. There is not much happening here and we press on through the large township of Aalborg and on to our B & B – Svanfolk, in the shire of Kongerslev.
After checking in we enquire as to the best place for a meal in the area, and we are directed to the coastal seaside village of Oster Hurup. This is not a destination on the tourist ant trail, however it gave us a true taste of local Danish seaside life. The food so typically Danish and the ice cream bar was a sight to behold.
On the way back to our B & B we made a few quick stops at some local sights – windmill, churches and a cemetery, and a large house with carving and roadside pond. All very Danish in their own quirky way.
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