Skagen museum (founded in1908) offers not only famous works of Skagen school painters but also invites you to the beautiful garden surrounding the museum. Anna and Michael and P.S.Kroyer's masterpieces are generously exhibited. One may enjoy the typically Skagen paintings, then briefly visit the shop and generously spend time drinking coffee and a piece of Danish pastry.
Skagen Museum is truly a must see! It is a wonderful show case for some of Danmark's talented artists, such as, P.S. Kroyer, Anna Ancher and Michael Ancher which are three of my favorites.
These along with many more artists created an art colony at Skagen, some living there permanenty and others spending summers in the creative environment. The subject of much of their work is mainly scenes and people from the area. They have captured the beautiful play of light in Skagen and the reality of life/death in a fishing village vulnerable to some awesome, life robbing, storms.
A great many of the paintings in Skagen's Musuem depict the residents of Skagen, home scenes of the artists, and the love, labor and danger that is part of life for the local fishermen.
A wonderous sight is the definitve line between two seas. In Skagen, at the northern tip of North Jutland, a trip to the beach is a given, but the surprise of viewing the meeting of two currents is great indeed. It was something I had never thought of and it was awesome.
It was a very cool October day when I came to the beach in Skagen and the northern waters were even colder so I didn't jump in. Still, I could imagine a hot summer's day swimming in the North Sea and my friend swimming in the Kattergat. We could see each other while in two different bodies of water. Amazing!
Det Hvide Fyr (the White Lighthouse) is the oldest lighthouse in Denmark, and was built in 1747 to replace the old 'vippefyr' (read my other tip). It was designed by architect Phillip de Lange who also designed many famous buildings in Copenhagen, and the 19-meter-high tower is on a list of historically important towers in Denmark...
In November 1858, the White Lighthouse was replaced by 'Det Grå Fyr' (the Grey Lighthouse), and is now used for local exhibitions and as an outlook point (but I didn't visit)...
Vippefyret (the bascule light) is located just outside the centre of Skagen, and is a reconstruction of a original 'vippefyr' from 1626. It consist of a basket in which coal or wood was burned, a very popular construction in Denmark in the 17th and 18th centuries...
Vippefyret stands on a little hill about 25 metres above sea level, and there is a nice view of the coastline from the hill...
Skagen Vandtårn (the Water Tower) is located just opposite Michael and Anna Ancher’s House, and the tower from 1934 is rising above the low houses in the centre of Skagen... 34 meters high and built of about 130,000 red bricks...
It has a capacity of 150,000 litres of water, but was taken out of production in 1983, and now used as an outlook point... And there is a nice view of Skagen from the top of the Water Tower...
Michael and Anna Ancher were both members of the society of artists in Skagen, the famous Skagen Painters... They bought the house on Markvej in the centre of Skagen in 1884 and lived there for about 50 years. In 1967, the house was restored and turned into a museum with Michael and Anna Ancher's original furniture and paintings - and some paintings made by other Skagen artists - on display. I'm generally not interested in art, but think the paintings of the Skagen Painters are quite wonderful...
Saxilds Gaard (the Saxild House) is located next to Michael and Anna Ancher’s House. It is an old beautiful building from the 18th century, and is now used for special exhibitions...
Grenen, located 4-5 kilometres north of Skagen, is a junction where the strait of Skagerrak and the Kattegat sea meet. A unique place where you can stand with one foot in the North Sea and the other in the Baltic Sea... But no bathing because of very dangerous underwater stream. Grenen is a must in Skagen, but a quite popular spot and can be very crowded (just look at my picture)... It is also a popular spot for birds to flock on their migration route, and if you’re lucky you can also see seals sunbathing among the tourists...
You're not allowed to drive all the way to Grenen. There is a parking lot about 1 kilometre away, and from here you can take the 15-20 minutes walk to Grenen or use Sandormen (The Lugworm/Sandworm), which is a tractor with a passenger-trailer...
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Skagen is a site of one of Denmark’s earliest lighthouses, the vippefyr or bascule light ( tipping lantern) that is an old fashioned lighthouse basically. It was a type of navigational aid very popular in Denmark. This lantern is made of wood and has a little basket attached where coal was put it and the burned. It looks a little like a playground seesaw or an old fashioned scale. A reconstruction of the lighthouse It is located in North Skagen, very near Grenen beach.
Den tilsandende kirke
This is a burried church or rather a remaining tower of a 14th century church that got covered by moving sanddunes. The migrating sands led to the abandonment of a parish church and burried it in the sand so only a tower remains.
This is a famous landmark of Skagen and many tourist visit the location. You can enter the tower for a small fee, but you can tour the outside with no fee at all, not even a parking charge. There is a small souvenir shop in the church itself where you can buy postcards and many collectibles - and also a larger store near the parking grounds.
The church is well marked from the main road, so you should have no trouble finding it. It will take about 5 minutes to walk from the parking to the church, if you like cycling you can hire a bike in Skagen and ride through the dunes as it is a remarkable adventure! If you are not a cyclist however, you can hike through the pathways, but remember that is might be a long way so bring food and drinks with you!
Grenen is located on the tip of Skagen, the northmost point of Jutland. It is worth visiting because it is the northmost point of Denmark. It is a popular place for all tourists becuase that is where the tidal waves of Skagerrak and Kattegat meet. You can walk to the headland at Grenen and go in the water at this a spectacular setting where two parts of the North Sea meet.
But be careful, this makes for turbulent waters that can be quite dangerous for swimmers.
You can get their by foot on the coast, or by one of the tractor buses (Sandormen) that will take you along the dunes. It is a great experience, especially on a hot summer day. Unfortunately packed with tourists but as I was one of them I didn't mind.
The most famous Skagen artists are the Danish painters Anna and Michael Ancher and P.S. Krøyer. But also artists such as Holger Drachmann, who was both poet and artist, Viggo Johansen, Carl Locher, Laurits Tuxen and the Nordic artists Christian Krohg and Oscar Björck contributed to putting Skagen on the map.
Skagens Museum was founded in 1908. The aim was to collect and preserve some of the Skagen artists’ works in the environment in which they were created, and to make them available for a larger audience. During the following years it became possible through donations and gifts, first and foremost on the part of the artists themselves, to establish an art collection. After a rather unsettled existence the collection received its own home in a museum designed by the architect Ulrik Plesner in 1928. Since then Skagens Museum has accumulated the most comprehensive collection of the Skagen artists’ works.
In 1928 the Skagens Museum collection had approx. 325 or more works of art, while today the collection consists of approx. 1800 paintings, sculptures.
April - Sep.: Daily 10 am - 5 pm
March - Oct.: Wed. - Sun. 10 am - 3 pm
Admission Fee: Adults: DKK 60
Children and youths (up to 18 years): No charge
Groups (over 20 people): DKK 40
School classes: No chargerawings and graphic works as well as a smaller selection of art ware.
Råbjerg Mile is the largest moving dune in Denmark.The wind moves it up to 15 m a year in a north-easterly direction. The dune leaves a low, moist layer of sand behind it, stretching westwards to Skagerrak, where the Mile was formed more than 300 years ago.
When you see it first you might think that you are somewhere in Africa. It is a lot of fun to jump there.
Was officially opened 19 November 1907 by King Frederik VIII. The new harbour was important for the progress of the town/fishing industry. Today one of the most important fishing harbours in Denmark. The fish-packing buildings designed by T. Bindesbøll in 1907 today house restaurants & fishmongers.