Skagens Museum

From the end of the 1870’es through to the early 1900’s,Skagen became an internationally renowned and fashionable venue for Scandinavian and European artists, who were fascinated by the stunning, untamed landscape and the fishing community.

Its location between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea

created an especially favourable working environment for

the young painters adhering to the naturalistic plein airism.

Their preferred motifs were the landscape and the

beaches by the sea, everyday life in the fishing village and

the tiny sunlit rooms. Through their Skagen paintings the

artists achieved world-wide fame at the great exhibitions

in Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Venice, Chicago and elsewhere.


Skagens Museum, founded in 1908 by a group of the Skagen

painters, houses 2000 paintings, drawings, sculptures

and handicrafts by artists working in Skagen between

1870 and 1930 – plus the Brøndum Dining Room, with

paintings and artists’ portraits mounted in the paneling,

transferred from the Brøndum’ s Hotel in 1946. Many of

the art works reflect the period of naturalism and plein air

painting in the last decades of the 19. century when the

artist colony in Skagen flourished. The museum is situated

in a lovely garden right next to Brøndums Hotel, where many

of the artists stayed and gathered, and close to the home of Michael

& Anna Ancher.


Useful information for excursion planners:

Opening hours: 10 AM – 5 PM. Wednesdays until 9 PM.

Max. 30 persons in a group and max. 3 groups per hour.

Please note that only the guides from the museum are allowed

to guide inside. However an introduction can be made in the

coach prior to the visit. Distance from the coach to the entrance

is 30 m. from coach to handicap entrance 40 m.

Duration: 1-1½ hours






Skagen Grey Lighthouse

Skagen is a unique place for migratory birds from around the world

Early May 2017 the new international bird adventurecenter: Skagen Grey Lighthouse - Centre for migratory birds, opens.

In the new center, you can take a virtual tour to discover and experience the many exciting migratory birds that each year guests Skagen and surround areas.

Skagen Grey Lighthouse has long been a popular place to visit for the nearly 2 million visitors that annually visits Skagen.

Not only tourists flock to the top of Denmark - Grenen, the area is also hot spot for many migratory birds, and is one of Europe's best bird migration sites.

You can expect an great experience!


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Skagen Grey Lighthouse






Grenen, the headland of Skagen, is the northernmost part of one the world’s largest spits, the Skagen Odde, which has been formed since the last ice age 10.000 years ago by sediments of sand and gravel from the west coast of Denmark. Each year, 800.000 m3 of material is transported by the sea up along the coast due to the very strong northerly currents. The main part of this is deposited at Grenen, which grows by approximately 8 m each year in a northeasterly direction. The name Skagen derives from the Old Norse word skage, which means appendix. Grenen is such an appendix.

Grenen is constantly changing in shape and size– from year to year, from day to day and from dawn to dusk. The strong currents and the shallow waters around Grenen caused many a shipwreck in years gone-by, and still do from time to time. The ships often wrecked off the north coast of Grenen, but due to fact that Grenen is constantly on the move, these wrecks nowadays can be found off the south coast. The waters around Skagen and the northern part of Denmark are therefore an El Dorado for divers treasure hunting.


At Grenen, the two seas, the Kattegat and the Skagerrak, meet - and you can literally stand with one foot in each sea. A tractor driven bus, called The Sand Worm, takes visitors along the last stretch out to the very tip.


Grenen is both the top of Denmark and the European continent, a gateway as well as lands-end - a magical wonder of nature attracting over one million visitors every single year.


Useful information for excursion planners:

The Sand Worm has 53 seats and space for 3 wheelchairs. There are two steps up from the ground into the tractor bus. Coaches can drive right up to the tractor bus. Passengers can remain seated in the tractor bus while at the tip if required.

Duration: 1 hour.




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Michael and Anna Ancher’s House

The home of the famous Skagen artist couple, Michael and Anna Ancher, is preserved as it was in their lifetime with furniture from many different periods and numerous paintings and drawings (Scandinavian Art 1860-1930), gifts from fellow artists as well as their own works. The Helga Ancher Foundation, created by their daughter Helga, is responsible for the museum opening in 1967. As an annex to Michael and Anna Anchers’s House, the adjoining house, Saxild’s Gård, was opened in 1990 displaying changing exhibitions of works both by the Anchers as well as by artists during their lifetime.


Useful information for excursion planners:

Opening hours: 10 AM – 5 PM. Groups of max 25 persons. Please note that only guides from the museum are allowed to guide inside. However an introduction can be made in the coach prior to the visit. Distance from coach to entrance: 25 m. Not suitable for handicapped or persons with limited mobility.


Duration: ½- 1 hour.


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Skagen’s Museum of Local History

Skagen’s Museum of Local History is a combined open-air and exhibition museum displaying houses from 3 periods of Skagen’s history. Experience the poor and the rich fishermen’s houses from the 1800’s and the exciting tales of sea and rescue feats in Skagen over the last 200 years. The comprehensive collection of items gives you a marvelous picture of times gone-by.


In 2005 archaeologists from the museum found proof that the Vikings actually settled in Skagen as well. The findings from the Viking era are now exhibited at the museum.


Useful information for excursion planners:

Opening hours: 11 AM- 5 PM . Not accessible for wheelchairs or persons with limited mobility as it involves some walking. Distance from coach to entrance: 10 m.


Duration: ½- 1 hour


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The Buried Church

The church, named after Saint Laurence, the seafarer’s and Skagen’ s patron saint, was probably built in the second half of the 14 th century and was at that time the largest church in the region. The sand drift began in the 16 th century and reached the church at the end of the 18 th century. In the end, the congregation had to dig their way into the church. The struggle against the sand continued until 1795 when the church was closed by royal decree. Today, only the tower of the ancient church is visible.


When Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish poet and fairytale writer, visited Skagen i 1859 he was also astonished by the Buried Church – so much so that in fact he turned his impressions into a story – "A Story from the Dunes", which concludes with these words:


"The drifting sands have covered the enormous arches. The dunes and wild roses cover the church, where the rambler now walks up to its steeple, which points up out of the sand, a colossal gravestone, visible for miles; no king ever had one more magnificent! Nobody disturbs the rest of this corpse. Nobody knows it or knew it before now – the storm sang it to me between the dunes!"


Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tale 91, 1860.



Useful information for excursion planners:

Distance from coach to the church: 200 m. Not suitable for handicapped or persons with limited mobility because of the sandy terrain and some steps along the way.


Distance from the Port of Skagen to the church: 4 km.


Duration: ½-1 hour.




Drachmann’ s House

The poet, author and painter, Holger Drachmann, who first visited Skagen in 1871, bought his own house in Skagen in 1902 and named it Pax. Drachmann died in 1908 and in 1911 Pax opened as a museum dedicated to the life and times of Holger Drachmann. The furniture and inventory have been preserved. Works by Holger Drachmann as well as other Skagen painters from the period can be seen in the house.


Holger Drachmann was actually the founder of the artist colony in Skagen as, after his first visit to Skagen, he was so captivated by the place, that he promoted Skagen among his artist friends, who soon after started travelling to Skagen to practise the plein-air painting in these ideal surroundings.


Useful information for excursion planners:


Opening hours: 11 AM – 3 PM. Distance from coach to entrance: 50 m. Not suitable for handicapped or persons with limited mobility.


Duration: ½-1 hour


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Strolling in Skagen

Ever since the first inhabitants settled on the Grenen, there has been a fishing industry here. And fishing is still the main industry in Skagen. The Port of Skagen, inaugurated in 1907 by King Frederik VIII, is the largest fishing port in Denmark measured in the amount of landings. Herring, mackerel and Norway lobster in particular are landed here, plus protein fish for processing into fishmeal and fish oil. The port area also has a remarkable marina with enchanting open-air fish restaurants serving sumptuous dishes. Each year approximately 16.000 yachts and leisure boats visit the marina, and the ever-popular vibrating atmosphere here attracts many visitors, who enjoy a wide variety of fresh fish and shellfish in front of the famous red fishermen’s cottages, designed by Thorvald Bindesbøll back in 1907, when the port was inaugurated.


Strolling through the old quarters of Skagen, a market town since 1413, leads you pass picturesque cottages, formerly fishermen’ s homes painted in "Skagen Yellow", with red roofs and the characteristic white edges, white fences and well kept gardens.


Fancy shopping? – then make time to stroll through St. Laurence Road or the Marina and browse around Skagen’s exclusive boutiques, shops and galleries – you’ll delight in the assortment of unique arts and crafts, handmade amber jewellery, glassware, pottery, Royal Danish porcelain, the famous Skagen watches or top quality fabrics and fashion.


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Skagen Odde Naturcenter

The Skagen Odde Naturcenter is beautifully located in the protected

landscape of Grenen at the tip of Denmark. The Skagen Odde Naturcenter,

designed by the famous Danish architect Jørn Utzon, famed for

designing the Sydney Opera House, houses various exhibitions. One focusing

on wind, sea and sand, the 3 elements that created this region

10.000 years ago, after the last Ice Age, one that illustrates the works of

Jørn Utzon and exhibitions of contemporary Danish art and design.


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Råbjerg Mile

Råbjerg Mile is a migrating dune. This dune, the largest migrating dune in Denmark and in Northern Europe, was formed on the west coast in the 16 th century during the great sand drift which dominated the landscape until the 19 th century. The dune moves eastward at a rate of 15 - 20 meters a year. Råbjerg Mile measures 1x1 km in diameter and contains 4 million m3 of sand above sea level. At its highest point it is 40 meters high. As Råbjerg Mile is a full-scale laboratory, it is protected and free to wander unhindered by plantations. In 25 years it will reach the road to Skagen - in the year 2200, it will reach the Kattegat and disappear into the sea. The impressive scenery of this mini desert with unique flora and fauna is a must when visiting the Skagen area, and the photo opportunities are great.


Useful information for excursion planners:

Distance from the parking area to the top of Råbjerg Mile: 200 m. Not suitable for handicapped or persons with limited mobility.


Duration: ½-1 hour


Distance from Port of Skagen: 13 km.


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The Eagle World

A once in a lifetime experience – the Eagle World opens the gateway to the fascinating world of the birds of prey. See the white-tailed eagle with its huge wing span, the golden eagle, the indisputable big-game hunter of the skies, and the incomparable aeronautics and hunting technique of the peregrine falcon. Watch the world’s biggest eagle being fed at close hand and flying freely over the top of Denmark. Look the majestic eagle in the eye and feel the beat of its wings just above your head. Experience the wonderful, lightning speed of the beautiful falcon as it demonstrates its aerial skills together with the falconer. The demonstration, which lasts approx. an hour, includes an instructive commentary on the life, culture and history of the bird of prey. In addition, there is a unique photographic exhibition with large screens and pictures showing incidents from the lives of birds of prey, a collection of items used in falconry as well as screens describing the ancient art of falconry.


Useful information for excursion planners:

Opening hours: Showtime – 10 AM . The exhibition and the shop will be open prior to and after the show. Special shows can be arranged for groups.


Duration: 1½-2 hours. The show lasts 1 hour.


Distance from Port of Skagen: 30 km.


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The North Sea Oceanarium

In Hirtshals on the west coast, The North Sea Oceanarium welcomes you to a sea of adventures.


The giant Oceanarium, holding 4,5 million litres of seawater, is one of Europe ’s largest aquariums. Get a realistic view into the North Sea below the surface. Thousands of fish form elegant schools – always on the move, while North Sea sharks hunt for food among stones and shipwrecks. Be there when the diver feeds the fish and explains about life in the Oceanarium and in the North Sea.


In the large outdoor Sealarium you can get close to some of the big predators of the North Sea – grey seals and harbour seals. From the underwater tunnel, watch the seals’ speedy hunt for prey or just relaxing and playing. And don’t miss feeding time, when the keeper also tells about seal behaviour and biology.


In the many large and small aquariums you can see realistic layouts of different habitats in the North Sea. A journey from shallow, coastal water to several hundred metres in the Norwegian Trench between Denmark and Norway. Here you’ll find about 70 different species and lots of other sea creatures – from colourful sea anemones to the two metre conger-eels.


The activity area offers children and adults a chance to get their fingers into sea-water. At the touch-pool you can hold a starfish in your hand or feel the difference between a flounder and a plaice.


There’s also a large outdoor area, ideal for kids, large and small alike, where they can have fun in the playgrounds.


Distance from Port of Skagen: 50 km.


All the activities are accessible to visitors with limited mobility







The Town Of Sæby

South of Skagen on the east coast lies the picturesque little town by the sea, Sæby with its well-preserved, yellow-washed houses. Sæby has an exciting story and is in fact one of the oldest towns in Northern Jutland. Since 1524 Sæby has been a market town, but the first inhabitants settled here during the Viking Age.


In the old part of Sæby lies the former monastery church, St. Mary’s, the last remnants of a large four-winged Carmelite Monastery established in 1470. The Carmelite monks specially venerated the Virgin Mary, and the Virgin Mary is the central figure in the church and also on the town’s coat of arms. St. Mary’s Church is famed for its beautiful 16 th century frescoes depicting Joachim and Anne, the parents of the Virgin Mary. In the choir you can still see 20 of the original 32 monks stalls. The baptismal font from 1645 is Baroque and carved in wood. The 16 th century altarpiece is from the Netherlands.


In the last decade of the 19 th century artists and writers gathered in Sæby. Among them the Norwegian playwriter, Henrik Ibsen, who found inspiration in the idyllic town.


Sæby has a lively harbour with excellent fish restaurants. Workshops with handicrafts, galleries, and a lively bustle of activity at the town square help to enhance the special atmosphere of the town.


Distance from Port of Skagen: 50 km.


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Voergaard Castle

Voergaard Castle is one of Denmark ’s most beautiful renaissance buildings dating back to 1589. Renovated and furnished exclusively by its last owner, Count Oberbech-Clausen. Voergaard Castle houses Denmark ’s largest privately-owned collection of art treasures and antiques, including works by Goya, Rubens and Raphael, as well as Napoleon I´s dinner service and valuable Ming vases. Voergaard Castle is not a museum as such, but is open to the public.


Useful information for excursion planners:

Opening hours: From mid June to mid August: 10 AM- 5 PM


Out of season: 1 PM-4PM


Not accessible for wheelchairs


Distance from Port of Skagen: 80 km


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Børglum Abbey.

Situated on the west coast 70 minutes’ drive from Skagen lies the Børglum Abbey. One of the oldest still existing abbeys in Denmark dating back to the 11th Century. It has served as both Royal Residence from 800 to 1100 and as an abbey from 1060 to 1536. Through the decades, the Børglum Abbey was the centre of power in the North Western part of Jutland

In the Viking era, there was a royal residence at Børglum Hill. Around 1060, an episcopal residence was established on the spot, and in the midst 1100’s, the Premonstratensian order chose this site as its headquarters in Scandinavia.


Since 1835, the Rottbøll family has owned Børglum Abbey. The present owner Hans Rottbøll, his wife Anne and their four children, reside in all of the Abbey’s 85 rooms. The couple runs the estate’s 1000 plus acres of land as ordinary farmland, with the primary focus on plant cultivation. In addition, the Rottbøll Family has 3,000 m2 of exhibition space, with art and history exhibitions.


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