During my 1 year stay in Denmark (wondering why? click here 🙂 ) I have managed to travel around almost all of the country. The only part I was missing was the northern part (Jutland). So when my family came to visit me for the last time before the beginning of the exams, I’ve planned a 3 day road trip!
Here’s the itinerary I came up with:
Kolding – Viborg – Thy National Park – Thisted
We started from Kolding since it was the town in which I was living. Kolding is not a big city but, especially during spring, it can surprise you with beautiful sunsets near the lake and stunning sunrises by the Fyord. The city centre is quite nice to explore by walk but what is considered the main attraction is the former Royal Castle by the lake.
Viborg, smaller than Kolding in size, is considered one of the oldest city in Denmark. Its main attraction is the Cathedral even if what you can see know it’s a reconstruction of the original one since it burned.
The main attraction of the day has been the National Park in Thy, where you’re totally absorbed by nature and it’s wild beauty. The landscape is mainly composed by coasts and dunes, different type of vegetation is also present and its green colour in contrast with the blue tones af the sea are ravishing!
Little tip: If you want to take pictures be aware to tie yourself to a mainstay otherwise the wind will probably blow you away!
We ended the day in Thiested where our hostel was.
Thisted – Rubjerg – Skagen
The second day was THE DAY. The main reason why we did this road trip was to see Skagen, the northern point of Denmark where the two seas (the North Sea and the Baltic Sea) meet. I wouldn’t have believe it before but the “line” is really visible! Also, Skagen is actually a little pretty village with cute typical Danish houses and streets, definitely worth a walk!
Before that, we stopped in Rubjerg where the so called “Danish Desert” is located. The main attraction here (beyond the sand which, again due to the wind, you’ll end up having more in your eyes than in your shoes) is the Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse. The lighthouse was effectively used but then closed due to the continually shifting sands.
Skagen – Aalborg – Silkeborg – Kolding
Day 3 was our last day and on our way back we stopped in Aalborg the biggest city in Jutland [keep in mind that in Denmark a”big city” is definitely not like in Germany, Italy or any other country 🙂 ]. Aalborg is known for it’s university and despite Kolding, here you can really feel the student presence. The city centre is quite appealing and there are many cafes where to stop for a break. Aalborg is also famous for it’s carnival, considered the largest Carnival in Scandinavia. I didn’t have the possibility to join that cause it takes place during the last week of May but some friends of mine went there and from their stories it seems enjoyable!
Before going back to Kolding our last visit was Silkeborg , starting point of the ‘Danish Lake Lands‘, a natural site with rivers, lakes, and highland areas offering great sceneries. I would especially suggest this last tour not only for those who enjoy walking but also to bike lovers!
Despite the strong wind, REALLY STRONG wind, the weather was nice and I strongly recommend this kind of tour during spring/ summer season when days are longer and the sun is more probable to come out, landscape and panorama are stunning!