Grenen, Skagen, Jutland, Denmark, Scandinavia, Europe

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Appropriately enough for such a neat and ordered country, Denmark doesn’t end untidily at its most northerly point, but on a neat finger of sand just a few metres wide. You can actually paddle at its tip, where the waters of the Kattegat (an arm of the Baltic Sea) and Skagerrak (part of the North Sea) clash, and you can put one foot in each sea – but not too far. Bathing here is forbidden because of the ferocious tidal currents.

The tip is the culmination of a long, curving sweep of sand at Grenen, about 3km northeast of Skagen along Rte 40. Where the road ends there’s a car park (12kr per hour), an excellent restaurant and a small art gallery. From the car park the 20-minute walk up the long, sweeping stretch of sand passes the grave of writer Holger Drachmann (1846–1908).

The tractor-pulled bus, the Sandormen, can take you out to the point; it leaves from the car park at Grenen from 10am daily and runs regularly all day, according to demand.

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1. Skagen Odde Naturcenter

2.06 MILES

In a beautiful Utzon-designed building on the northern outskirts of town, this centre gives an insight into the natural elements that surround Skagen and…

2. Anchers Hus

2.38 MILES

Time stands still at the atmospheric former home of renowned Skagen painters Anna and Michael Ancher, its interiors unchanged since Anna Ancher's passing…

3. Skagens Museum

2.42 MILES

This wonderful gallery showcases the outstanding art that was produced in Skagen between 1870 and 1930. Artists discovered Skagen's luminous light and its…

4. Drachmanns Hus

3.24 MILES

West of the town centre, this sweet museum was the home of renowned Skagen painter (and poet) Holger Drachmann.

5. Skagen Kystmuseet

3.43 MILES

Evocatively presented, this open-air museum, 200m southwest of the harbour, depicts Skagen’s maritime history and gives an insight into the traditional…

6. Tilsandede Kirke Tower

4.28 MILES

The photogenic whitewashed tower is all that still stands of Den Tilsandede Kirke (the sand-covered church). You can enter and climb the stairs for a…

7. Den Tilsandede Kirke

4.28 MILES

The 'sand-covered church', built during the late 14th century, was once the region's biggest church. It fell victim to a sand drift that began in the 17th…

8. Gammel Skagen

4.84 MILES

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