Yesterday we passed Thyborøn channel and we got to the north Jutland – the land of heather, sand and sun. On this day we wanted to visit the two most interesting nature places – Bulbjerg and the Rubjerg Knude lighthouse covered by dune.
Krik Vig Camping
At night it was raining. In the morning everything was wet including inflatable balloons. Children asked us if they could play a bit. When they heard “do what you want” we didn’t wait long for results. Inflatables have been thoroughly wiped by them. A amount of happiness of children – invaluable. Kids were totally wet.
After breakfast we did a quick optimization of packages in the car and we hit the road again. Going north.
The first stop was Bulbjerg – a limestone rock situated on the edge of the land. The Bulbjerg rock was an island long time ago. In years land absorbed it and today we can see rock surrounded by land from three side. From sea side Bulbjerg is a high cliff. Getting to Bubljerg is possible from the Frøstrup village. The road leads through beautiful pastures and the forest. It is the only cliff in Denmark inhabited by birds. Three-fingered gulls can be seen only here. It’s also the only rock formation in Northern Jutland. On the top of the rock we found large population of the of ladybugs, which are the food for birds. We never saw so many ladybugs in one place. They covered the path so we couldn’t walk without trampling over them.
We visited the top of Bulbjerg with nice viewpoint – this place is the highest location in the area so we were able to get nice view. During World War II German occupation used this place to build up a small fortification. Now it is a mini museum and is open to the public. On one of the walls inside the bunker we found small nest with chicks.
Bulbjerg is worth to visit in two stages – at both the top and bottom. In both places we can find the parking, so there is no problem to get there by car. It is also possible to take advantage of the path leading to the beach. There, you can take a souvenir photo with the glory limestone cliff. Access to the foot of the cliff leads through a sandy beach.
From Bulbjerg we went further in an easterly direction passing through the quiet village of Fjerritslev and Aabybro. Traffic is so small that it is a pleasure to ride. Nobody is in hurry and there is calm surrounding drivers. Can’t imagine, look at this:
Rubjerg Knude lighthouse
We stopped nearby Lønstrup to see the dunes and the lighthouse Rubjerg Knude. This place is the highest part of the cliff on the North Sea on the west coast of Denmark. Rubjerg Knude lighthouse was founded in 1900. The place has a very interesting history. Construction of lighthouse was established in grassy terrain and was surrounded by gardens. Since its inception around the building began to create the dune, which began to block the light and sound emitted by the lighthouse. In the 60’s of the twentieth century the light of lighthouse was not visible behind the dunes, and they stop digging up the sand. As a result, in 1968. lighthouse was turned off. Apparently, back in 1999 the café located at the foot of lighthouse was still working. 5 years later the base of the building was completely buried.
Today, what you see is only upper parts of the building. The interior is covered with sand to avoid the destruction of the building structure made by the weight of the sand. Every year the sea eats more and more of land, and considering that the original lighthouse was only 200 meters from the cliff – today the distance is much smaller. Who knows how long it will exists? Glacial cliff at this point has a height of 30 to even 90 meters. This disappearing year to year lighthouse is a unique tourist attraction in the area.
To get to the lighthouse you need to go about 1km by pastures where sheep graze. Sheeps herded by dogs were a great attraction for children. On the way back, the biggest attraction was to converge and rolling down the dunes. The sand in the pockets were uncountable.
This is not the end of the highlights of the day. Next we went to the Hirtshals – the harbor city well-known by travelers because of ferry to Norway. In the city there is Nordsøen Oceanarium. We got there quite late, just an hour before closing. At checkout we met a nice surprise. The lady who sold the tickets, said that the visit throughout the exhibition takes about 2.5 hours – so she used a discount for us. In this way we were able to get inside for half price. It was perfect, we saw everything in one hour because we did not watch multimedia presentations. Is it worth it to go to the aquarium?
You can see the seal aquarium, a huge aquarium with fish (4.5 million liters of water and 3,000 fishes) in front of which is like a scene similar to the amphitheater. We also saw a ship simulator and wind power simulator, the cockpit of the ship, a whole bunch of different equipment used to explore the North Sea. Kids were having some fun on whale playground. We do not regret the time spent there. Especially fun was when one of the seals saw me going, jumped out of the water and splashed me. I regretted that just at that moment I had not turned on the camera.
After visit in Oceanarium we hit the road to the campsite. At the previous camping we took a printed catalog of campgrounds network DK-CAMP. It was so full of offers to choose another place to sleep.
The children chose the one with swimming pool. It was Skagen Camping, located in the northernmost tip of Jutland. It was a great place to stay nearby Grenen that we planned to visit next day. We spent the evening at the pool, but unfortunately the bath needed to be short, because of the winds on the spit (the width of the land here is only 3,5 km) and the setting sun. Water was very cold.
I went to the running training, during which I ran from the campsite on the shore of the North Sea, continue towards the city on the shore of the Baltic Sea and further to the campsite. One of the more interesting workouts in my history. Small houses hidden from the wind on the dunes, wrapped bushes, small streets and complete silence. Beautiful nature, which encourages running. That’s the reason why this town is famous for its marathon race. Who knows, maybe someday I’ll start in this race there…
In Skagen Camping we found nice playground, swimming pool, kitchen and sanitary facilities. We had also access to electricity. During our stay we didn’t notice crowds here, we found quiet. The night passed quickly, apparently it was a little cold. It is a sign to plan the purchase of new, warmer sleeping bags for all.
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