Port Profile: Skagen, Denmark

Learn everything you need to know about cruise destinations under Avid Cruiser’s Port Profiles section (you’ll find a tab above on the navigation bar). Each week, we’ll provide one or more port profiles for those are planning trips or for those who need inspiration to do so. Today’s feature, the tip of Denmark, Skagen.

Skagen – at the top of Denmark

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If you take a look at a map of Denmark, you will see that the country consists of hundreds of islands of varying sizes and shapes, plus a large peninsula that points upward as it projects out into the sea. With some flight of the imagination, the slender tip of the Jutland peninsula looks almost like a needle. Or a pen, perchance.

Just at the point from where one would imagine that the ink of this Danish pen would flow is where Skagen is located. And it would be fair to say that Skagen has indeed managed to write its name into the history books. Or, perhaps more correctly, some of its inhabitants throughout the years have done just that.

At the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, Skagen was home to a group of artists known as the Skagen Painters. As the name suggests, the painters in this rather heterogeneous group were the ones to become the most famous. However, there were also writers who were attracted by Skagen’s scenery and the quality of light that this destination is known for. The Danish writers Georg Brandes and Henrik Pontoppidan put pen to paper here, as did the Swedish composer Hugo Alfvén.

Earlier during the 19th century, the well-known Danish author H.C. Andersen found bliss in Skagen.

Of the painters active in Skagen, P.S. Krøyer was one of the most well-known. Two of his most famous works, Summer Evening on the Skagen Southern Beach and Summer Evening on Skagen’s Beach, have been reproduced innumerable times on postcards and posters that you will be able to find all over Denmark.

The Skagen Painters continue to have an influence: Many of those visiting Skagen come to see the works of the painters. There are quite a few on display at Skagens museum (see below under Do Not Miss).

There are also other reasons that Skagen is on the map, however. There is no other town in Denmark that can boast as many sunny hours in a year. Combine that fact with long, sandy beaches and a picturesque landscape, and Skagen’s position as a popular summer destination is easy to understand.

Read Avid Cruiser’s full Port Profile featuring Skagen, Denmark.

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