20th August, 2019
A breezy but sunny morning greeted us as we neared the northern tip of Denmark’s peninsula, and the little town of Skagen perched on its eastern fringe.
Swinging the ship outside the harbour and newly-built cruise berth, we backed down with a good Force 6 blowing us squarely onto the berth. There was no local pilot here to assist and it was my first call in this port, which made it even more interesting. Dredgers hovered outside whilst small craft and fishing boats seemed to spill endlessly in and out of the harbour mouth, weaving around us as we manoeuvred.
In the mid-19th century, or so I read, artists flocked to Skagen, charmed by the radiant light’s impact on the ruggedly beautiful landscape. Nowadays, tourists are drawn by a combination of a busy working harbour, long sandy beaches and a bustling holiday atmosphere. Ice cream parlours and craft shops however only add to Skagen’s charm especially in the older neighbourhoods, filled with distinctive yellow houses with white picket fences and red tiled roofs.
Our tour options today involved trips around the town and further afield of course, as well as a few surprises – such as being pulled along a stunning beach behind a tractor in a trolley. One could go on a trip called ‘Meet the Skageners,’ hike the Raabjerg sand dunes or head to ‘painter’s paradise’ and enjoy a cultural trip of both spectacular vistas and museums alike.
History boffins were offered a bit of heaven here, too – for Hitler’s Atlantic Wall remains lie within the area and are now a war museum. Fish & chips remain high on the local menu, with such a large proportion of the harbour being dedicated to North Sea fishing boats either returning from or preparing for their trips of various lengths.
In the early afternoon sunshine and with all guests & crew back aboard, we set sail into the Skagerrak Sea again before shortly afterwards entering the North Sea and pointing the ship’s nose back towards the English Channel. One more leisurely day at sea would take our guests back to where we began 2 weeks ago; the port of Dover. It is also my turn for a bit of a holiday too – therefore I shall be handing the ship’s keys to Captain Horne again who will be returning from his holidays to take command.
In the meantime, I shall wish you all happy cruising and blog reading!
Captain Kim Tanner
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