Sustainable Travel Tips for an Unforgettable Stay in Skagen, Denmark

This blogpost with travel tips is written as a part of a collaboration with Enjoy Nordjylland, but all places are chosen by me and it’s my honest opinion and I’ve paid for everything myself.

Welcome back, travel enthusiasts! Today, I’m excited to share with you some sustainable travel tips from my recent trip to the picturesque town of Skagen in Denmark. We stayed at a charming holiday home (check out our detailed post on that experience here) and immersed ourselves in the local culture, natural beauty, and delicious cuisine. Here’s how you can enjoy Skagen responsibly and make the most of your stay.

1. Choose Eco-Friendly Accommodation

Staying at a rented holiday home not only gives you the comfort and freedom to experience Skagen like a local but also reduces your environmental footprint. Look for homes with energy-efficient appliances, recycling options, and proximity to public transport and walking or cycling distance to things.

2. Explore on Foot or by Bike

Skagen is a walker’s paradise with its quaint streets and beautiful landscapes. Walking or biking reduces your carbon footprint and allows you to experience the town at a leisurely pace. We often walked to our favorite spots and enjoyed the fresh air and scenic views.

3. Visit Local Attractions Sustainably


Start your day with a visit to Bolcheriet, a delightful candy factory where you can watch the traditional candy-making process unfold before your eyes. As you step into this charming factory, you’ll be greeted by the sweet aroma of sugar and the sight of skilled candy makers at work. You can observe each step of the process, from boiling and shaping the candy to adding vibrant colors and intricate designs. It’s a fun and educational experience for all ages, providing a unique insight into the art and craftsmanship behind candy making. Whether you’re young or young at heart, you’ll find yourself fascinated by the creativity and precision that goes into each piece of candy. Don’t forget to sample some of the delicious treats and take home a few sweet souvenirs to remember your visit by.

Råbjerg Mile

A trip to the shifting sands of Råbjerg Mile is an unforgettable adventure that should be on every traveler’s bucket list. This captivating natural phenomenon, located in Denmark, is best explored on foot to fully appreciate its unique beauty. As you wander through the ever-changing dunes, you’ll witness the impressive scale and dynamic nature of the landscape.

It’s important to remember to stay on the marked paths during your visit. These trails are carefully designed to help protect the delicate ecosystem that thrives here. The flora and fauna of Råbjerg Mile are specially adapted to survive in this harsh, shifting environment, and straying from the paths can cause significant damage. So, take your time, follow the designated routes, and enjoy the serene, almost otherworldly atmosphere of this remarkable place.


Driving on the beach around Kandestederne in Northern Jutland is an exhilarating experience not to be missed. This unique opportunity allows you to navigate your vehicle along the pristine coastline, feeling the sand beneath your tires and listening to the soothing crash of waves nearby. The beach offers stunning views of the North Sea, with rolling dunes and panoramic horizons creating a picturesque backdrop. It’s a photographer’s dream, offering endless opportunities to capture the natural beauty of sunrises, sunsets, and the dynamic play of light on the landscape. Keep your camera ready to document encounters with local wildlife, from seabirds to seals. Driving here is not just a journey; it’s a memorable adventure in one of Denmark’s most breathtaking coastal settings.

Den Tilsandede Kirke

Visit the ‘Sand-Covered Church’ (Den Tilsandede Kirke), a unique and historical site that offers a fascinating glimpse into Skagen’s rich history. This intriguing church, partially buried by drifting sands over the centuries, stands as a testament to the forces of nature and the resilience of the local community. To make the most of your visit, opt for guided tours that provide in-depth information about the church’s heritage and significance. Knowledgeable local guides will share captivating stories and historical insights, helping you understand the challenges faced by the congregation and the eventual abandonment of the church due to the encroaching sands. Supporting these local guides not only enhances your experience but also contributes to preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of Skagen. As you explore the site, you’ll be able to see the remnants of the church tower peeking above the sands, a poignant reminder of the ever-changing landscape and the enduring spirit of the town.


The northernmost tip of Denmark, Grenen, where the North Sea and the Baltic Sea meet, is another highlight of any visit to Skagen. This unique geographical point, known for the striking contrast where the two seas collide, creates a mesmerizing natural phenomenon that is both visually captivating and scientifically intriguing. Walking along the beach to reach this point is a serene and environmentally friendly way to experience this natural wonder. As you stroll along the sandy shores, you’ll be surrounded by the beauty of the coastline, with the sound of the waves and the fresh sea breeze enhancing your journey. The walk is not just a means to an end but an integral part of the experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in the stunning landscape and perhaps even spot some of the local wildlife, such as seabirds and seals. Taking the time to walk instead of driving helps to preserve the delicate environment of this protected area, ensuring that future generations can also enjoy its unspoiled beauty.

View of Skagen from the Old Water Tower

For a truly panoramic and breathtaking view of Skagen, a climb to the top of the Old Water Tower is an experience you won’t want to miss. The ascent up the tower might seem like a bit of a challenge, but every step you take brings you closer to a vantage point that offers unparalleled vistas of the surrounding landscape.

As you make your way up the winding staircase, take the opportunity to pause and appreciate the historical architecture of the tower itself. Once you reach the summit, you’ll be greeted with a sweeping view that stretches out over the picturesque town of Skagen, the meeting point of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, and the vast, open skies above. The effort you put into the climb is more than worth it, as you’ll be rewarded with a truly memorable and awe-inspiring sight that captures the essence of Skagen’s natural beauty and charm.

4. Enjoy Local Cuisine Sustainably

Brunch at Saxild

Start your mornings in Skagen with a delicious brunch at Saxild, a charming eatery that promises a delightful culinary experience. Indulge in a variety of local dishes that highlight the region’s freshest ingredients. By choosing to dine here, you are not only treating yourself to a flavorful meal but also supporting regional farmers and reducing food miles. The locally sourced ingredients ensure that each dish is bursting with authentic flavors while contributing to the sustainability of the local food system. Enjoy the cozy atmosphere and the warm hospitality that Saxild offers, making it the perfect way to begin your day in Skagen.

Lunch at Blink

For lunch, Blink offers a cozy ambiance with a warm and inviting atmosphere that makes it the perfect spot for a leisurely meal. Nestled in the picturesque town of Skagen, right by the iconic Grey Lighthouse, Blink provides a unique dining experience that combines breathtaking coastal views with culinary excellence. The restaurant prides itself on using fresh, local ingredients, sourced from nearby farms and fishermen, ensuring that every dish bursts with flavor and authenticity.

Their commitment to sustainability is evident in every aspect of their menu. Blink emphasizes the use of seasonal and organic produce, allowing the natural flavors of the ingredients to shine through. Each dish is thoughtfully prepared to highlight the best of what the region has to offer, from crisp, vibrant vegetables to succulent seafood freshly caught from the surrounding waters. The chefs at Blink are dedicated to reducing their environmental footprint, incorporating eco-friendly practices and minimizing waste wherever possible.

Whether you’re enjoying a light salad, a hearty soup, or one of their exquisite main courses, you can taste the care and attention that goes into each meal. Blink’s dedication to quality and sustainability creates a dining experience that is not only delicious but also ethically conscious. Visitors can relax and savor their meal, knowing that they are supporting a restaurant that values both culinary excellence and environmental stewardship.

Dinner at Hjorts Badehotel

For an exquisite dining experience that tantalizes the senses and delights the palate, head to Hjorts Badehotel. Nestled in a serene and picturesque setting, this charming restaurant is a culinary gem that promises a memorable dining adventure. The moment you step into Hjorts Badehotel, you are greeted with an atmosphere of elegance and warmth, making it an ideal destination for both intimate dinners and special celebrations.

At Hjorts Badehotel, the culinary team places a strong emphasis on utilizing locally sourced ingredients, crafting each dish with the freshest produce, meats, and seafood available. Their commitment to a farm-to-table dining experience is evident in every aspect of their menu. By partnering closely with local farmers and fishermen, the restaurant ensures that every ingredient is not only of the highest quality but also supports the regional economy and sustainable practices.

The menu at Hjorts Badehotel is a testament to the richness of the local terroir. From vibrant, garden-fresh vegetables and fragrant herbs to the finest cuts of meat and the freshest catch of the day, each component is carefully selected to highlight the best of what the region has to offer. The chefs at Hjorts Badehotel take great pride in creating dishes that are both innovative and rooted in tradition, blending classic techniques with contemporary flair.

Every meal at Hjorts Badehotel is a celebration of local flavors and culinary artistry. Start your dining experience with a selection of appetizers that showcase the creativity and skill of the kitchen, such as delicately smoked fish, artisanal cheeses, or seasonal soups that warm the soul. For the main course, you can indulge in expertly prepared dishes that range from succulent meats cooked to perfection to seafood creations that capture the essence of the nearby waters.

The dedication to supporting local farmers and fishermen extends beyond the food to include a thoughtfully curated wine list and beverage selection, featuring local vineyards and breweries. This commitment to local sourcing not only enhances the dining experience but also reflects Hjorts Badehotel’s dedication to fostering a sustainable and vibrant community.

In summary, Hjorts Badehotel offers more than just a meal; it provides an immersive experience that celebrates the bounty of the region, the skill of the chefs, and the joy of dining in a beautiful setting. Whether you are a local resident or a visitor, a meal at Hjorts Badehotel is an opportunity to savor the best of local cuisine and support the hardworking individuals who make it all possible.

Lunch at Brøndum and desert at Brøndums Havehus

We began our delightful afternoon with a splendid lunch at the historic Brøndum Hotel in Skagen. The elegant dining room, with its blend of traditional and modern decor, created a warm and inviting atmosphere. The lunch menu showcased the freshest local ingredients, and each dish, from appetizers to main courses, was meticulously crafted. The attentive service made our dining experience even more enjoyable.

After lunch, we decided to visit Brøndums Havehus, the hotel’s charming backyard garden. This serene haven, with its lush greenery and beautiful flowers, was perfect for a relaxing coffee and cake break. We found a cozy spot under a large tree and were served steaming cups of freshly brewed coffee and an assortment of homemade cakes, from rich chocolate to delicate fruit tarts.

The peacefulness of Brøndums Havehus provided the ideal backdrop for a leisurely afternoon. The combination of exceptional hospitality, exquisite lunch, and the serene garden made our visit to Brøndum Hotel a memorable experience, leaving us refreshed and content.

5. Shop Local and Support Sustainable Practices

Local Farmed Groceries from Roadside Stall

One of the highlights of our trip was purchasing fresh, farmed groceries from a charming roadside stall. These stalls, often operated by local farmers themselves, offer a delightful selection of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and sometimes even homemade preserves and baked goods. Buying directly from these stalls not only supports local farmers and their families but also ensures you’re eating fresh and sustainably produced food. The produce is typically harvested just hours before it reaches your hands, guaranteeing peak freshness and flavor. Furthermore, this direct-to-consumer approach reduces the carbon footprint associated with transportation and packaging found in larger retail chains. Engaging with the farmers gives you a unique insight into their sustainable farming practices and the seasonal cycles of the region. This simple yet enriching experience allows you to connect more deeply with the local culture and cuisine, making your trip even more memorable and meaningful.

Glas of Wine at Sømærket in Gl. Skagen

Unwind with a glass of wine at Sømærket in Gl. Skagen, a picturesque spot that captures the essence of this charming coastal town. As you relax, you can savor the rich flavors and aromas of carefully selected wines. Opt for local or organic wines to not only indulge your taste buds but also to reduce your carbon footprint and support sustainable vineyards. The locally produced wines often showcase the unique terroir of the region, providing a distinct and memorable experience. The ambiance at Sømærket, with its cozy and inviting atmosphere, makes it an ideal place to enjoy a leisurely evening. The friendly staff are knowledgeable and passionate about their wine selection, always ready to offer recommendations based on your preferences. Pair your wine with some of the delectable dishes available, made from fresh, local ingredients, for a truly delightful culinary experience. As the sun sets and casts a golden glow over the landscape, you’ll find that a glass of wine at Sømærket is the perfect way to unwind and immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of Gl. Skagen.

6. Minimize Waste and Recycle

Carry a reusable water bottle, shopping bags, and containers to reduce single-use plastics. Many places in Skagen have recycling facilities, so be sure to sort your waste accordingly.

7. Respect Nature and Wildlife

When exploring Skagen’s natural beauty, always stay on marked trails and follow local guidelines to protect wildlife and preserve the environment.

Final Thoughts

Skagen offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, rich history, and delicious cuisine, making it an ideal destination for sustainable travel. By making mindful choices, you can enjoy a memorable and eco-friendly vacation. Have you visited Skagen? Share your sustainable travel tips and experiences in the comments below!

I hope you enjoyed reading about the wonders of Skagen in Nordjylland and feel inspired to embark on your own adventure in this beautiful region. I’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the team at Enjoy Nordjylland for their collaboration and support. For more travel tips, and insider information, and to plan your perfect trip, be sure to visit their website at Enjoy Nordjylland.

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