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You Need to Know Lovely Løkken | North Jutland Denmark

Wind and waves on the wild west coast of Denmark.

Let’s look at Løkken

North Jutland lies on the opposite side of Denmark from Copenhagen. And while it may be an effort to make your way west, it is definitely worth it. I’m a west coast girl from the States. I am used to driving west towards the coast. The sun sets that way. That is where the water should be. To me. And this west Danish coast feels very much like parts of the Oregon Coast (minus mountain ranges and forests of evergreens.)

It is rough here. Wild. And wonderful. I was so happy to finally see it. Experience it. Soak it in. I have written about the Danish coast before. Denmark has a lot of coastlines. Just look at the map. But the shore is so definitively different on the west side of the country. To start off, it borders a completely different ocean.

Nordjylland in red

This is not the relatively calm Øresund or Kattegat, which account for the bulk of Denmark’s Baltic water borders along the eastern side. Nope. It’s the North Sea here. And it brings waves and the wind which shape a completely different shore along west Jutland.

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Løkken Strand
SURF’S UP

Did you say waves? Yes. Waves. Surfers, windsurfers and kitesurfers have all found fun on this coast and take full advantage of the varying levels of swells. A bit further south of Løkken, near Klitmøller and Thy, the Nordhjylland coast is familiarly known as “kaldt Hawaii.” Cold Hawaii. And while the term is catchy and maybe even kitsch, there is nothing tropical to talk about here. Surfing and sand are the ONLY similarities. But like Hawaii, the west coast of Denmark is truly beautiful. In its very own way.

Little town on the Northwest coast of Denmark

At the recommendation of our Danish friend, we booked a summer house on the west coast in a lovely little town called Løkken. Påskeferie (Easter holidays) has just passed. And with five state-sanctioned days off, many Danes dash out of the city. We decided to join them this year.

In the capital, shops shutter and the streets stand empty. But in Løkken, there is life. So THIS is where you all are. Bustling and busy and bursting with visitors, lovely little Løkken is open for business all Easter weekend.

WHAT TO DO IN LØKKEN
TOUR THE TOWN

Løkken sits nestled safely from the elements behind the grassy dunes. Like most little Danish towns, there is a main square and pedestrian shopping area. When the sun is out, cafés spill open and offer lots of places for lunch outside.


Stroll the strand

Løkken is known for its beach. Strand in Danish. In the summer, it gets packed when the little white beach huts line up in rows. It is wide and flat here, allowing for cars or cycles to roll right on the sand.


SPY THE FISHING BOATS UP ON THE BEACH

One of my favorite parts of Løkken were the fishing boats pulled up on the beach.


GO SURFING

Here on the north shore we treat friends mo’ betta.
– North Shore, the Movie

Get out there brø. Rent a board or take lessons. The friendly staff at North Shore Surf will gladly hook you up. They even have a sauna and hot tub going on cold days for warming up after. The surf shop and café sit right at the entrance to the beach, so even if you aren’t up for the waves, grab a coffee and chill. When the food cart is open, fresh fisk & tjips or fisk frikadeller are available to enjoy on the deck. Wash down with cold beers, juices and water.

North Shore Surf and Café

MAKE YOUR OWN CANDY

Danes love candy. There are reports that rank Denmark #1 in world for not only happiness, but annual consumption of slik. Candy. Is there a correlation? Maybe. But the house made candy at Bolcheriet in Løkken is sure to make anyone happy. And what if you could make your OWN candy? Even happier. Bolchieret is a modern and socially connected candy factory right on the main square of Løkken.

We were lucky enough to catch one of their events where you can make your own slikkepind. Lollipops. For 25 DKK, children wait their numbered turn as warm lengths of freshly made candy ropes are handed out on plates at the work station. Participants loop their sweet string into a spiral and insert the lollipop stick to secure the treat which cools quickly and is ready to enjoy immediately.

Check their website for upcoming opportunities.

Bolcheriet
Torvet 1, 9480 Løkken

EXPLORE WWII HISTORY

From sweet treats to world history. 2000 Nazi bunkers from the Second World War still stand along the west coast of Denmark, part of the 8000 bunkered North Sea defense line that strung from France up to Norway. Graffitied and now grown over, some sunken in the sand; they are an eery reminder of a war long gone.

HIKE TO THE RUBJERG KNUDE LIGHTHOUSE

14 km north of Løkken, you will find the Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse. It is famous. Famous for being overtaken by a sand dune. A really huge sand dune. Built in 1900, it originally sat 200 meters inland warning ships off shore. Over the years, the wind and water pushed inland and swept sand into the lighthouse and the surrounding buildings. Attempts to keep the sand out became overwhelming and the lighthouse was abandoned to the encroaching dune in 1968. The dune continues to move, an average of 40m/year and there is concern that the lighthouse may eventually fall into the sea in the not so distant future. Current estimates say as early as 2023. Don’t put it off. See it for yourself.

It is an 1 km hike from the parking lot to the dune and the lighthouse. And art installation inside currently allows visitors to climb to the top free of charge. Stunning views from the top.

Rubjerg Knude Fyr
Fyrvejen 30, 9480 Løkken

HOW TO GET TO LØKKEN
From Copenhagen

You can either take the ferry from Sjællands Odde to Aarhus or the Store Bælt Bridge across Fyn. We prefer the ferry route as it gives a break to the time of all five of us in the car. It takes about five hours depending on ferry timing.

WHERE TO STAY

We found our summer house via Airbnb, which affords flexibility when booking for stays less than a week.

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Paint Your Own Pottery for Påsken in Copenhagen

Creating Your own Easter Traditions
Creative Space Copenhagen OPEN ALL PÅSKEN

Påske is Easter in Danish. And traditions for Easter in Denmark, are less defined than other holidays like Christmas. Don’t mess with Christmas. In December, there are a specific set of rituals, recipes and rules to follow. But less so for Easter.

Easter in Denmark is more about the season than the reason. Danes are more traditional than traditionally religious. Easter and spring bring a celebration of flowers and longer days. Everywhere you can buy påskeliljer. Daffodils to brighten up your home. And while some may celebrate with outings to church, many take advantage of the first set of state-sanctioned holidays and get out of town. Almost all businesses are closed from Thursday through Easter Monday, giving people five days to travel.

We learned this the hard way our first Easter in Copenhagen. Hello? Hello? Is anybody around? Streets empty. Shops shutter. Plenty of parking available. That is, if you have a car. So what to do if you do find yourself in town for Påske? You may have to get a little creative.

Enter Creative Space Copenhagen. With two shops, one in Frederiksberg and one in the Østerbro neighborhood, there is plenty of space and a bevy of pieces to paint. For the past two years, we have made it our Easter tradition to paint ceramic eggs. All of us. Even the teens. They may groan, but they go. And they paint. We all do. It has become our Danish Easter ritual.

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Perfect spring outing

In town this Easter? Create something fun, with your family or a friend. Check out Creative Space CPH.


@CREATIVESPACECPH
ØSTERBRO

FREDERIKSBERG

Gammel Kongevej 154 | 1850 Frederiksberg C
TLF:  3379 0072

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Open all Easter Holidays
OPENING HOURS:

Monday-Friday
11:00 — 19:00
Saturday, Sunday and holidays
10:00 — 18:00
First Thursday of the Month (only Frederiksberg)
11:00 — 22:00

PRICES:

With more than 180 pieces to choose from, there is something for everyone to paint. Prices start at 150 DKK and go up from there depending on size of the piece.

CAFÉ:

Offers coffee, espresso, juices, water, wine and beer for purchase.

TIME:

Creative Space recommends planning on two hours to pick your piece, find inspiration, pull your colors (all provided), and paint!

When you are finished, you will pass over your piece. Creative Space will put a finishing glaze on it and fire for you. It should be ready in a week to pick up and enjoy.

Go’Påske to you and yours! Happy Easter from Copenhagen! – Erin

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Faraway Files #25

TRAVEL BLOG COMMUNITY

Twenty-five weeks of Sharing travel community

It’s like a silver anniversary up in here – let’s celebrate! This is the twenty-fifth Faraway Files travel blog community link up. Oh the places we’ve been!

FAVORITES WEEK #24

Last week I was taken by the color of connection in the community posts. From Cuba to Japan to California to Malaysia and more, such beautiful ways to celebrate color. Lee from Bumble Bee Mum showed us a unique and special festival in Hokkaido, Japan. The Yosakoi Soran festival looks so fun and noisy and happy and joy filled, I would love to see this! She has a ton of gorgeous pics on her blog if you missed them, check it out.

YOSAKOI SORAN FESTIVAL SAPPORO HOKKAIDO JAPAN | Bumble Bee Mum

Phoebe at Lou Messugo blog showed us how picturesque little French Riverian town of le Bar sur Loup celebrates with the annual Orange Festival. More color and more fun and I can almost smell the citrus from here!

ORANGE FESTIVAL ON THE FRENCH RIVERIA – LA FÊTE DE L’ORANGER | Lou Messugo

Faraway Files newcomers Eva and Tom of E&T Abroad took us to the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia for tea tasting and rain forest exploring. And while it may not be a celebration per se, finding this rare Rafflesia in bloom is worth celebrating.

TEA PLANTATIONS IN MALAYSIA: WHAT TO DO IN THE CAMERON HIGHLANDS | E&T Abroad

Can you feel the rhythm? I loved the energy, color and charisma of Santiago de Cuba from Wilbur’s Travels. Beautiful buildings, incredible history and amazing people.

SANTIAGO DE CUBA | Wilbur’s Travels

And lastly, because I’m on a color kick and can’t pass up street art – I have to share one from Hilary Style Me’s post about a downtown Los Angeles graffiti and mural art walking tour.

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES GRAFFITI & MURAL WALKING TOUR | Hilary Style Me

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