Top 12 things to do in North Jutland, Denmark

Why I love North Jutland, Denmark

Denmark is my home and birth place. I grew up in the Central Jutland Region, but my parents are from North Jutland, so we have spent all our summers up there when I was a kid. I love to return because the area has so many good memories, and I always seem to get surprised by the beauty and unique landscape.

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North Jutland is not only the most beautiful part of Denmark. It also packs a bunch when it comes to activities, attractions, nature and history. You’ll find things to do all year around, but I personally prefer Denmark in the summer, spring or autumn where the weather is warmer and daylight is longer.

You probably already know that Denmark is not the cheapest country in the world. I’m not about to argue that fact because it is quite expensive. But, most of the attractions in North Jutland, Denmark are actually free (yes, you heard me right). In fact, The Blue Ice Cream House is the only thing on this list that isn’t free!

How to get around
You can get around by train or bus. But if it’s possible, I advice you to go by car so you’ll have more freedom and can make stops along the way.

Read next: Renting a Car in Denmark (Plus a free Road Trip itinerary)

Where to stay
Skagen is the most expensive, but probably also one of the best places to base yourself in North Jutland. If you’re looking for a less expensive and slightly bigger city, stay in Frederikshavn or Aalborg (which is further away though!). If you’re the camping type, stay at a camp site or rent a summer house or cottage. To save money, you can cook your own food.


If you ever visit North Jutland, you’re bound to run into a summer house or two. This region has quite a few! I went there recently with family from the US and we lived in the summer house on the photo below. In the morning, we had breakfast on the terrace and at night we barbecued and had a bonfire. I really love the Danish summers.

hygge is a Danish expression and can be translated as cosyness. Like when you’re enjoying a glass of wine with your sweetheart, going out with friends, a Sunday afternoon in front of the TV or visiting loved ones.


North Denmark is surrounded by the Northern Sea to the West and Kattegat to the East. Kattegat is more calm and suited for swimming with the family than the Northern Sea, but it doesn’t have the same charm. I still love going there which is why I come back every summer.


You’ll find plenty of stunning lakes and forests in Denmark, but some of the best one are in the North. For me, Tversted Lakes are some of the most relaxing forests, perfect for long bike rides and picnics.


We do actually have our very own desert in Denmark. At Råbjerg Mile, there’s a somewhat huge sand dune area where you can get that Middle Eastern desert feeling. Sort of.

Råbjerg Mile


The West Coast and Northern Sea are really something. Compared to the rest of Denmark, the water is colder here, it’s windier and you have to be extra careful of current. It has a special ring to it… The many German bunkers from World War II… The large sand dunes and rough waves…. The taste of salt you get on your lips.


Danes like ice cream from The Blue Ice Cream House in Tversted. A lot. Some say they have the best ice creams in Denmark here, but I honestly like the ones in Fjellerup better.

Read next: Traditional Danish Food: 20 amazing dishes you must try in Denmark


Another little Jutlandic pearl is Sæby. It’s a very small town and basically the quintessence of Danish borough idyll. Sæby has a lovely beach, fresh seafood restaurants and charming half-timbered houses.


Strandby is special to me because of its history. This is the town where my parents grew up, where my granddad helped hide jews in their cellar during World War II and sail them to Sweden in the night. Where dad got his passion for fishing.

This is a special place, indeed.


The most popular place in North Jutland is Skagen. For that reason it’s very touristy, but it does deserve the hype. Skagen is a lovely little town where two clashing seas meet. If you walk out to Grenen, you can actually stand with each of your feet in a different sea (Kattegat and Skagerak).

Fresh fish at Skagen marina
Fresh fish at Skagen marina

Skagen is also popular for its Skagen painters from the 1880s. The most prominent Skagen artists are the Danish painters Anna and Michael Ancher and P.S. Krøyer. If you’re interested, you can see a collection of their paintings at Skagens Museum.

At Grenen


Just south of Skagen is the Sand-covered Church. It was built in the 14th century, but around 1600 sand began to bury the church faster than the townspeople could dug it out. By the late 1700s the door was almost completely covered and had to be dug out regularly just to hold services.

The sand-covered church is free to visit and definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.



On the opposite coast by the Western Sea is the fascinating Rubjerg Knude. The lighthouse tower is 23 metres high, and when it was built in 1900 there were no large dunes around it. As time went by though, the sea moved in closer and now the lighthouse is standing alarmingly close to the edge.

Rubjerg Knude is expected to collapse into the sea in about 15-20 years so you should visit while you still can.

Read next: Rubjerg Knude – the most breathtaking lighthouse in Denmark


You’ll find some of the best beaches in Blokhus and Løkken, which are located side by side on the West coast. During summer, these two places really come alive and they’re the place to find good sea food restaurants, beautiful white sand dunes, lots of activities for the whole family, and a vibrant and young nightlife. Both Løkken and Blokhus are popular holiday destinations for Danes and Germans.

Road trip in Denmark
These two photos are taken in the winter (December)
Winter in Denmark


Another of my personal favorites, and a far less known destination, is Tornby beach. It’s close to Blokhus and Rubjerg Knude and what makes it great is that it’s not a touristy place. It’s very small actually and the area is dotted with summer houses. Oh, it’s so beautiful. And that beach….!

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  1. Hi Miriam. Just saw a reference to your site in the Globe and Mail weekend paper in Toronto Canada. My husband and I will arrive in Copenhagen mid Sept for 3 nights and then on to Aarhus to visit with my nephew and his family. We have booked accommodation but would appreciate any tips on eating out and seeing the sites. Our Canadian dollar has dropped substantially recently so any info would be appreciated. While in Aarhus we plan to take my nephew, his wife and two small children out either for lunch or a childrens activity. The children are boys aged 3 and almost 1 Any suggestions would be appreciated From Aarhus we will go to Amsterdam where we have booked accommodation but would appreciate any tips you might have Thanks

    1. Hi Katherine, I’m glad to hear that you’ll be visiting Denmark – and I’m especially excited that you’re adding Aarhus to your itinerary – this is my hometown. Regarding things to see in Aarhus, you should visit: Aros (art museum with a circular walkway in glass in all the colours of rainbows. It’s super fun for kids), Den Gamle By (The old town), Marselisborg castle, Moesgård museum, Tivoli, Strøget (for shopping), Aarhus Cathedral and the court hose. As for food – are you looking for traditional Danish food or will International food be ok, too? Because we mostly have the latter.

  2. Last summer, my friend and I ate at blå ishuset many times! If I may, I’d like to suggest a couple places that we enjoyed for you to also explore. In Mygdal, there is a potter who also sells bottles of Vikingblud, and an amber jeweler. In Bindslev, there are the gammle Elværk and fisketrappen. The hyggelig ‘keeper’s cottage’ belongs to a lovely older couple, both are artists. Drop in to see their paintings!
    I love Denmark and her people; I hope I can return again soon!

    1. Hi Sherri, thanks so much for the tips! I’m planning a trip to North Jutland this autumn and again in the winter so your recommendations are much appreciated!

  3. We are thinking of moving just outside Aalborg from the UK.
    What was it like growing up as i have 2 children?x

    1. Denmark is a lovely place to grow up, especially Jutland (but I might be biased 🙂 ). You have beautiful nature up north, the pace is slower and people are more down to earth than in Copenhagen. Did you or your husband get a job here since you’re thinking of moving?

  4. Hi Miriam

    Thank you for your blog!

    The summehouse looks amazing. Would you have the name of a website to find this specific house (or similar ones)?

    We will spend 1.5 weeks in Denmark this summer and are looking for a nice summer house.

    Best regards,

    1. Hi Ben,
      North Jutland is definitely the place to rent a summer house! Ours was old and a bit far away from everything so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. Some great places are Løkken, Blokhus, Tornby, Skiveren, Sæby, Skallerup Klit, Tversted, Bratten beach – and Skagen of course. You might find some summer houses on this site: But you’d probably find more by googling – there are many other sites. You should book asap because they’re high in demand.

      Best from Denmark, and have a great trip!

  5. Hi Miriam, i just came across your blog, we are an Indian family travelling to Denmark (July 12 to 26 2017) from Dubai, this being our first trip, we would love to have some tips on visiting places. We are travelling with our son 10 year old and daughter 6 year old
    We are planning to visit Copenhagen,Frederikshavn,Aalborg,Aarhus,Billund Legoland ,Odense

    Your suggestions/tips, are all welcome regarding places to visit, food, weather 🙂
    Thank you in advance

    1. Hi Kripa John,
      Welcome to Denmark! 🙂 I wrote this post last year that covers some of the places you’re going:

      If I were you, I’d spend most time in Copenhagen, Odense, Aarhus and Frederikshavn (Legoland/Billund – just 1 day). There’s not much to see in Frederikshavn, but it’s a great base to explore Northern Denmark!

  6. OMG! You have been a life saver and given me so much wonderful information! I will be in Denmark for 5 days and want to see as much as I possibly can! From Copenhagen, I want to explore Funen, Odense, Ribe, Vadelhavet, Mogeltonder, Sonderborg, Tornby, Aarhus and Saeby (as per a few of your road trip blog posts). Is this too much?? Do you suggest another itinerary??
    Thank you!!

    1. Thanks so much, Judith!

      Well, anything is possible if you have a car 🙂 You schedule will be SUPER tight, but it’s doable. If you want to skip some of the places, I recommend leaving out Sønderborg and Møgeltønder. Also, Tornby and Sæby is very far from Copenhagen, so although those places are amazing I think you should save them for another time perhaps.

      You can do it like this:

      Day 1: Copenhagen
      Day 2: Funen (Odense) (spend the night in Odense)
      Day 3: Sønderborg, Ribe, Vadehavet, Møgeltønder (spend the night in Ribe)
      Day 3: Aarhus (Spend the night in Aarhus)
      Day 4: Aarhus (Spend the night in Aarhus)
      Day 5: Drive back to Copenhagen (4 hours by car).

  7. I go on a road trip with my son every summer (5th time this year & he’s only 12); Denmark has been on my list for some time; It’s an 8h drive for us (we’re from Belgium) and I only get 4 days from my wife 🙂

    Next year I’ll negociate for 5 days and come to Denmark. Your blogs are extremely helpful to plan ahead, a great mix of nature, beautiful towns, beaches and culture; which is what we try to do every year.

    Since my son is fascinated by everything from World War II (we did Normandy 2 years ago), can you recommend some locations to visit e.g. where the bunkers are best preserved?

    Thanks a lot for sharing this!

    1. Hi Jimmy, what a great idea! You’ll find the best preserved bunkers by the Western Sea. There are a lot at White Sands (south Denmark) and up North in Løkken, Blokhus and further north towards Skagen.

      Have an amazing trip!

  8. thanks for the info. My wife and I are travelling to danmark this sept. Weve been many times but never alone. my wife is Danish, so its always good to read about new perspectives.Hygge is Danmarks GREATEST resource and should be sought out everywhere you go. Thanks

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