Jammerbugten - The Bay Denmark offers a wealth of unique landscapes, a seaside atmosphere, culinary and cultural experiences as well as a truly fantastic history in connection with the many shipwrecks in the bay.
Enjoy its unique qualities in countless ways depending on your own personal interests. Experience all of it from one of the cosy seaside hotels, from a beautifully located summerhouse in the dunes, a relaxed campsite or one of numerous popular holiday centres.
Sleep to the sound of the North Sea's waves, enjoy the beautiful views from the top of the dunes and experience the feeling of sand between your toes. Authentic, beautiful and intimate.
Photo: Blokhus Strand beach with its characteristic seaside beach huts
The unique landscape, with its colourful sunsets, high dunes and wide, white sandy beaches combined with the small, cosy seaside towns is the biggest attraction in Jammerbugten - The Bay Denmark.
It's never far to beach, forest or town. Whether you prefer sunbathing on the beach, shopping and dining in good company in the small restaurants in the seaside towns or would rather experience the region's natural beauty, perhaps on a biking or hiking tour, then there are plenty of great opportunities for both in the Bay Denmark. A new hiking trail has just been opened in 2018 in Fosdalen that offers an exciting terrain and exceptional views of the ocean. The North Sea Trail and the Hærvej trail are also popular hiking routes, which both take walkers through the extremely beautiful west coast landscape.
Photo: Tranum Strand
In the northern part of Jammerbugten, the most popular holiday areas are the seaside town of Blokhus, with its cosy cafes, restaurants and small shops, and the well-known amusement park Fårup Sommerland. The latter is a special favourite with kids, and it is also possible to stay overnight inside the park at the newly build 4-stars hotel: Hotel Fårup. The amusement park has 60 attractions and is awarded as the 2nd best amusement park in Europe. The region also offers an array of lovely campsites, one of the most visited in the area being Camping Blokhus, which has spots both close to the town and its amenities and further out into unspoiled nature.
Photo: Strandingsgården inn, in the centre of Blokhus, has today been revitalised to house a number of quality restaurants. Restaurant Futten is one of the popular spots
This is not only a trademark for the west coast, but is iconic for Denmark. You can experience the crashing waves of the North Sea at one of Denmark's most beautiful beaches, Blokhus Strand. Characteristic seaside hotels are located all along the West Coast, and a new hotel was recently built in the centre of the seaside town of Blokhus - Strandhotellet Blokhus.
Photo: The courtyard of the new Strandhotellet Blokhus
Enjoy an authentic seaside vacation just like in the good old days and let yourself be pampered in the wellness department or with exciting and delicious gastronomy in the hotel restaurant. There are also a number of fascinating seaside hotels in the Svinkløv-Slettestrand area, each with their own history and style. These include Rønnes Hotel, a former seaside retirement home which has been thoroughly modernised and is today a popular hotel. The landscape around Svinkløv is also the setting where the popular Danish TV series: Badehotellet ('seaside hotel') was recorded. A new seaside hotel is set to open in Svinkløv in 2019.
The unique nature around Slettestrand and Svinkløv are also very popular for mountain enthusiasts and the area is classified as one of the best in Denmark. Especially Feriecenter Slettestrand (holiday center) has specialized in this field and offers professional training courses. If you would prefer to spend your vacation is this area in one of the coastal holiday houses, then you can rent one from the local tourist agency Jammerbugt Ferie.
Photo: Svinklovene at Svinkløv, where the outdoor scenes for the Danish TV-series 'Badehotellet' were recorded.
At Thorupstrand you can visit Denmark's largest active coast landing site, where the local fishermen still haul their boats all the way up onto the beach after a hard day's work at sea. You can also buy freshly-caught fish to take home or shop for exciting specialities at Thorupstrand Delikatesse or smoked specialities in Thorupstrand Røgeri. Sustainable fishing is practised at Thorupstrand using especially considerate fishing methods which protect both the seabed and fish stocks.
Photo: Thorupstrand - a vibrant cultural environment where the boats are still hauled up onto the beach
At Slettestrand, you can visit a genuine boatbuilder's yard - Han Herred Havbåde (Han Herred Seaboats), where old, clinker-built fishing boats are restored and rebuilt before being launched from the beach.
These are just some of the things which contribute to a continuing, healthy existence of the historic, maritime soul of a region that is still packed with modern entertainment forms, a lively beach life and a wealth of activities and events.
Close to Jammerbugten is the North Sea Oceanarium, Northern Europe's largest aquarium, where you experience the wonders of the ocean such as the ocean sunfish, seals and other aquatic life at close range.
The Bay Denmark offers a wealth of unique ingredients and local produce. Sustainable fish from Thorupstrand, Vildmose potatoes, Ryå ice cream from Aabybro Mejeri, Cheese from Ingstrup Mejeri, schnapps and gin from Nordisk Brænderi and local sea or herbal salt from Blokhus Salt made from water which has been drawn directly from the North Sea. There are thus many eateries and businesses in the area which offer unique culinary experiences.
The possibilities are many, and the region is a trailblazer in local ingredients and exciting culinary experiences, so it’s simply a matter of visiting the region and pampering your taste buds.
Enjoy for example the local Han Herred Schnapps with the traditional Danish "smørrebrød" (like a open sandwich) or perhaps a local 'stjerneskud' called "Shooting Star", which is a variety of fish arranged on slices of bread and garnished with shrimp and caviar. Here you can really taste the local soul and tradition of the region.
Photo: Strandingskroen in Blokhus is a royal privileged inn and offers fine dining and gastronomy in a historic setting with maritime atmosphere
You can find local ingredients and special foods everywhere in the area, and you can also shop for some great bargains at the local farmers' markets every Thuesday in July in Blokhus.
In addition, there are a wide variety of arts and cultural experiences in the region. At Sculpturepark Blokhus you can experience the gigantic sand sculptures which the 20,000 m2 park is known for or admire the other works constructed from stone, concrete, wood and iron. In the park's shop in Kulturhuset there is the chance to purchase some smaller works of art. During the lead-up to Christmas, the 20,000 m2 park transforms into a twinkling Christmas market with thousands of lights and market stalls.
In 2018, the Bay Denmark welcomed Scandinavia's first Centre for Paper Art. A wholly new artistic venture, the international artist Karen Bit Vejle, who is known in Asia as 'Denmark's new HC Andersen', exhibits here her own magical works, giant paper cuttings measuring up to 3 x 5 metres, all made using a pair of small embroidery scissors.
The gardens, Haven i Hune are also worth a visit. This is an architecturally stunning pearl in North Jutland arranged by the flower painter, Anne Just.
During the summertime, many small galleries and craft studios open their doors in the region to visitors, all with their own unique qualities and artistic styles. For example, you can visit glassworks, ceramics studios, candlemakers, galleries and much more.
Big events are held regularly in the area throughout the year. The Wool Festival Uldfestival Saltum and Blokhus-Løkken Wind Festival are held every year in May and August respectively and you can also witness the spectacular sight of 20 propeller planes landing on the beach at Blokhus Fly In 25th of August
Photo: Blokhus Strand from Blokhus Fly In in August
Other exciting events include free pop concerts on the square in Blokhus with leading Danish music artists every Thursday. VesterhavsRock in Fjerritslev 3th of August, Living History at the old Bratskov Manor every Thursday or Cannon firing/Salute on Blokhus Strand every evening. All popular annually recurring events.
The Limfjord is Jammerbugten's beautiful back garden. The idyllic harbour towns of Gjøl and Attrup are well worth a visit. Each of them is packed with its own charm and warmth, which you simply cannot find other places. You can explore the history of both areas, which are crammed with local anecdotes and stories, or enjoy a meal prepared with local ingredients at the historic inn with the crow-stepped gable in Gjøl or with a fantastic views of the harbour at Attrup Havnecafé.
No matter what type of vacation you choose, you are assured the very best setting for a great stay. In The Bay Denmark there are always plenty of enjoyable experiences to be had, but you can take them at your own pace.
In other words, there is ample opportunity for you to enjoy a fantastic holiday and take home some great holiday memories with you from Jammerbugten.
Just 25 minutes from the wide, white sandy beaches of Jammerbugten is Aalborg Airport, which connects the region with the rest of Europe.