We had some warm days and some cold days, but the kids were excited about eating ice cream on all the days… The town is very much a summer vacation town, with lots of tourists, but still very charming with a nice atmosphere.
Another cool bunker collection we spent some time exploring. This battery was constructed in 1941 and is entirely on the beach now with a couple half submerged in the water already.
This is where two bodies of water meet on the very northern tip of Denmark, the North Sea and the Kattegat sea.It was really windy with sand and water blowing so we did a quick stop, got really wet, and then went back to safety!
The North Sea Oceanarium is the largest aquarium in northern Europe. It had a number of creatures we hadn’t seen previously and a bunch of interactive stuff. The weird looking gigantic fish in the pictures on the top right is called an Ocean sunfish, and it’s the 6th largest fish in the world.
It was a very windy day so we decided to drive down and see what the coast was like. Quite a different experience than on a sunny calm day! The water was too high to drive out along the beach, so we did a short dune walk. The wind was so strong in some places that you could lean into the wind and have it almost hold you up!
The beach here is hard enough to drive out on, so we took a trip down the seaside. Lots of bunkers scattered around. The wind was perfect for kiting so we got out the kite and spent some time getting it airborne and then learning how to fly it a bit better.
This lighthouse is a bit special due to the fact that it is under constant threat of erosion from the sea. It had recently been moved some hundred meters or so inland to preserve it. Great views from the top of the area, and lots of sand for Elliot to go rolling around in. And here is a blog post from seven years ago, where we visited the lighthouse before it got moved.
We did a city orienteering trip to Aalborg, which brought us around to a lot of the attractions in the city. There were many cool medieval buildings to see mixed in with more modern architecture. The weather was on and off, and we were a bit concerned that we would get rained on, but we managed to catch a break and have a very nice walk around the city.
This museum is placed in the area where the Germans first invaded Denmark in April 1940. It is packed with old weapons, tanks, and other machinery. There were some displays that outlined the history about the cold war and WW2 really well. Very recommendable.
The first summerhouse we went to was located in a town called Søndervig, a beach town and tourist destination on the west coast of Jutland. We didn’t spent too much time in the town, other than when the kids wanted to go in the trampoline harness. They could not get enough! Also pictured is a trip we took walking out on a small trail across the Ringkøbing fjord.
Another stop along the drive where we completed an orienteering map. Fredericia has a lot of history going back hundreds of years and has been involved in many wars with the Germans. Many of the old historical buildings are still quite well preserved.