It is exactly two years ago since we got the idea to travel around the world. It was right after a nice summer holiday in north-western Jutland that we realized that a radical change in our life was needed. And what better way to celebrate the “anniversary” than to return to north-western Jutland?
We arrived by ferry from Langesund in Norway. Onboard Fjordlines very posh and almost brand new ferry we had paid almost 6 dollars for a blueberry muffin, 21 dollars for a “hot meal of the day” and 9 dollars for an open sandwich. I swallowed hard and closed my eyes as I swiped my card through the terminal. For the same money (and far less) we could have eaten in a nice restaurant in central Munich, INCLUDING wine. But onboard the ferries between Norway and Denmark there is not much else to do than just pay what they want, unless you bring your own food, which you are in fact allowed to do. We did have an opportunity to bring our own food, but somehow got away from that. We certainly paid our penalty for that...!
Well, well, when you are on holiday you cannot sit and cry over stuff like that, so we ate our food with great joy and enjoyed the spectacular view from the upper deck on the ferry. You can sit on the sundeck on the very top throughout the journey (apprx. 4 hours), which was a nice addition to the experience. The +30 degrees celsius almost felt nice while at sea!
We arrived rather late at my mothers house in Lemvig, but by now Anton’s daily routines were turned upside down anyway, so we didn’t mind!
The west coast of Denmark is fabulous when the weather is nice. And we had great luck with the weather this time! Temperatures between 25-30 degrees celsius simply gave everything a bit more of an “exotic” feel, than on some of our previous trips to the area.
The town of Lemvig can be dated back at least 800 years. It has been an important market town since 1545. Today the main income to the town comes from tourism and industrial fishing. In fact, some of the largest fishing trawlers in Denmark are located in the harbour of Thyborøn - which is a part of Lemvig Municipality. Tourism is primarily a summer business, but over the years we have been spotting german tourists at other seasons as well. In the center of Lemvig you find a very cozy pedestrian shopping street with a great variety of retail-stores. All with a high level of service and good product quality. People shop locally around here, and the retailers seem to be thriving.
We like driving around the area. Often we drive to Thyborøn, where we find one of our absolute favourite danish beaches. All the way out where the large ships enter the harbour. The water is clean and inviting. The sand is perfect for building castles and dams. Thyborøn has a few nice fish-restaurants, but our favorite one is by far the folksy “Fiskehallen”, which also has a nice variety of handmade ice-cream! The dishes are delicious and fairly priced. Furthermore, the locals eat here, which is always a nice and good indicator for quality!
I simply love the drive down the coast along Torsmindevej, and further along Klitvej. You drive along the sand dunes, so on windy days the roads may actually get blocked from drifting sand. You drive many, many kilometers along completely straight stretches of road. I am not exactly sure what it is that fascinates me about this, but all the way out here, where you cannot really get any further west in Denmark, the nature is simply stunning. And if you step out of your car on any day outside the main season, you can enjoy complete quietness, apart from the roar of the North Sea. During the summer season there are lots of tourists, but even then I do not find it particularly crowded or overrun. The beaches are extremely long (many kilometers) so there should be plenty of room for all!
We drove down to Søndervig and Hvide Sande, where you can also find some very nice beaches. But you have to be cautious at any time and follow the instructions that the lifeguards will give you, if any situation occurs. Unfortunately accidents happen every year, because some people do not follow these instructions, and drownings occur. The waves are fabulous and fun to play with, but they are dangerous and the currents should never be underestimated! However, even if you do not dive into the waves at all, it is nice to just sit with your feet in the sand. For even on the hottest days a refreshing breeze will cool you down. But do NOT forget sunscreen! In spite of the coolness the sun is merciless!
In Hvide Sande you should not miss out on a visit to Hvide Sande Røgeri, which is both a fish shop and a fish restaurant. Normally Alexandra goes absolutely ballistic here! And near the tiny settlement of Houvig you find the best farmers shop on the west coast. “Vestkystens Gårdbutik” offers a great range of delicious meat from their own cattle, homemade ice-cream and a cozy café with their own pastry chef. It is slightly overrun during the main season, so bring with you a bit of patience! On the other hand the staff is very welcoming!
We ended our two-week roundtrip through Scandinavia with a long awaited visit to Legoland Billund. Anton has been talking about this ever since he found out what LEGO is. Coincidentally we got a free ticket for Anton on a Shell gas station where they ran a promotion. So we saved quite a bit of money there. About 60 dollars to be exact. Alexandra and I had to pay the full price though. To begin with I found it all to be somewhat overpriced, but after having spent an entire day with Anton, thrilled and in full vigor, I actually do not think that the entrance fee is that bad. The resort is beautiful and there are plenty of great rides to try for free once the entrance fee has been paid. Alexandra and I were mostly fascinated by the LEGO mini houses and landscapes. They even had a small corner with houses from Tegernsee near Munich! A nice and unexpected touch!
On the other hand I find it extremely expensive to shop in the LEGO store (the world’s largest!) and the prices in all the cafés, ice-stalls and restaurants are also way over the top! This is where they really drain your wallet and the 100 dollar bills (or Danish 500 kroner bills) will simply vanish between your fingers. If you have plans to buy some LEGO for your children it may be a good idea to combine this purchase with a visit to Legoland. Just for the experience! But you should not expect to save any money at all. It is full price! Instead we have found out that LEGO is apprx. 10% cheaper in Germany than in its native Denmark.
After a day full of fun and excitement in Legoland we drove to Anette, Søren, Rasmus and Maries house, where we had a great evening on their terrace with a BBQ and endless talks. Søren has been my closest friend ever since I was three months old, and we do not meet very often nowadays. So it got very late before I got to bed. The next morning we decided not to drive all the way straight to Munich in one go. So we took a short detour to the Harz area in northern Germany - a Danish favourite. We checked into a wellness hotel in the middle of the forest where we all fell asleep to the roaring river just outside our window. We hardly noticed the heavy, dark clouds that gathered above us and Anton and Alexandra never heard the thunder or saw the lightening at night. This type of weather continued the next day as we drove back to Munich. For a short while our good luck was over - in terms of weather. But I guess it was simply too much to ask for this to last, after two straight weeks with the best summer weather one could ask for? In Denmark, Sweden and Norway it doesn’t get any better than what we just had!