Day 96: Hirshals to Skagen - Sat 9 Aug
Disembarked - amazed to
see no long lines of tourist rigs ready to sail to Iceland, but rather stacks
of lorries and semis servicing local industries. So we were in the last tourist
wave to see Iceland in 2014 after all.
Headed to Skagen and the top of Denmark.
Stopped at Rabjerg Mile to climb the largest migrating coastal dune in Europe
(moves 18mts NE annually), and the enormous plain of sand-blasted stones
Further on stopped to see the spire of St Lawrence church - the only
part not buried under the shifting sands (the struggle to keep the church free
of sand was abandoned in 1795).
Enjoyed a late lunch in pretty Skagen, with its
quaint yellow-painted houses before heading to the peninsula, past the white
and then the grey lighthouses, to reach the most northerly part of Denmark.
Unfortunately the drizzle turned into cold blowy rain by then and we decided to
visit Bunker museum part of the "German Military's Atlantic Wall", rather
than walk on the beach on the Grenen sandbar, where the Baltic fights it out
with the North Sea. Dashed in to the small supermarket in the downpour, and
scrounged enough salad for a non-cook dinner - rest of groceries can wait for a
bigger town. Pulled over and went to bed - the time zone changes of last
24 hours between, Iceland, Faroe, Norway and Denmark relatively meaningless…