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North East Denmark

Totally different from the more southerly wooded fjords, the North East coast of Denmark is a place of sand dunes and fishing towns. The coast is unremarkable and at the extreme tip is the famous Skagens Rev, where the waters from the Skagerrak meet the North Sea. Skagen is a destination in itself. Sæby a small pleasant fishing village. Hals is a reasonable stop, particularly if traveling on to the Limfjord. Grenå is a major ‘truck stop’ between the north and the waters of Århus Bight. It is also a reasonable hop to Sweden

Anholt is a true beach destination. An idyllic island in the middle of the Kattegat, with golden beaches and lovely forests. It sits plumb in between Grenå in Denmark and Varberg in Sweden.


Situated at the very tip of Denmark, this is a popular stop for both Norwegian and Swedish visitors and can get (over)full on occasions. Mooring is bows to pontoon with a stern anchor in the mud. There are some lovely fish restaurants on the quay but these may close in the evening. Facilities are poor, and the fish processing works in the docks can be pungent. There is a chandlers on the quay.


A much better place than Frederikshavn, with moorings both in boxes and along the quay. A few restaurants within 2 minutes and the town 100 yards beyond that make this an attractive little place to stop. The beach next door is also pleasant. The harbour is reached by a short buoyed channel.


Reached by a buoyed channel, Hals is on the north bank of the entrance to the Limfjord. The harbour itself has room for visitors just in and to port within the breakwaters, or you can look for a free box. There are a few shops on the quay and a good bus service to Alborg. A ferry carries people and cars to the south bank and the Egense marina – a poor alternative.


The archetypical Danish holiday island, with long pristine sandy beaches and rolling countryside. There is one small village on the island. The harbour is large, but can get full. Anholt is ideally positioned, being about 50 miles from Sweden (Varberg) and 25 from Denmark (Grenå). There is some confusion over whether the cut-through buoys to the north of the island still exist – the channel definitely does. There is one restaurant and a small shop in the Harbour. The harbour master will supply cash against credit cards – for a fee. Approach can be rough in strong westerlys.


There is always room in the large new marina, just to the south of the Harbour itself, and boats can be comfortably left here. The largest berths are hard to starboard round the breakwater. All facilities are available and the marina restaurant is exceptional – almost worth a visit on its own. The marina is about 300 yards from some shops, and about 1 mile from the town itself. Bicycles are available for free loan. The Sealife centre is right next door to the marina and well worth a visit. It’s also well worth a walk round the harbour to see the fishing boat graveyard and breaking works. Although the marina is sheltered, the coast at Grenå is quite exposed

Useful resources
North Sea Passage Pilot
Cruising Guide to Germany and Denmark by Brian NavinThe essential bible
North Sea Passage Pilot

Sailing Guide to Jutland

Free from local marinas

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