Visit Jutland: The Untamed West Coast

These are some of my favourite pictures – in all the years I have been a photographer. For me, they sum up what Denmark´s West coast is all about – rugged, otherworldly shorelines – where the sea and sand clash fervently in their eternal battle.

The pics were taken from the cliff by the Rubjerg Knude lighthouse (see my pictures from this iconic landmark here.)

Visit Stockholm: The Swedish Capital´s Colourful Metro Stations

Stockholm in the winter is well and truly a cold, dull and dark place.

Scratch beneath the surface and you will find a whole new world, however — one of colour, caves and vast artworks, each with their own story and heritage.

Since the late fifties, Stockholm´s metro stations have been decorated by the works of numerous artists, who have created epic underground wonderlands that are both functional as well as fun.

I didn´t visit all of Stockholm´s elaborate metro stations (saving some for another rainy day) but those that I did have the pleasure of seeing truly beguilded me.

My imagination wandered ‘neath the bedrock and beyond it´s confines — I saw Darth Vader, Zion´s hall from The Matrix and so much more.

Visit Jutland – Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse

The Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse is probably one of Jutland´s most well-known icons.

Located along the rough West coast, the lighthouse has been around since 1900 and was moved 70 metres inland last year, to save it from the encroaching sea.

The video and the pictures below were taken just before the lighthouse was moved further inland.

While you´re in the area, be sure to make a stopover at the old fishing town of Lønstrup (see my pictures of this beautiful town here.)

Visit Denmark – the little town of Lønstrup

The old fishing town of Lønstrup, on Jutland´s northern tip has to be one of Denmark´s most beautiful.

Erosion from the might north sea has made its mark in and around Lønstrup. Indeed the well-known landmark, Rudbjerg Knude Lighthouse (see my pictures from this iconic spot, here,) is located not to far away) but the town stands firm – with its quaint houses built on the hilly landscape.

Visit Jutland – Cold Hawaii, Denmark

Believe the hype. The Northwestern stretch of the Danish west coast, commonly referred to as Cold Hawaii, is home to some of the greatest swells in the world. Unlike its American namesake, however, this is not a place of palm-fringed beaches, hula shirts and unending sunsets – it is, as the name suggests, predominantly cold.

Not that this should deter the ardent surfer, however – if you don’t have one already, you can easily purchase a wetsuit in one of the many surf shops in the area. Choose between wetsuits that will keep you warm enough during the cold winter months or thinner suits that’ll have you covered for the months of the year where It’s cold but not blisteringly so.

My favourite spot, when it comes to riding these north shore waves, is around the small town of Vorupør – The waves here break close to the shoreline and will roll you gently in – so a longboard is my personal preference.

Do I prefer Cold Hawaii to the real (American) Hawaii? Well, if I could surf in the latter every day of the year, I would. However, being that I live in Denmark currently, I´ll gladly take Cold Hawaii and its generous offerings, cold or otherwise.

Read my guide to the American Hawaii here.

Visit Jutland: A trip to the woods – Rold Skov

There is not shortage of leafy woods in Jutland. One of my personal favourites is Rold Skov, which is actually also the second-largest forest in Denmark.

You´ll find all manner of wildlife here, from deers to foxes, badgers and otters – though you´ll probably have to venture deeper into the woods than we did on our foray there.

There is also a closed atomic bunker called Regan West somewhere in the woods – I´m not quite sure where but let your curiosity wander and it may lead you there 😉