About 100km north of Aalborg, Skagen sits at the very top of Denmark amid breathtaking heather-topped sand dunes. A popular resort, it attracts thousands of visitors annually thanks to its artistic connections and wonderful seafood restaurants.

Much of Skagen’s appeal lies in aimlessly wandering its marina or cycling out to its fabulous beaches. There is one star sight, however – the Skagen Museum, displaying much of the work of the influential Skagen artists. Nearby is the home of one of the group’s leading lights and his wife, herself a skilful painter: the Michael and Anna Anchers Hus. Around 1.5km southwest of the hostel is the Buried Church, which was engulfed by sand drift in 1795 and subsequently abandoned. Today the white spire is all that remains amid the dunes. Old Skagen, 4 kilometres west of the centre, is where Denmark’s jet set have their villas: head to the Solnedgangspladsen here to watch the spectacular sunsets.

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