Say the name Billund, and the first thing that enters the heads of families with children is Legoland. And yes, the amusement park which last year celebrated 50 years of fun is definitely worth a visit. But after that you should head to the North Sea.
West Jutland has the biggest sand dunes and finest beaches in Denmark. Wild and beautiful and perfect for wind and water sports, such as the beaches at Blåvand Fyr – Denmark’s most westerly point – and Hvite Sande, the strip of sand that stretches between the North Sea and Ringkøbing Fjord. While the older children can try their hand at windsurfing, kitesurfing or guided SUP (stand-up paddleboard) trips, the youngest can build sand castles or play hide-and-seek behind the dunes. The water temperature can be a little fresh, but most Norwegians will be used to that.
This adventure landscape also has fantastic bird life, with everything from storks on the town hall roof in Denmark’s oldest town, Ribe, to the wild eagles around Ringkøbing. Outside Esbjerg is the Wadden Sea national park, listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the world’s ten most important wading areas. At high and low tide, the water moves back and forth between the sand banks throughout the entire 500 square kilometres of this tidal area.
On the island of Fanø you will find the small town of Sønderho. In 2011, it was chosen as Denmark’s cosiest village. Here you can experience a journey back in time with cosy houses dating from the 18th century, narrow cobblestone streets and summer floral gardens. The sand banks outside Sønderho are also home to a large seal colony where you can join a seal safari by boat or on foot.
Just up the coast, a sand sculpture festival is organised every summer in Søndervig near Hvite Sande. Over ten days, several dozen of the world’s most talented sand sculptors meet to create magic with 12,000 tonnes of West Jutland sand.
Widerøe flies directly to Billund from Bergen.
The trip from Billund to Ringkøbing, Esbjerg and Ribe takes around one hour by hire car.
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