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FROM THE ICE AGE TO THE PRESENT

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The natural and cultural environment of Vesthimmerland provides a unique glimpse into Denmark’s history over 55 million years — from fossils to Stone Age culture and Viking Age fortifications to medieval cloisters and 19th-century manor estates.

A trip into the past passes through five different areas along the coast. The first stop is Lovns Halvø, the landscape of which is characterized by hills created by Ice Age deposits. Runoff and rain have scarred the landscape, forming ravines and exposing the layer of moraine clays that are up to 250,000 years old.  Even further back in time can be seen with the naked eye in Ertebølle, 18 kilometers farther north, where 55-million- year-old tectonic and volcanic activity can be read in the vertical layers of clay and ash in the 28-meter-shigh diatomite cliff at Ertebølle Hoved.  This site is rich in fossils and its beach is filled with petrified wood, sea urchins, and flint tools made by the originators of the world-famous Ertebølle Culture’s trash heaps of oyster and mussel shells dating from the early Stone Age. From here a trip goes to Aggersborg, Denmark’s largest Viking fortification, where you can get a good sense of the importance of the Limfjord to the Vikings 1000 years ago.  Seventeen kilometers from Aggersborg lies Vitskøl Cloister dating from 1158.  Here, among other things, you can visit the Cistercian monks’ impressive herb garden with its more than 100 types of medicinal herbs. Finally, the trip goes to either Løgstør, the City of Mussels, or to Hessel Manor and thus into newer times. At Hessel you can experience what a Danish manor farm looked like in the 19thcentury, while in Løgstør Denmark’s largest museum object, Frederik the VII’s Canal can be seen This time travel adventure can be made forwards or backwards as you wish.

Find more inspiration for your holiday along Himmerland West Coast

90 km. Limfjord

Culinary experiences

Raw foodstuffs of the highest quality and numerous creative chefs serving these delicacies for you make Himmerland West Coast a decided goal for every adventurous foodie.

Children Activities

Himmerland’s West Coast offers lots of opportunities for having children be active with fun experiences on the water and along the coast.  From free play and its excitement to educational arrangements, expeditions, crab-catching and seal-watching safaris.

Maritime atmosphere

Along the Limfjord you will find a chain of fine small yacht harbors.  They are atmospheric travel destinations, whether you come by water or land.  Heist your sails or pack your bike bags and take as one example this little tour of a handful of the most atmospheric.

 

 

Experiences for everyone

Himmerland offers an impressive variety of entertaining, educational, hyggelige, delicious and spectacular experiences along its 90-kilometer-long west coast.  Possibilities abound for young and old, tall and small, thick and thin, and everyone in between.

Nature experiences

Fresh air, sun-burned noses and rosy cheeks.  Isn’t it wonderful that the best experiences are quite free as a rule?  Here are five ideas for wonderful experiences in Nature that you can take home free and clear from your visit to Himmerland’s West Coast.

Camping

Himmerland’s West Coast offers 90 kilometers of Limfjord in which experiences of the natural environment reign supreme.  Here are perfect opportunities to disconnect from everyday life in beautiful natural areas and engage the family through activities on various paths and routes or in the Limfjord itself. 

Active holiday

Are you bursting with energy when on vacation? Or do you want to be?  If so, Himmerland West Coast is your perfect destination.

24 hours on the West Coast of Himmerland

A 90-kilometer-long west coast cannot be experienced in a single day.  But if 24 hours is all you have, here is a suggestion for an optimal use of your time.

Muslingebyen

The name Løgstør is mentioned for the first time in 1514, but in more recent times the town has been known as The City of Mussels due to its central location in the Limfjord mussel industry.  The town is rich in history and has an exciting market town atmosphere. 

Livø

Effectively shielded from the nearest highway by 4-5 kilometers of sky-blue Limfjord waves is hidden one of the Himmerland coast’s best-kept secrets.  There are no cars on Livø and farming on the island is 100% ecological.

From Ice Age to Present

The natural and cultural environment of Vesthimmerland provides a unique glimpse into Denmark’s history over 55 million years — from fossils to Stone Age culture and Viking Age fortifications to medieval cloisters and 19th-century manor estates.

Beaches

Ninety kilometers of west-oriented coastline provides ample opportunity to wrest a couple of days out of one’s vacation calendar in order to sunbathe on the beach while the little ones swim and play in the sand.