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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.