We are lucky to live a short drive from one of the most beautiful places in Denmark – the wild coast in West Jutland. Here we are blessed with neverending beaches, the wild and roaring North Sea, purple fairytale-like heatherlands (when in bloom) and a dramatic coast with lots of dunes shaped by nature itself. Besides the incredible nature experience you get here in West Jutland, you also get a piece of history, since the coast at the most western point in Denmark has lots of bunkers from World War II.
Becca and I drove off way early in the morning. We needed a day just me and her out having fun. Since it was in the middle of July, tourist would be swarming the place, if we didn’t make an early appearance. So by 7 AM we sat in the car headed for Blaavandshuk.
Blaavandshuk Lighthouse – symbol of the most western point of Denmark
We parked the car at Blaavandshuk Lighthouse and startet our hike from here. We walked up to the lighthouse, to get a look up close. The lighthouse was build in 1900 and measures 39 meters tall. Blaavandshuk Lighthouse is easy to see from anywhere in the area, because it sits on a high dune, making it glance proudly out at the sea, above all the other dunes. It is possible to walk the 170 stairs up and get a beautiful view of the area and the worlds largest windmill park out in The North Sea. I haven’t been up to see the view, since I was a child, but today was not the day to visit. We were too early, as the lighthouse opens at 10 AM.
Blaavand Beach – a dog friendly beach
From the lighthouse we walked a bit in the dunes. I had a leash on Becca, as the law states, that your dog must be leashed from April – September in all of Denmark. The reason for this, is to protect wildlife. To be honest I shortly let her of the leash to snap some photos of her. She hasn’t got that hunting thing going for her and she doesn’t run off to chase wildlife. But again – it was just shortly and I wouldn’t recommend walking your dog unleashed, as it is illegal and I think it is important to respect the care of wildlife.
Blaavand Beach is a dog friendly beach! You are allowed to bring your dog and it’s a long and wide beach, meaning there’s a lot of space for you and your dog to enjoy yourself, without having to run into other dogs. From October – March your dog can be without a leash on the beach and oh boy I’m looking forward to October!
The West Coast of Denmark is windy. When we visited, it was too. Becca’s coat was all over the place and when the wind blew her coat all in one direction, she looked kind of funny (and a bit unsatisfied). The sand blew across the beach, making it look like, it was dancing in the wind. It wasn’t pleasant for Becca to keep walking on the beach, as the sand would hit her eyes. We walked back to the dunes and continued our walk on the trails for bicycles to our next destination – The Bunker Horses.
The Bunker Horses
In the area near Blaavandshuk Lighthouse you will find about 50 bunkers scattered all over the beach. They are remains of World War II during 1940-1945. Four of these bunkers has been made into an art installation, by transforming them to look like mules. The art installation was made in 1995 to celebrate the 50 year mark of Denmark’s liberation. Mules are a symbol of peace, because they can’t reproduce and that’s just what they symbolise – peace.
The Bunker Horses is a walk down the beach from Blaavandshuk Lighthouse. You can’t see them when standing at the beach by the lighthouse. Becca had fun sniffing around the bunkers – I bet a lot of dogs has marked the corners! If you are visiting in the off leash season, be aware that your dog might run into the bunkers! It’s not safe, because you can’t always follow them into the narrow rooms inside the bunker, so I recommend you keep a close watch on your dog, when you’re near the bunkers.
I feel lucky to live here and be able to visit this place easily. If you’re ever visiting Denmark you should definately go explore the west coast! Your dog will love running the beaches! Just remember to come in the morning if you visit during peak season. On a cautionary note I must mention, that the sea is pretty wild and potentionally dangerous. If the blue flags are up, you can’t go swimming.
While your dog runs loose on the white sandy beach, you might just stumble upon some true danish gold – amber! So keep your eyes open while walking the beach. I had no luck – all I found was shells from mussels – but they are pretty too!
I hope you enjoyed a look into the danish west coast in West Jutland, where I live! I sure will miss this place, when we travel Europe next year! But I’m sure, I’ll find amazing beaches for us to explore somewhere out in Europe!