Transatlantic — Arriving into Skagen, Denmark


Skagen, Denmark

Our Royal Caribbean ship, Vision of the Seas, was now officially transatlantic after our Baltic adventure. We stayed aboard Vision of the Seas when it returned to Copenhagen and prepared for and adventure that would take us to Norway, Scotland, Iceland, and Newfoundland before our return to the U.S.

We started our transatlantic crossing with a stop at the port of Skagen, Denmark on August 23, 2017. Skagen is a smallish community of just over 8,000, and it’s the northernmost town in Denmark, near the tip of the Skagen Odde Peninsula. You’re probably tiring of hearing me describe yet another Baltic cruise destination as charming and photogenic, but as we visit Skagen over the next two weeks of articles, I think you’ll agree that this is definitely the case.

Skagen, Denmark

The streets here hold a very special, and quite colorful, charm all there own — different from Copenhagen, but still colorful in its own way. Whereas Copenhagen attacks the senses with a dizzying multitude of colors, Skagen hews (or is it ‘hues’?) more more toward golden yellows topped with oranges tile roofs:

Skagen, Denmark

Yet not all building conform to this palette:

Skagen, Denmark

Another oddity here in comparison with the previous Baltic destinations I’ve shown you is the apparent newness of the architecture. Most buildings just look recent, even when they are not.

Skagen, Denmark

But the ‘newness’ you see often belies the true age of the buildings here. For instance, the ‘new’ Skagen Church actually dates to 1841, although the exterior color scheme was adopted more recently, in 1989:

“New” Skagen Church, Denmark

Skagen Church clock tower rises above the skyline

I’ll leave you with a couple of more images until we continue our tour on Wednesday:

Skagen, Denmark

Skagen, Denmark

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