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Fun Photo Friday — Skagen Favorites 1


Glass Studio

Here is the first of two Fun Photo Fridays dedicated to Skagen (click on any image in the gallery below to enlarge and bring up today’s slide show):

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Transatlantic — Skagen; Waterfront and another Church


Skagen Havn (Port of Skagen)

On Monday I showed you the ‘new’ Skagen Luthern Church built in 1841. That church is located near the old town center. But there is another fascinating Luthern church here, located closer to Skagen Havn, which translates to Port of Skagen. This church is the Svenska Sjömanskyrkan i Skagen (the Swedish Seamen’s Church Skagen):

Svenska Sjömanskyrkan i Skagen

This church contains a nautically themed interior, as one would expect for a church geared toward the fishing community here:

Svenska Sjömanskyrkan i Skagen

The people who run this church are very accommodating, and encourage you to come inside to take photographs:

Svenska Sjömanskyrkan i Skagen

Svenska Sjömanskyrkan i Skagen

Svenska Sjömanskyrkan i Skagen

But let’s head over to the harbor and look around. Skagen Havn is the principle fishing port for the country of Denmark. As such, you can come here for lunch, where you’ll find several restaurants vying for your attention. I didn’t photograph our lunch here, but the fish and chips were quite good.

Skagen Havn (Port of Skagen)

Did I mention Skagen is quite colorful? Here are some examples from the port area:

Skagen Havn (Port of Skagen)

Skagen Havn (Port of Skagen)

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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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