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brief introduction to Himmerland:
Himmerland, situated in the northern part on the Danish
peninsula, Jutland, stretches from Kattegat in the east, Limfjorden in the west
and north and to Mariager Fjord in the south.
slopes, forests and deep blue shining waters of the fjords characterize this lovely
spot in the heart of the Danish Kingdom, where both nature and culture always
played an important role. Rold Skov, the largest wooded area in the country, Lille
Vildmose, the biggest raised bog in Europe on the banks of Kattegat and the 7000
years old kitchen midden at Ertebølle belong to the places of interest and are
just a small selection of what the region has to offer.
Roaming around the countryside you will discover a number
of old manors, beautifully maintained in well-kept parks with green lawns and
tall trees. And in every village, however small, the typical sight of a whitewashed
church side by side with the red-white Danish flag will no doubt become one of
the happiest memories of Denmark.
Many date back as late as 11-12th centuries
like the granite church in Farsø Foulum boasts one of from 1180. Foulum boasts
one of the oldest buildings in Himmerland, namely the Romanesque church from approx.1170.
10 km to the south of Løgstør Vitskøl Kloster is worth a visit. The land was donated
the Cistercian Order by King Valdemar in 1157 as a thank to God for the lucky
escape from the massacre at Roskilde near Copenhagen. The monks built a monastery
on the spot as well as a church, which was intended to be the biggest in Scandinavia.
But the church was never completed according to the original plans and the Reformation
left only the ruins you see to-day. The monks did leave their original spice-herb-
and medicine gardens, now open to the public.
On the Louns
peninsula near Hvalpsund do not miss the last thatched manor house, the 4 winged
estate "Hessel". The simple and harmonic estate houses an agricultural museum,
open all year, and during the summer season the Limfjord-dipped slopes host events
such as sheep and goat fairs, old fashioned methods of grain-reaping and folklore
marriages. The whole Louns peninsula offer a nice selection of paths in the heart
of protected nature and is very rich on scenic beauty.
Nobel-prize winning Himmerlænding:
The world famous writer Johannes V. Jensen and his sister
Thit Jensen, born in the 1870's in Farsø, were both deeply involved in the social
life of the local farmers and fishermen.
Johannes V. Jensen was awarded the
Nobel Prize in 1944 for literature. "The long Journey" and "Himmerland Tales"
belong to his best known novels. His sister, a despised outcast for her candid
and indiscreet views on the lack of women's rights in the stern 1900, was nevertheless
awarded the Holberg Prize in 1940 and accepted into the ranks of the Authors Association.
Her novels "Jørgen Lykke", "Stygge Krumpen" and "Valdemar Atterdag" all take place
to do in Himmerland:
Hobro - "Around the world in 1 hour". World map in a park.
Gatten - Himmerland Golf & Country Club, golf courses, tennis and swimmingpools.
Rønbjerg - Holiday Centre w. Aqualand
Løgstør - Frederik VII Water Channel and Limfjord Museum
Ertebølle - Stone Age-Kitchen Midden
Hvalpsund - Hessel Manor Museum
Farsø - Remembrance rooms of the Jensen-authors.
Skørping/Rebild Bakker - Amr. 4th July Festivities.
Aalborg - Museums, Fun Park, Zoo
course, there are plenty of water sports opportunities surf board is very popular
and easily accessible due to the many beaches.
A plea to the visitor - please
keep the nature as clean as you would like to enjoy it.
Løgstør, Rønbjerg, Aggersund, Nibe.
you feel the urge to visit the northernmost region of Denmark, a bridge takes
you from Aalborg to Nørresundby in Vendsyssel. The Aggersund bridge takes you
to Hanherred and the beaches of the Danish west coast - Slette Strand, Blokhus
and Lild Strand. Going north you reach Råbjerg Mile, the famous wandering sand
dune, which hides medieval churches and farms and is doomed to disappear into
Kattegat around year 2330. Continuing north, the glowing ochre-yellow houses of
Skagen and the narrow, windy streets lead you right into the world of the "Arts
of Light", the famous Golden Age paintings born of out of the blue shimmering
light you yourself will discover on the "Grenen", the narrow strip of land kissed
by two seas. Skagens Museum display the famous works of Holger Drachmann, P.S.
Krøyer and the couple Anna and Michael Ancher.
a 900 years old Capital:
Aalborg is the capital of Northern Jutland and combines
medieval architecture and spirit with today's pulsating lifestyle in a charming
way. The pedestrian streets in the inner city offer a large selection of shops,
cafés, bars, restaurants, colours and music.
Jomfru Ane Gade is The Place
you should not miss perfect for lunches, cosy for dining and well equipped for
a late night out.
If you are travelling with children, Aalborg's Tivoli,
the fun park, and the spacious zoo where the animals enjoy a fair amount of freedom,
are well worth a visit.
Note: As in all cities, beware of pickpockets.
on the Menu in Himmerland:
is on the menu in every restaurant, and highly recommended, be it in it's fried,
smoked or poached variety. Fried or poached plaice with boiled potatoes and smelted
butter is as common as fried eel accompanied by potatoes in white sauce - the
real display of appreciation of the latter means decorating the rind of your plate
with the backbones all the way around! The variety of smoked fish is wide - buying
them directly from the smokehouse, will provide a hearty and tasty lunch. Like
the fried eel, smoked fish wash nicely down with cold beer and iced snaps, one
the Danish specialities.
Frequent meat dishes are Frikadeller, fried meatballs,
Hakkebøf with soft onions, fried beefburger in sauce, Engelsk Bøf, fried fillet
of beef, Hamburgerryg, cooked smoked fillet of pork.
Open Sandwiches are world famous just as Danish Pastries called Wienerbrød, due
to a Viennese baker.
There are a number of desserts of which Æblekage
(it's not a cake), Rødgrød med fløde (thickened stew of red fruits with cream)
and different fruit-mousses, called Fromage (and for French readers, Danish Fromage
is NOT Cheese)! A typical Danish meal ends with coffee - if you like brandy, ask
for the price - you'll only get 3 cl. but almost pay for the entire bottle - this
goes for all spirits.
All restaurants serve wine - check the price before
ordering or you may be in for nasty surprise.
Note: Count your
drinks if you are going to drive afterwards - police are strict and fines are
By plane: Fly into Kastrup,( Copenhagen) and onwards to
Car ferry from Britain: Disembark in Esbjerg and continue
north to Hobro.
Car ferry from Sweden and Norway: Disembark in Frederikshavn
and go south to Aalborg.
Car ferry from Bergen(Norway) to Hanstholm. Go east
By rail: Ask to go to Aalborg.
By coach from Copenhagen:
Ask the agency, but general stops are in Hobro, Nibe and Aalborg.
By car from
Seeland: Catch the car ferry to either Grenaa or to Ebeltoft and continue to Hobro.
to stay: Hotels with restaurants:
Hotel. tel. 98522800 fax. -|
Hadsund. tel. 98574255 fax. 98574657|
Sydfærgekroen. tel. 98571301 fax. 98572099
Golf & Country Club. tel. 98661600 fax. -|
Hotel. tel. 98633399 fax. -
Færgekro. tel. 98638600 fax. 98638644|
Chagall. tel. 98126933 fax.98131344|
tel. 98164333 fax. 98161747
Park Hotel. tel. 98123133 fax. 98133166
Feriecenter. tel. 98676700 fax. -|
Hotel. tel. 98351677 fax. -|
Restrup Herregård tel. 98341888 fax. -|
Stor Kro. tel. 98375100 fax. 98375250|
Rebild Park. tel. 98391400 fax. 98391464
Postgården. tel. 98541012|
Hotel. tel. 98621600 fax. 98621187|
Some people have the charming ability to find all seasons
equally attractive, but the majority will probably find Himmerland at it's best
from May to September when life out of doors is pleasant. The sea-bathing season
starts around mid-June and lasts throughout August, sometimes even into September,
but do not count on it. Anyway, the Danish climate is quite unpredictable due
to the fact that Denmark is an island-state and not all that far away from the
The Christmas season is for many reasons the best period
for the out-of-season traveller - Danes are famous for their indoor "hygge" (having
a cosy time with nice meals, fire in the stove and, very important, lots of candles..)
Streets and gardens are beautifully decorated, with floods of lights, Christmas
Most hotels offer excellent atmosphere and exquisite
meals and drinks - the Danish "Julebord" the buffet is a highlight, meal-wise,
bouncing with succulent dishes.
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