Day 101: Hello Denmark!

Grenen to Østerklit Shelter

Distance: 30km (plus 10km to the trailhead)


8 hours sleep without waking up one single time. I must have been extremely tired yesterday. 

Well rested I get ready for my day. It's taking me a bit longer than usual. Out of practice. 

Eventually, I set off into the night, initially back the same way I arrived from yesterday. Then through the sleepy town of Skagen and onwards to Grenen, which more or less marks Denmarks's northernmost point. By the time I get there, the sky has gotten brighter. It's so windy and rainy, I keep the compulsory photo session as short as possible. 

Once done, I hit the beach. Deserted, as expected. Plenty of birds and some seals. 

I follow the coast for the rest of the day. A typical beach walk. Sometimes sandy, sometimes pebbly (not that often luckily), sometimes wide, sometimes narrow. Only the wind remains. Not with rain anymore but with sun. A welcome change. 


With around 8 hours of daylight, there's not much room. So I keep on walking more or less without a break. 


As I get closer to my shelter, I want to make a short detour via a small village/campground to fill up my water bottles. However, with toilets locked and all the water tabs in the campground turned off for winter, I continue - knowing that it will be a dry camp, no cooking, tonight. 


The camp or shelter, which I reach with sunset (at 16:00) are beautifully located at the edge of a pine forest, overlooking a wide field, an ancient mill and the sea behind. Out of curiosity I check out the mill. Light is burning inside so I try to open door. Unlocked. I venture into the mill. I don't care too much about the milling stuff but rather am delighted to find a toilet and running water. No dry camp tonight at last. 

Still, I need to be more careful with the water. At least as long as I follow the beach, which I will do for another two days. 

But for now, I'm looking forward to my warm porridge, steaming nicely right next to me. 


Here we go again
Here we go again
First of many bunkers
First of many bunkers
That would be a great treat
That would be a great treat
Pebbles. Tough going.
Pebbles. Tough going.
Back to sand
Back to sand
Another bunker
Another bunker
Some sun!
Some sun!
Following the sun
Following the sun
Not much room to navigate
Not much room to navigate
Finally at the shelter
Finally at the shelter
Lovely mill with water and toilet
Lovely mill with water and toilet

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Comments: 1
  • #1

    Fredy (Thursday, 18 November 2021 19:25)

    Must be very nice to walk on the beach but I think it's hard work for the feet.
    And that's a nice shelter you found, or you say in Danish " ly ". ( I'm not quite sure)

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