Day 102: Lots Of Sand

Østerklit Shelter to Kajholm Shelter

Distance: 45km


I went to bed early last night so by 4:30 this morning I am already wide awake. Not a bad thing as I have a long day ahead of me. Packing goes much better than yesterday so by 05:00 I hit the beach. For the first time on a through hike, I hike along a beach during night time. It feels special, a bit eerie even at first with the dunes on my left, the sea on my right. I can't really make out neither of them in the dark. Two river crossings add a bit of spice. One seems to tricky to ford at night and I decide to head inland, where there luckily is a bridge not too far away.

Eventually, dawn arrives. Shortly after I pass through the depressingly looking town of Hirtshals - not without getting lost...


Then it's back to the beach. Rain starts, getting heavier towards noon. In combination with the constant wind a pain. My mood reaches today's low. Was it really a wise decision to continue E1 in November?

Anyway, let's not think too much about it. It only makes it worse. Eventually I have to leave the beach as the government is desperately trying to stop erosion and save houses by putting massive rocks on the beach. They look terrible but I hope it helps at least.


After passing Lonstrup, the dunes are getting higher - huge! They remind me of the Giant Sand Dunes in New Zealand. It's a beautiful walk. The rain stopped, leaving only the wind. Which nearly blows me away on the dunes. Doesn't matter, if I fall, I land softly. I thoroughly enjoy my time in the dunes. Definitely a mood booster! 

From the dunes it's only a short walk to my overnight place - a shelter in a pine forest.


A long day - especially since it was mostly beach walking, which I find hard on my body. Time to relax and recover for tomorrow. 


Good morning, seal 👋
Good morning, seal 👋
Bunker with Hirtshals Fyr in the background
Bunker with Hirtshals Fyr in the background
A look inside
A look inside
On the right track
On the right track
Ice cream season is over
Ice cream season is over
Approaching the giant sand dunes
Approaching the giant sand dunes
Such a spectacular view
Such a spectacular view
Leaning into the wind
Leaning into the wind
Finally made it
Finally made it

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Comments: 1
  • #1

    George Mills (Friday, 19 November 2021 00:15)

    Sounds great. I said it would remind you of 90mile. Endless sand streams and sand dunes. We even have the WW11 bunkers on our coast. All good

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