Thy National Park
24/07/2010 - 25/07/2010
On the weekend of 24 & 25 July, Rikke, Aaron, Chas and myself travelled to the north of Denmark to visit the beautiful area of Thy. This is a special area surrounded by the Limfjord and the North Sea. The locals are very proud of this unspoilt environment, part of which has been proclaimed Denmark's greatest 'wilderness' - the first and largest national park, an unspoiled nature area of 244 square kms.
Rikke's mum grew up in this area so Aaron and Rikke were very keen to share this with us. Rikke spent many of her childhood holidays here with her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
With kilometres of white, undisturbed sand beaches along the west coast, this is a major tourist area with many people coming for the summer holiday season. Many Danes have small summer houses which are only used during holiday time. In some areas the small villages actually close down over the winter months. You certainly get a sense of the ruggedness of this area with the strong winds and the surf blowing in from the North Sea. One of Europe´s best surf spots, known as 'Cold Hawaii' is on the coast at Klitmøller in Thy, and a world competition for windsurfing will be held here in September.
We stayed in a B&B on a farm (Munkebo) with chickens, sheep, donkey, ducks, dogs and cat. It was comfortable and close to everything. It was amazing beautiful summer weather, except for the ever present wind. Our first visit was to Nth Vorupør, a beautiful fishing village. It was very peaceful walking along the sand by the water with the sand dunes which seem to go on for ever. The dunes developed at the end of the last ice age and are still moving east.
On Sunday morning, Aaron, Chas and I rose at 5am to go hunting for deer and birds in the national park leaving Rikke to catch up on some much needed rest. Obviously we were only armed with our binoculars and cameras!! It was quite cold, with a strong wind blowing. We first tried the open areas looking for signs of the herd of deer. We then moved into the forest hoping to find our way to the observation tower. Aaron is an avid bird watcher and was able to point out different ones to us. This area of the park is one of only four areas in Denmark which has a mating pair of cranes. We were very pleased to be able to see them with the binoculars quite some distance away, initially in the water, and then venturing out onto the grassed area, which was special. The sun was just reaching the top of the trees when we decided to go home for breakfast 3 1/2 hours later. While we did not see the herd, we did see one beautiful deer running across a field. A lovely time together.
After lunch we went for a walk through a different forest to a lovely secluded lake. Rikke is definitely a 'water' person who has to get her feet wet whenever she can. It was a lovely peaceful area, and several other families arrived to enjoy it also while we were there.
To have a look at the map to get a better idea of where Thy is located, log in to http://www.visitthy.dk/international/en-gb/menu/turist/thy.htm
Remember to look at the photo gallery for more pics of this beautiful area. I have included captions on most, and it is lovely to see them in the 'Large' sizing.