Skagen cruises

Filled with red and yellow clapboard houses, Skagen occupies a large spit of sand at the most northerly reaches of Denmark. Many flock to Grenen, the scenic end point of the dunes where two beaches meet. The light in the area has long attracted artists, and the results of the area’s inspiration can be seen in the Skagen Museum, and in local shops filled with pottery and glassware.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Voergaard Castle & Pastry

    Visit Voergaard Castle and Bangsbo Manor Old Mill for a Danish Pastry.

    Voergaard Castle & Pastry

    Skagen is located on the ‘very top’ of Denmark, on a narrow strip of land, between the two seas, Kattegat and Skagerak. The town is surrounded by heath and dunes - a quite special landscape - which you’ll drive through on your way to Voergaard Castle.

    Voergaard Castle can be found behind a wide moat and metre-thick walls and is Denmark’s most beautiful renaissance castle with the scariest ghost stories and finest private art collection. Enjoy a guided tour through the rooms and halls, boasting numerous treasures - some of which have a history dating back to Napoleon.

    Continue to Bangsbo Manor Old Mill, situated in the hills behind the town of Frederikshavn. Enjoy a refreshment of tea or coffee and sample one of the famous Danish pastries, before continuing back to Skagen for a panoramic drive through the town.


    There is approximately one hour of walking on this tour including some over sand and approximately 60 steps inside the Castle.

    Driving down the east coast from Skagen you will find some interesting sights and venues including the Buried Church. Named after Saint Laurence, the patron saint of seafarers and Skagen, the Church dates back to the 13th Century and became buried by migrating sand dunes. Today only the tower remains visible in the dunes south of Skagen.

    Voergaard Castle can be found behind a wide moat and metre-thick walls and is Denmark’s most beautiful renaissance castle with the scariest ghost stories and finest private art collection. Venture down into the dungeon, meet the ghosts and find the bloodstain which cannot be washed off. Experience a wonderful world of priceless art treasures and royal antiques. Step into the medieval swarm of footmen, maids, monks, soldiers, craftsmen and tradespeople at Voergaard Slot.

    Bangsbo Manor is situated in the hills behind the town of Frederikshavn. Enjoy a refreshment of tea or coffee at the old mill and sample one of the famous Danish pastries before continuing back to Skagen for a panoramic drive through Town.

    Tour code

    SKA_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Skagen Home Visit

    A unique experience to visit a private home and discover a real insight into the true way of life of Skageners.

    Skagen Home Visit

    Together with a small group, depart the pier on foot and follow your guide as they lead you through the charming old fishing village of Skagen.

    For generations, the town has been a source of inspiration for artists, poets and musicians, as well as a favourite tourist destination. From wild to mild, with drifting dunes, lush forests and miles of sandy beaches, this rare and natural enclave attracts visitors from all over the world. During your relaxing stroll you’ll visit the town’s local church.

    The highlight of your tour will be a visit to a private home. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with a warm welcome from the owners, who’ll then enlighten you with facts about the local culture and daily lifestyle of the Skagen people, sharing timeless traditions and stories with you, in a casual setting. Coffee and Danish pastries (what else) are served during your visit.

    This is a wonderful opportunity to explore Denmark’s northernmost town, and really feel what it’s like to be a local.

    Your tour will end close to the marina, where you may choose to explore Skagen further or return directly to the ship via the shuttle bus.


    This excursion will operate on foot. Your tour will end in town; guests are required to use the shuttle bus service for their return to the ship.

    Tour code

    SKA_009

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Panoramic Skagen

    See the picturesque sights of Skagen from the comfort of your coach.

    Panoramic Skagen

    Sit back and relax on board your coach as a leisurely drive introduces you to the idyllic town of Skagen and its pristine surrounding countryside. During your tour, your knowledgeable guide will enlighten you with interesting information on the area.

    In the town itself, you’ll pass by Skagen's Museum of Local History and see the contrasting homes of local fishermen, both rich and poor. Then, it’s onward towards the former Royal summer residence of Klitgaarden, before heading south for a drive through the Hulsig Heath - a protected rural landscape. You’ll then drive by the Raabjerg Mile, the largest migrating sand dune in Denmark and Northern Europe. It was formed on the west coast in 16th century during the great sand drift.

    Continue back to Old Skagen where you’ll see typical seaside hotels and the characteristic bright yellow Skagen houses. Pass the Skagen Odde Nature Centre, designed by the world famous Danish architect, Jørn Utzon, then on to the Grenen area where you’ll learn about why Skagen has four lighthouses!

    During your tour, a stop will be made at local hotel where refreshments of tea, coffee and a local pastry will be served.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves minimal walking.

    Tour code

    SKA_008

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • WWII and the Atlantic Wall

    Discover the important part that Northern Denmark played in the coastal defence system, the ‘Atlantic Wall’, during WWII.

    WWII and the Atlantic Wall

    Built by German forces between 1942 and 1944 along the coast of continental Europe and Scandinavia, the coastal defence system, the ‘Atlantic Wall’ acted as a defence against an anticipated Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe from Great Britain during World War II. When the Allies eventually invaded the Normandy beaches in 1944, most of the defences were stormed within hours. Today, ruins of the wall exist in all of the nations where the wall was built, although many structures have been demolished over the years.

    Your tour will allow you the opportunity to view the remains of the Atlantic Wall that occupied the Skagen area. After a scenic drive offering pleasant coastal views, you’ll arrive at the Bangsbo Fort, located in an area of a range of defences set up by German forces during WWII to defend the port of Frederikshavn; a port of vital strategic importance as it guaranteed their supplies of raw materials from Norway.

    Following a guided tour of the Bangsbo Fort area, complete your tour with a visit to the Bangsbo Museum, showcasing a wonderful collection of WWII artefacts, as well as exhibits of Danish resistance.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately two hours of walking on this tour, as well as some steps to negotiate. The journey to Bangso Fort is approximately 50 minutes each way.

    Tour code

    SKA_010

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4 hours

  • The Top of Denmark

    Located at the northern tip of Jutland, Skagen is Denmark’s northernmost town and is unlike any other.

    The Top of Denmark

    Famed for its painters, Skagen town is full of picturesque fishermen houses, all painted in warm yellow with red roofs and characteristic white edges. The local inhabitants, or ‘Skagbo’s’, take great pride in their town with neatly white-painted fences and well-kept gardens.

    From the pier pass by the Bindebøll warehouses and head South to one of the area’s most curious attractions: the Buried Church – an old church buried in the sand, where only the upper two thirds of the tower is to be seen!

    Returning to Skagen town you’ll pass by Anna and Michael Ancher's House and the Skagen Art Museum. It was here the famous Skagen painters in 19th century created their characteristic works, inspired by the light and the French impressionists. At the Skagen Museum of Local History, learn about life in the village back in the late 1800’s.

    North of Skagen is Grenen, located at the very top of Denmark. Board the ‘Sandormen’, a tractor driven bus that will take you to the uttermost point of the whole European continent and the point where the seas of North Sea and Baltic Sea meet. Enjoy some free time for souvenir shopping before returning to your ship.


    This tour will operate by coach, tractor bus and on foot.Note: There is approximately 30 minutes of walking on this tour over some uneven ground and beach. Practical walking shoes are recommended. There are 2 steps to negotiate to board the tractor bus. This tour may operate in reverse.

    Tour code

    SKA_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Skagen by Bike

    A great way of seeing the sights of Skagen.

    Skagen by Bike

    Do as the ‘Skagbo’s’ - Hop on your bike and cycle through the picturesque town of Skagen with yellow painted houses, white fences and red roofs. Head out into the unique landscape towards Grenen viewpoint, which is located on a peninsula with only a few kilometres of land between the Baltic Sea and the North Sea.

    Arriving at the Skagen Gren viewpoint, dismount your bike and walk through the dunes to the very top of Denmark. Marvel at the scenery as you stand at the uttermost point of the whole European continent and the point where the seas of North Sea and Baltic Sea meet.

    Enjoy a soft drink refreshment at the top of the continent, before continuing cycling to the Buried Church. The ruins of the old church have fallen prey to the drifting dunes and now only the original spire remains standing as the dunes grow bigger and bigger. Ride back to Skagen through the old town before returning to the pier.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by bike and on foot. This excursion is only suitable for those in good physical condition. You must be a competent rider and at least 12 years of age. Your tour includes a full explanation of equipment, complete safety instructions and a safety helmet (compulsory). Closed-toe shoes are required. Distance covered during the cycle ride is approximately 12 miles.

    Tour code

    SKA_005

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Skagen Walking Tour

    Follow in the footsteps of the famous Skagen painters.

    Skagen Walking Tour

    A short transfer will take you past the inner marina, lined with charminig red painted houses, to your starting point.

    Setting off on foot, your guide will lead you past the White Lighthouse for a photograph stop at the Vippefyr, a traditional tipping lantern that was a popular type of navigational aid used in Denmark during the 17th century and even earlier. From here you can enjoy views of the white sandy beach, Soendre Strand.

    Visit the Skagen Museum of Art, which houses a large collection of paintings created by the famous Skagen painters.

    Your walking tour will then take you past the former residence of the painters Anna & Michael Ancher, 2 of the prominent Skagen painters. Follow your guide along the Skagen shopping street and take a closer look at some of the galleries.

    The shopping street leads to the Skagen Church dating back to 1841. This church replaced the former church, St Laurence’s, which can be seen just south of Skagen and is now known as the Buried Church. (The Buried Church will not be visited on this tour).

    Your tour will end close to the marina, where you may choose to explore Skagen further or return directly to the ship via the shuttle bus.


    This tour will operate on foot. This tour may operate in reverse order and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Photographs are not allowed to be taken inside the museum. Guests are required to use the shuttle bus service for their return to the ship.

    Tour code

    SKA_006

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    3 hours