Updated, August 2019
Bovbjerg Strand and the 41-meter high sandhill bluffs on the North Sea
Growing up in Lemvig on the Danish West Coast we have paid countless visits to Bovbjerg, Ferring and the Lighthouse which sits majestically on the hills above the beach by the North Sea. As a child I would play in the sand dunes, run along the beach and eat countless ice creams at the kiosk located right at top of the hill. Swimming was limited to the edge of the water as it was, and still is, too dangerous to due to high waves and risk of being swept away by the undertow. I remember horror stories of tourist going missing in the waves.
Bovbjerg, an all season playground
Bovbjerg is a splendid nature and landscape hiking/biking destination any time of year. You can walk along the top edge and take in the view of the North Sea or take the stairs down to the beach in order to explore the shoreline and jetties. More tourists and locals visit during the summer months but it is not uncommon to see people in windbreakers and rain jackets walking during a storm during the fall and winter months. The fresh air is invigorating and we play the same game every time we visit. We stand near the edge of the 41-meter high sandhills and lean into the wind. Disclaimer: Be careful not to stand too close to the edge. The winds are usually strong enough to keep you from falling even when leaning in with your full weight. You will find several WWII bunkers along the Danish west coast and Bovbjerg is no exception.
History at Bovbjerg
The name Bovbjerg comes from Bov and Bjerg. Bov is the front of a ship and Bjerg is a Mountain. The steep hills at Bovbjerg were used to navigate from the ocean before modern navigation equipment was available. A fun fact from Bovbjerg: The danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen visited in 1859 and wrote: The water has eaten away at the shoreline, like a man with big teeth taking a bite of a piece of Smørrebrød (Danish open-face smorgasbord).
Bovbjerg Lighthouse (Bovbjerg Fyr)
The main attraction besides the spectacular nature, is the lighthouse, which was built in 1877 as one of the first along the Danish West Coast to help ships navigate the dangerous North Sea.
Family time in Lemvig
We were spending the Christmas holiday season in my hometown of Lemvig, about 15 kilometres from Bovbjerg. It was a treat having both our kids, Mik and Emma with us. Mik had brought his girlfriend Courtney from Canada for her first visit to Denmark. Unfortunately Emma’s boyfriend, Simon, couldn’t join on this fabulous day as he was spending time with his family for the holidays. Please see the captions below the photos.
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