North Jutlandic Island, Denmark: A Unique Experience


Traversing the North sea towards the Northern region of Denmark from the Norwegian southern coast is fantastic experience. One get to distinguish the common maritime interests of the Scandinavian countries, especially between Norway and Denmark. These two nations have shared history in the past several centuries, both good and bad, such that only the North Sea became an important witness of this rich cultural and historical exchange. 

The North Jutlandic Island was connected to the rest of the Danish mainland before the 18th century, but due to the strong currents of the North sea, the Agger Channel was created, separating the island from the rest of the Danish northern landmass region. These geographical and historical backgrounds has encouraged me to embark in the journey to, from and between the important cities of North Jutlandic Island in Denmark. This will be the focus of this blogpost. 

Frederikshavn Kirke

This church is one of the biggest in Denmark in terms of seating capacity. The Romanesque architecture has been pattern from another renowned church in North Denmark. Aside from the artworks found inside the church, the limestone walls and magnificent spires make the church an elegant attraction in the northern danish maritime town.

Anker til Minde om Flådens Sænking

This serves as a reminder of the Danish counteraction against the German Nazi invaders. This history has been an important part for the Danish nation as it killed several Danes as a crucial nationalistic sacrifice.

Kirkepladsen


The church square is an important landmark in Frederikshavn. Several boutiques and commercial establishments surround the area. There is a small park besides the parking space near the church square.

Danmarksgade


This is a major pedestrian street in Frederikshavn where major establishments are found. This connects all major streets in the downtown Frederikshavn.

Tordenskjold


This street connects the city hall park and the city sea port. This street is named after a Danish-Norwegian nobleman who fought for the Danish empire against Sweden in the 17th century. 

Havnepladsen


The major road artery provides a scenic view of Frederikshavn. The tourist center is also found along this avenue.

Parallelvej


The name of this street is appropriate because it is parallel to the shore. The city park is located along this street, as long as the library, the city hall and the music house.

Det Musiske Hus

This is a vibrant cultural and music venue with inviting architecture and modern facilities. The music hall has a welcoming reception area and on each side are respectively large hall with the possibility of events for both seated and standing audiences from 400 to 900 seats; and small hall with room for 80 - 210 - also with flexible options.

Fredrikshavn Rådhus


This three-storey rectangular building has a modern functionalist architecture, with several sculptures found on its façade.

Rådhusstræde


This small pathway connects the Parallelvej and Danmarksgade. This provides a beautiful view of the city library.

Skolegade


This is a former private school which was overtaken by the municipality. The school building before was converted into a hotel. 

Krudtårnet



This gun powder tower is part of an ancient fornification. Today, this is a military history museum and serve as the primary landmark in the Danish town of Frederikshavn. Interestingly, this tower was deliberately moved to its present location in the 1970s.

Hjørring Stasjon

Hjørring Station is a Danish railway station in the center of Hjørring in Northern Jutland. This station was built in 1871. This serves as the gateway to the largest city and market town in Northern Jutland. 

Sct. Catharinæ Kirke



This is a cruciform church (dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria) is Hjørring's largest church, located near the Old Town Square. It consists of a late Romanesque core of brick, but is dominated by later alterations and extensions. St. Catherine of Alexandria is a Catholic martyr whose corpse has been discovered in Mount Sinai, Egypt with hair still growing and constant gush of healing oil from her body.

Stokbrogade


This small passageway connects the Akseltorv with the major pedestrian road in Hjørring, the Strømgade. Several commercial establishments are located in the area.

Akseltorv

This square is where the old city hall of Hjørring is situated. There is also a passageway towards Sct. Catharinæ Kirke.

Sct. Olai Kirke


St. Olav's Church is a church of St. Olav's parish in Hjørring Municipality. It is a Romanesque building from the mid-1100s. The church is originally dedicated to Olav the Holy, who was a Norwegian king who led Norway into Christianity. 

Hjørring Baptistkirke


Hjørring Baptist Church is a Christian free church, which is located at Sct. Olav's Square in the center of Hjørring. 

Strømgade


This street was a former small stream the crossed the city. Today, this is a pedestrian street that connects Springvandspladsen with Sct. Olav's Square.

Vendsyssel Kunstmuseum



This is a nationally recognized museum. It is one of the few art museums, where you can experience a close relationship between art images and distinctive landscape outside the museum building.


Hjørring Kommune


This is the city hall of the municipality of Hjørring. The history of the city dates back from the Bronze Age. This is also home of several churches, which had been established since the medieval times.

Østergade

This pedestrian road is the continuation of Strømgade. The two roads are separated by the Hjørring city hall. Many restaurants and commercial establishments are located along the street.

Hirtshals

Known as a fishing and port city, Hirtshals has been an important gateway in Northern Denmark. Many ships dock in the city seaport, especially to and from other Scandinavian neighbors, such as Norway. Just near the seaport is one of the largest aquariums in Europe, the Nordshøen Ocenarium. 
My journey in North Jutlandic Island is indeed a unique one. The best part of the experience is that it is not very difficult to travel to these areas in the near future. It is accessible. One just need to allot time for it to better know and experience the Northern Danish cities, which are integral for the Scandinavian countries.

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