A day in Råbjerg Mile, almost makes you feel you are taking a stroll through the desert, when you walk through the beautiful landscape that is Europe’s northernmost migrating coastal dune. From the highest point of the dune, you have a fantastic panoramic view over the entire surrounding landscape, with Skagen visible in the Horizon. Råbjerg Mile moves with a speed of approximately 15 meters per year and has moved around 1.5 kilometres further east over in the last 110 years. Click here for more information.
Throughout a large part of the 16th and 17th century the region around Skagen, as well as many other places along the Danish west coast, were plagued by drifting sand. The result of these sand drifts was one enormous Dune, which today is known as Råbjerg Mile, that slowly moved across the land.
The dune has brought a great deal of destruction in the cause of its lifetime and has destroyed large parts of the farmland as well as buried roads and chased the local residents out of their homes. Den Tilsandede Kirke (The Sandburied Church) still stands as a memento of a time where many houses and farmsteads disappeared under the sand. In the end of the 19th century the Danish state accepted responsibility for the region and promised to improve the infrastructure. What followed was a successful attempt to reforest the area, in order to hinder the continuous drifting of the sands, as well as the establishment of a railway line and a road from Aalbæk to Skagen.
The following map gives you an overview of the Dune and its path of destruction.
One of the main attractions at the Top of Denmark is undoubtedly Råbjerg Mile. Hiking on this migrating dune is truly a treat for both body and soul. Come here early in the morning in low season, and you can almost hear how the sand absorbs all sounds - the stillness is amazing. On windy days you can hear the sand whistling on its way over the dune.
From Råbjerg Mile you have a fantastic view over the Top of Denmark, with Skagen town on the horizon.
Råbjerg Mile emerged at the west coast, facing the North Sea, about 300 years ago. Since then, the wind has moved the dune eastwards across the Top of Denmark at a speed of 15-20 metres per year.