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The town and harbour of Thyborøn is located at the mouth of the Limfjorden Fiord into the Atlantic Ocean at the Northwestern coast of Jutland.

The mouth of Limfjorden into the North Sea at Thyborøn

This is one of the places through which viking ships leaving on expeditions sailed out into The Atlantic Ocean also known locally as The North Sea, in the Viking Age. However, in the 12th. century the channel sanded up and was closed, and several towns were built on the area, but several storms and storm floods washed whole societies away.

The mouth of Limfjorden fiord close up with a fishing boat coming in from The Atlantic

In the early 19th. century yet another flood and storm washed away so much of the sand that the Thyborøn Channel was re-opened for passage, and has remained so since. A decision to close the Thyborøn Channel was actually passed by the Danish Parliament, Folketinget, in 1946, to allow the construction of a road, but the decision was rescinded, and the Thyborøn Channel is actively kept open till this day, to allow ship traffic to the many ports along Limfjorden.

The Thyborøn Harbor at Limfjorden in Northwestern Jutland

Thyborøn Harbour is not large geographically, but is very active as a commercial fishing harbour because of its location. If you show up in July or August on a Wednesday at 11AM at gate 7 of the fishery auction, you can enjoy following how the landed fish is auctioned off to buyers from all of Europe.

The activity area West of the harbour - The Coastal Centre, The Jutland Aquarium and The Red Huts

West of the Harbour, next to The North Sea, you find most of the tourist activities - The Red Huts on the left, contain a glassblower's workshop, a candy factory and a restaurant. The Coastal Centre with the green windows is an experimentarium related to the nature around Thyborøn - try building a channel, try sailing a model fishing trawler or what it's like to have your hands sink into quicksand. At the white building behind the parking to the right is the Jutland Aquarium, where you can see the crabs, fish and other life in Limfjorden and The North Sea, you can pat a shark, a ray or shake hand with a crab. The aquarium also has a large collection of Amber on display.

The beach between Thyborøn Harbor and the mouth of the Limfjorden Fiord into The Atlantic Ocean

The beach between Pier 63, the West end of the harbour, and the mouth of Limfjorden, looks peaceful and beautiful today, but during World War II bunkers were constructed it was and full of military activities, as this was part of the Atlantic Wall built by the Germans. The large number of bunkers continues down South along the coast from Thyborøn, and there's a bunker museum some kilometers South of Thyborøn. Today the beach is peaceful and a nice place to bathe and enjoy the sun.

A Sand fisher, a boat which sucks up sand at one place and dumps it like this at another spot

Keeping the Thyborøn Channel open is a full time job for some. Nature keeps trying to close the channel with sand and Man has to move the sand somewhere where the sand is being washed away, like here a few hundred meters South of the Mouth of Limfjorden, next to The Red Huts. The Sandfisher has in effect split its hull in two and is pumping sand out onto the bottom next to the beach.

The Atlantic Ocean is a tough neighbour - you need to protect the land against it - here at Thyborøn

The protection against the sea began in ernest in the late 19th. century, and Thyborøn more or less exists because of the railroad tracks built to the harbour, which not only allowed building materials to be sailed to the coast and The Red Huts which were an essential part of the coastal protection effort, but also allowed the fishers to have their catches transported down the line to the markets. This protection effort is ongoing today and is obvious to visitors to Thyborøn. The wild nature doesn't rest, which is part of its fascination.


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