West Jutland and the western part of the Limfjord make an area in Denmark, where the landscapes are magnificent and richly varied. Within a short distance you can experience a vast variety of Danish coast, from the rough North Sea coast – “the Iron Coast” – to the many coasts and landscapes of the Limfjord. Here are 50 kilometer of North Sea beach and 175 kilometer of fiord beaches! The landscape behind the coast also offers a great variety with luscious moraines alternating with sandy and flat plains, river valleys, and lakes. Here are plantations, cultivated fields, and large moors offering a plethora of experiences.
Since 2011 it has been a project to make West Jutland (Lemvig, Struer and Holstebro Municipalities) into a European geopark by the guidelines supported by UNESCO. The project is well in the works, and hopefully in the autumn of 2017 Geopark Vestjylland will be found on the list of over 120 geoparks from all over the world, which contains some of the places, that best tells the story of how our planet’s landscapes were shaped during a span of millions of years. At the same time the geopark tells the story of how nature and man have adapted to the conditions after the last ice age.
Read more about project Geopark Vestjylland at www.geoparkvestjylland.dk.
Geological areas in Geopark Vestjylland that you can explore for yourself:
Bovbjerg Klint – view the unique cliff profile of international class with its series of layers developed during the last ice age.
Harboøre Tange – a piece of coast covered by groynes securing the breakthrough of the sea. Get the story about “The Iron Coast” at Flyvholm rescue station. At Tangen there is a vast array of bird life – you can use the bird watching shelter at Naturrum Thyborøn to observe them.
Hygum Bakke – from the vantage point there is a view of the wavy moraines, Harboøre Tange and Nissum Bredning.
Lemvig Sødal – a subglacial stream trench where you can follow the marked trails of 6/4,5 km.
Kabbelfredningen – an exciting landscape of the ice age with a marked trail of 6 km.
Rammedige – The remains of a defense structure, supposedly dating back to the iron ages.
Aa-Mølle – The mill is open to the public all year around and is worked with a roman pull, which to this day is still ope- rable. There only remains three of these in all of Europe. Follow a marked trail of 3 km.
Find a list of the routes at the tourist information or at www.visitnordvestjylland.dk/hiking