Råbjerg Mile is for those who would like to experience a desert in Denmark with up to 40 meters high sand dunes. & #8220; Denmark's response to the Sahara & #8221; as the mile is also called, is one of Europe's largest hiking dunes and covers an area of about 2 square kilometers.
It is the sand flight itself that has created the mile, and unlike anywhere else, no attempt has been made to stop it. It moves approx. 15 meters every year near the Kattegat and if you do a little head bill, that means it drowns in the sea within a few hundred years.
The experience is so unique that the dune is recorded in Denmark's Natural Canon.
A desert in Denmark goes to the movie
The desert-like surroundings of Råbjerg Mile have been used a few times for filming. In 1915, Nordisk Film recorded the silent film "The Secret of the Sphinx" starring Valdemar Psilander at the time. Once some palm trees and Bedouin tents and some paper pyramids had been placed in the background, the place illustrated the Sahara. At the Coastal Museum in Skagen you can see pictures from the film footage.
In 1971, Råbjerg Mile was the stand-in for the Wild West in the Danish film "Gold for the tough boys of the prairie".
In 2018, the desert of Denmark was once again the backdrop for gigs, as a Danish Star Wars fan with gigs tried to get Disney to choose Råbjerg Mile as its location. The Culture and Leisure Committee in Frederikshavn Municipality even supported the project with DKK 75,000.
Our tips for Råbjerg Mile & #8211; Denmark's largest hiking dune
- Råbjerg Mile is amazing all year but it is definitely a must to walk around barefoot on a warm summer day and feel the desert-like surroundings.
Frequently asked questions
Generally not. However, every year Naturstyrelsen lays out a handicap-friendly course, so that wheelchair users and people with difficulty walking can take a walk of approx. 400 meters into the desert landscape and enjoy the view from the top. However, it is recommended to have a companion help push the wheelchair.
The mile covers an area of approx. 2 square kilometers and is up to 35 meters high.
You will find this desert in Denmark at Bunken Klitplantage and Kandestederne between Skagen and Frederikshavn.
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