Thy National Park
Take a walk in the past
The west of Thy has been designated as the first Danish national park. Thy National Park stretches for an up to 12-kilometer-wide belt along the west coast of Jutland from Agger Tange to Hanstholm. It is a large and unspoiled natural area totaling 244 km2. In the National Park you can go between outstretched, wind-swept wilds and aromatic pine trees. You can also throw yourself into the sparkling waves of the North Sea or bike through cool dune plantations.
The National Park is a coherent natural area for people, plants and animals. At Hanstholm game reserve, located in the northern part of the National Park, more than 30 different species of bird breed, and the otter has found sanctuary in the lakes of the protected area.
Agger Tange - in the southern part of the National Park - is one of Northern Europe's most important resting areas for numerous flocks of water birds. Tangen has been designated as an international bird protection area.
At the same time, the National Park is an important piece of Danish history. The area covers numerous grave mounds from the Bronze Age, and the many German bunkers along the coast are a reminder of a time when Denmark, under German rule, was in the frontline of an expected attack from Allied forces during the Second World War.
The harsh wind and the drift of the sand on land are visible by the abandoned farmlands which today are dune heaths or plantations. All of this is a testimony of a time not too long ago, when life on the west coast was tough on the locals.
The weather and nature is constantly shifting in Thy National Park, ranging from lashing wind full of salty sea air by the coasts to mild breezes in the wet, steaming forest floor. But irrespective of how you move around in the park, you can sense the grandeur of the area. You can enjoy the big skies, and it is hard not to stretch your arms over your head and fill your lungs with the fresh air.
Welcome to Thy National Park.
Where to start?
If you are wondering where to start exploring Thy National Park you are welcome to pay us a visit at the first, small visitor centre located at Stenbjerg Landing Place.
Stenbjerg Landing Place has been an important point for inshore fishing. The picturesque tool sheds have been constructed by the fishermen around 1900. Fishing by profession moved to the new harbour of Hanstholm in 1972. Since then, fishing from Stenbjerg has turned into a hobby. The unique cultural environment of the landing place has been renovated thanks to a local society for the protection of the landing place. The society welcomed the first visitor centre of the National Park in a former icecream kiosk in spring 2010.
In our visitor centre you can learn more on the nature of Thy National Park. It is open every afternoon (1-5 pm) from April till the end of October. You can also ask questions, get maps and folders, find out what happens, watch video, etc.
How to find us?
From Thisted and Vorupør you can take bus no. 313 to Stenbjerg Kirkevej by the sea. From there it is a nice stroll through the dune heath down to the visitor centre, the landing place and the sea.