The Danish Sahara

12 Oct

A few weekends ago, I journeyed north with a big group of international exchange students on a university-organized trip to Skagen – the northern most point in Denmark. Skagen has long been a hub for shipping and the fishing industry, as well as a home for Danish artists and a popular vacation spot for wealthy Danes. But the draw for us was the chance to stand at the spot, called Grenen, where two major bodies of water – the North Sea and the Kattegut – collide with each other. It really is a neat sight, unlike any I’ve seen:


However, the highlight of the day by far was the Råbjerg Mile, a migrating coastal sand dune. The largest of its kind in Northern Europe, the horseshoe-shaped dune covers roughly half a square mile and reaches heights of 130 feet above sea level. We had a great tour guide who took our large group out to some very neat spots along the dune:

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Sifting through sand dunes like these in Denmark of all places was wild and completely unexpected, and took me back to Tunisia and the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert, where my former (and definitely future) travel compadre David Sanchez and I journeyed during our spring break at DIS in 2012. A few months ago, David (who is traveling the world on a Keegan Fellowship – more on that here) used an innocent Facebook comment I made as inspiration to return to Istanbul, which we also explored while studying at DIS. Well David, I may not have returned to Tunisia, but this is about as close as I’ll get to one-uping you while I’m in Denmark:


Till the next camel ride, brother…

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4 Responses to “The Danish Sahara”

  1. Nancy Macias October 31, 2014 at 9:45 pm #

    Boy, that brings back memories. I am so envious of you being able to make such a VIP tour with people who cared about you. Nathan, you have a life-time of memories at age 23. We are fine and joining in the festivities of the Mexican Holiday “The Day of the Dead. I’ll send you the program we’ll attend tomorrow morning. The Mexican Village of art and jewelry, etc is across the street and decorated to celebrate Sat and Sun with great dancers, music and special food. Do they have anything like this in Denmark? We are doing good and you are too. Love, Grandma Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:36:15 +0000 To:

  2. Nancy Groswold December 29, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    Hi Nathan
    just browsing thru your blog…what fun you are having! I will be traveling to Istanbul and Greece in June so I need to pick your brain as far as Istanbul goes. I’ll be there for 3 days so if you have any suggestions where to go, other than the famous tourists traps, please let me know. Hope all is well and here’s to the new year!!

  3. Ashley Conard March 29, 2015 at 4:11 pm #

    This is an incredible blog!! Thank you for sharing this link. I am extremely impressed by these posts and the insights and details you leave for us to read. What an adventure Nathan! I hope I can visit soon and “add” to your blog in this way. Please keep it up! Ill keep reading!!!!!


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