Overlooking the Kattegat Strait that separates Sweden and Denmark, Frederikshavn is a historic harbour town on the Jutland Peninsula. It was established as a fishing village in the 16th century and played a significant role in the Great Nordic War and World War II due to its strategic positioning at the entrance to the Baltic Sea.
Things to do in Frederikshavn
In the heart of Frederikshavn is Fiskerklyngen, a collection of fishermen’s cottages built in a typical North Jutland style. After wandering through the area’s cobblestone streets, you can ride the elevator that leads to the top of the Cloos Tower for 360-degree views across the surrounding countryside.
On the southern edge of Frederikshavn is the Bangsbo Museum, which occupies an estate dating back to the 16th century. It was once frequented by some of Denmark’s most famous poets and houses exhibits detailing the country’s sailing history, textile industry and the resistance movements of World War II. The museum also features a small botanical garden and a forest playground that kids will love.
A short stroll from the Bangsbo Museum is the Bangsbo Fort Bunker, which was built by the Germans during World War II and armed with cannons from the Danish frigate Niels Juel. Join a guided tour to explore its exhibition bunkers and learn about the site’s use by the Danish Navy before enjoying the site’s elevated views across Frederikshavn.
Getting around Frederikshavn
Aalborg Airport is a 45-minute drive from Frederikshavn and has flights to destinations across Europe while regular trains connect from Copenhagen to the Frederikshavn railway station. Ferries travel from the Frederikshavn Ferry Wharf to Gothenburg and Oslo, as well as to the island of Læsø. Buses travel throughout Frederikshavn and the town centre is pedestrian-friendly.